Here’s the latest on who’s pulled/filed papers to run for local office this November (in alphabetical order). Names in blue are those who have “filed,” meaning they’ve submitted completed paperwork as opposed to just picking up papers to run. Also, names with asterisks at the end are incumbents. The filing period ends Aug. 6.
* Alameda County Water District (2 open seats): 1) Judy Huang*; 2) Paul Sethy
* BART, District 6 (1 seat): 1) Tom Blalock*
* Fremont City Council (2 seats): 1) Vinnie Bacon; 2) Kristen Briggs; 3) Bill Harrison*; 4) John T. Herndon; 5) Fazlur Khan; 6) Kathryn Rhyn McDonald; 7) Anu Natarajan*; 8)) Vladimir Rodriguez; 9) Linda Susoev
* Fremont Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Lara York*
* New Haven Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Jerico Abanico; 2) Rosalinda Canlas; 3) Sarabjit Cheema; 4) Gwen Estes*
* Newark Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Charlie Mensinger*; 2) Gary Stadler; 3) Nancy Thomas*
* Ohlone Community College District, Area 1 (2 seats): 1) Bill McMillin*; 2) Richard Watters*
* Ohlone Community College District, Area 2 (2 seats): 1) Bob Brunton; 2) Ishan Shah
* Union City City Council (3 seats): 1) Subru Bhat; 2) Emily Duncan; 3) James Robert Greaney; 4) Venkataraman Iyer; 5) Forrest Patterson; 6) Gary Singh; 7) Bill Stone
* Washington Township Healthcare District (3 seats): 1) Michael Wallace*
Here’s the latest on who’s pulled papers to run for the November election. Names that were added today are in blue. Remember: just because someone pulls papers doesn’t mean (s)he is running necessarily. One’s candidacy isn’t official until the completed forms are turned back into the county Registrar’s office (or city hall) and certified by the registrar/clerk. The filing period ends Aug. 6.
* Fremont City Council (2 open seats): 1) Kristen Briggs; 2) Kathryn Rhyn McDonald; 3) Bill Harrison; 4) Anu Natarajan; 5) Vinnie Bacon
* Fremont Unified School District (2 seats)
* Newark Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Gary Stadler; 2) Charlie Mensinger; 3) Nancy Thomas (Thomas pulled and filed papers today)
* New Haven Unified School District (2 seats): 1) Jerico Abanico; 2) Gwen Estes (Estes pulled and filed papers. She said four years ago when she ran for re-election that it would be her last term. I guess she changed her mind.)
* Union City Council (3 seats)
* Ohlone College, Area 1 (2 seats): 1) Bill McMillin; 2) Bob Brunton
Today was the first day people could officially declare their candidacy for local government races by filing papers with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters or, in some cases, at city hall. Here’s a summary of Tri-City area races for November and who’s picked up nomination papers. That means these people are thinking about running, but until they submit completed forms (aka “file them,”) they’re not official candidates.
* Fremont City Council (2 open seats): 1) Kristen Briggs; 2) Kathryn Rhyn McDonald; 3) Bill Harrison; 4) Anu Natarajan
* Fremont Unified School District (2 open seats).
* Newark Unified (2 open seats): 1) Gary Stadler
* New Haven Unified (2 open seats): 1) Jerico Abanico
* Union City Council (3 open seats): No one’s pulled papers, but Emily Duncan, of the city’s human relations commission, has had a Facebook page up since June about her candidacy.
* Ohlone College, Area 1 (2 open seats): Bill McMillin.
Last night, the New Haven school district recognized its Teacher of the Year and its Classified Employee of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year is Mikey McKelvey, who teaches seventh-grade at Alvarado Middle School.
She’s served as a Writers Workshop coach, literacy coordinator, curriculum leader and department head and is on the school site council. She’s also a National Board certified teacher in English and social science/history.
McKelvey has taught in New Haven for 18 years, the majority of which has been spent at AMS.
On the classified side, Lenora Matthews was named Classified Employee of the Year.
Matthews has worked at Searles Elementary for four years, supervising recesses and organizing lunch and recess schedules, as well as the supervisors’ schedules. She also mentors students in the PALS program and serves on the Building Effective Schools Together (BEST) team.
People are still talking about the New Haven school board’s Tuesday meeting, when it voted 3-2 to reopen Barnard-White Middle School. The school closed two years ago as a cost-savings measure to deal with declining enrollment.
Although the board voted to reopen a school, it has not specified how many students can enroll, what type of school it will be (e.g., a regular school, small school, specialized academy, etc.) or how it will pay for it.
Many in the Decoto neighborhood want a school again that’s closer to home, but some community members say it’s fiscally irresponsible to open a school in the midst of budget cuts. The district is projecting a minimum $3.2 million deficit next year, and the board will be looking at possibly laying off teachers, increasing class sizes and cutting the budgets for transportation, band, forensics and other co-curricular programs.
Trustees Gwen Estes, Jonas Dino and Michelle Matthews voted to reopen BWMS while Gertrude Gregorio and Kevin Harper cast the dissenting votes.
For the second time in recent months, I’ve been tripped up by police scanner traffic that led me to believe there was an active SWAT incident going on in the Tri-City area.
In May I heard SWAT action on the Fremont police radio channels, and it turned out to be nothing more than a training exercise at a defunct car dealership. And today I heard similar static on the Union City radio channels. One big difference though: I didn’t race out there today with my notebook and press pass in hand. Instead I was able to confirm by telephone that stuff I was hearing was indeed a training exercise.
I suppose it’s a dead give away when you hear an officer calmly say “shots fired,” instead of screaming it as would be the case if the incident were real.
For you scanner junkies, be aware that this training will also be taking place tomorrow.
Story should be online momentarily, but a 25-year-old mom was shot and wounded this morning in a Union City apartment during an argument with her husband. Cops say two children were home at the time (and the mother of the suspect), but none of them were hurt. Woman is expected to live, although she is undergoing surgery as I write this.
Got some breaking news to report. It appears that the newborn girl found in a Union City trash can in May was dead before it was birthed, and likely died from a rare bacteria that entered the mother’s uterus during a prolonged labor. I’ll have more detail — I hope — later today. But the working story is posted here. It will be updated later.
It turns out that Union City’s Alvarado-Niles Road rehab project may not pose as much of an inconvenience to commuters as originally thought — or rather, not as long of an inconvenience.
Thjs is the first time in 20 years that the major thoroughfare (from Western Ave. to the I-880 onramp) will be paved with a fresh layer of asphalt. I’m sure motorists will appreciate the smoother driving experience once the project is complete, but until then, they’ve been warned to expect traffic delays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays because one lane in each direction will be shut down at a time.
The entire project, which includes repaving and restriping the lanes, is scheduled to last until mid-August. But Mintze Cheng, director of the public works department, clarified at this week’s City Council meeting that the majority of the lane closures will end by mid-June, not August. The last half of the project mainly will consist of putting new reflectors on the ground.
I’m still curious to know just how badly traffic has been affected by the lane closures. If you’ve been down Alvarado-Niles the last couple of days, feel free to leave a comment. Should drivers avoid the road? What alternate routes would you suggest?