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Water Safety Public Service Announcement

Students at Nea Community Learning Center in Alameda must accomplish a minimum number of community service hours each year. The number of required hours depends on grade level.

Action Alameda News is proud to help Nea learners achieve their community service hours by helping them produce and distribute public service announcements, such as this one.

Powerbox Art Program to Beautify Utility Cabinets

Alameda Municipal Power is asking for submissions to beautify downtown utility cabinets. (Alameda Municipal Power)

Alameda Municipal Power is asking for submissions to beautify downtown utility cabinets. (Alameda Municipal Power)

Alameda Municipal Power is coordinating a project to beautify downtown utility cabinets with community-submitted artwork.
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Nea Students Protest Dismissal of a Popular Administrator

Students from the Nea Community Learning Center, a public charter school, took to the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Webster Street this morning to protest the dismissal last week of a popular administrator.

Eyewitnesses submitted photos to Action Alameda News.

Nea students protest the dismissal of a popular administrator, April 22, 2014.

Nea students protest the dismissal of a popular administrator, April 22, 2014.

Nea students protest the dismissal of a popular administrator, April 22, 2014.

Nea students protest the dismissal of a popular administrator, April 22, 2014.

Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS) Accrues Balance via Nea

Dear Editor,

Alameda’s Nea Community Learning Center (NeaCLC) k-12 public school has an ending fund balance of almost $1,200,000. Unfortunately the Nea executive director, and financial representative who assists the school with budgeting reports was unaware the money was classified as “unrestricted.”

The money has accumulated in recent years like roll-over minutes for cell phone customers who do not use what they pay for. While roll-over minutes usually do not warrant a concern, this sizable ending fund balance does. Nea receives large cash funding from federal and state governments. Nea Community Learning Center also accepts donations from Alameda and neighboring community families, and the Nea after school program has collected nearly $60K this year alone.

Put simply, the school has money in the bank. $1.2 million dollars is a sizable stash of non-earmarked funds. The ending fund balance is unrestricted which means there is no donor stipulations on how the money can be spent. This leads some to wonder, what type of account the money is in? Who has authority to make withdrawals? Why was the cash not spent on education throughout the year?

If you have suggestions about how to spend Nea’s unrestricted ending fund balance contact the CLCS board, through their website. If you would like to see copies of emails and financial reports concerning the aforementioned monies please contact Daniel Davenport.

– Daniel Davenport, Alameda

USS Hornet Museum Commemorates Tokyo Doolittle Raid of WWII

Richard Nowatzki LCDR USN (Ret) speaks to the audience on-board the USS Hornet (CV-12) museum. (Action Alameda News)

Richard Nowatzki LCDR USN (Ret) speaks to the audience on-board the USS Hornet (CV-12) museum. (Action Alameda News)

On Saturday, the USS Hornet museum commemorated the anniversary of the Tokyo Doolittle raid in World War II. Author and retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Richard Nowatzki of Roseville, California, shared his memories as part of the event.
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Charter School Board May Face Tough Slogging Ahead, Due to its Own Recent Decisions

Community Learning Centers Schools seems set to move the ACLC and Nea charter schools into this 3rd Street location. (Google Street View)

Community Learning Centers Schools seems set to move the ACLC and Nea charter schools into this 3rd Street location. (Google Street View)

Although it was probably not intended, two decisions last week by the governing board of Community Learning Center Schools, (CLCS) the non-profit that runs the Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea public charter schools, may be at odds with each other.
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School District Should Refund Illegal Tax Before Seeking New Tax

Dear Editor,

The School Board should refund the illegal portion of Measure H before seeking a new tax.

The School District lost the suit over the non uniform parcel tax a year ago and still they continue to refuse to refund these taxes. The school district needs to refund these taxes before seeking another tax increase. The taxpayers who are due a refund are stunned that the Board of Education will not put their district in order first before putting a bond measure on the ballot. Alameda taxpayers deserve better. Alamedans for Fair Taxation is prepared to press the case that it is improper for the district place a bond measure on the ballot without first resolving Measure H.

– Alamedans for Fair Taxation

Nea Charter School Administration Change has Parents Raging

The decision to place Nea Lead Facilitator Maafi Gueye on administrative leave has parents outraged. (Nea)

The decision to place Nea Lead Facilitator Maafi Gueye on administrative leave has parents outraged. (Nea)

An announcement on Friday afternoon from Community Learning Center Schools Board President Joan Uhler that Nea charter school lead facilitator has been placed on administrative leave has local parents outraged.
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Median Home Price Up in March

The Alameda County median home price rose in March. (East Bay Real Estate Directory)

The Alameda County median home price rose in March. (East Bay Real Estate Directory)

The median sale price of existing single-family homes in Alameda County rose 5.3 percent in March, according to data from the California Association of Realtors.
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Housing Element Becomes Rent Control Battleground

The City of Alameda Planning Board will receive a draft Housing Element plan tonight.

The City of Alameda Planning Board will receive a draft Housing Element plan tonight.

A debate over rent control is playing out in public input on the City of Alameda’s state-required Housing Element document, a draft version of which will be reviewed at the April 28th planning board meeting.
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From Harbor Point to Alameda Point, City Hires Darrell Doan

Darrell Doan reportedly quit the Baltimore Development Corporation in early March. (LinkedIn)

Darrell Doan reportedly quit the Baltimore Development Corporation in early March. (LinkedIn)

The City of Alameda announced this week that it has hired Darrell Doan as Economic Development Manager. Doan reportedly quit the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation in early March.
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