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    Commentary: Who will be the next mayor of Albany?

    November 27th, 2008
    Albany resident Mac McCurdy wrote an article below commenting on the recent City Council election:

    The recent election results appear to reflect a surprising change in voter sentiment since 2006. As most of you know, candidate Peggy Thomsen received the most votes, followed by Farid Javandel, with incumbent mayor Robert Lieber coming in third. But a further analysis may tell us a bit more about the temper of Albany voters than we’ll learn by simply looking at individual results. I’ll try to address that here and also consider the question of who will be the next mayor of Albany when the new council is formed. Read the rest of this entry »


    Superintendent talks to parents at community forum

    November 25th, 2008


    Please post comments on Albany Today with a real name

    November 24th, 2008

    Dear readers,

    Unlike a traditional news publication, Albany Today provides an opportunity for all members of the community to freely express their opinions by posting comments under news articles. A comment would appear automatically on the website once it’s submitted. Most of readers cherish this open forum and post comments with their real names. However, quite a number of comments have been made anonymously recently, especially on controversial issues such as Kay Sorg’s case. Read the rest of this entry »


    Albany boys graduate from police academy

    November 23rd, 2008

    Nine young men graduated from Albany Police Youth Academy as its first class Saturday, after learning closely from police officers on various law enforcement issues for two months. Read the rest of this entry »


    Commentary: The trust between a teacher and her students has been broken beyond repair

    November 21st, 2008
    The article below is written by Bori Ha, a junior at Albany High School who used to be in Kay Sorg‘s class:

    The bond of trust between a teacher and a student is something that cannot be easily formed. It is often impeded by the pupil’s inability to receive information or the lack of communication between the two people. A teacher must give enough of herself in order for the student to have confidence and feel comfortable in learning,  but she must also protect the student by drawing lines in their relationship. It is a difficult equilibrium but once balanced, the trust between the teacher and the student can last a lifetime.         Read the rest of this entry »


    A chance to talk to the Superintendent

    November 21st, 2008

    Superintendent Marla Stephenson of the Albany Unified School District will host a quarterly forum Monday, 2 pm – 3 pm, Nov. 24 to listen to ideas and concerns on school issues from members of the community. Location: Daniel Winkler and Associates, 1302 Solano Ave. For more information please contact Darlene Mock at 510-558-3766.


    Albany resident reports car accident on San Pablo

    November 20th, 2008

    A Corolla crashed into a truck parked near Garfield Ave. on San Pablo Ave. at around 8 am Thursday, according to an Albany resident who witnessed the accident scene. The resident took a number of photos at the scene and sent them to Albany Today. Although the reporting volunteer doesn’t want to be credited, let’s give him a round of applause for his excellent work!



    Sorg admits sexual relationship with former student; charges are dropped

    November 20th, 2008

    Kay Sorg, a veteran teacher at Albany Middle School, admitted she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former student in a court statement Thursday.

    She agreed to resign from her job and surrendered her teaching credential, according to Danielle Hilton, District Attorney of Alameda County. Read the rest of this entry »


    Celebrate Centennial on Albany Hill

    November 20th, 2008

    Three events are scheduled to celebrate Albany’s Centennial on Albany Hill on Saturday, Nov. 22.  Bird Watching, 8 am-10 am; Native Plant Walk, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; and Monarch Butterfly Thanksgiving Count, 2 pm-3 pm.  The activities will be led by biology experts. Meet at Taft St. Turnaround for each event. For further information contact Carole Fitzgerald at (510) 528-3236.


    City of Albany suffers sharp revenue loss from recession

    November 18th, 2008

    The City of Albany is losing significant amounts of revenue under the current worldwide economic recession. City officials decided to cut budget to deal with the problem Monday.

    Housing sales in the city are declining rapidly. 25 housing properties were sold in July, 12 were sold in August, and only 6 were sold in September. The City used to gain an average of $100,000 each month in property transfer tax in previous years. But it got less than $40,000 in September.

    The City’s total property transfer tax went down by more than 60 percent during the first quarter of the 2008-2009 fiscal year (from July to September), compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year. Read the rest of this entry »


    Fire hits Albany Hill

    November 17th, 2008

    Fire hit the Albany Hill  Friday afternoon. It  burned 20 Eucalyptus trees on the west side of the hill but damaged no houses.

    The fire was reported by a resident at around 5 pm Friday, and was put out by firefighters half an hour later. Read the rest of this entry »


    Book Sale at Albany Libary

    November 15th, 2008

    The Albany Library is holding a large book sale this weekend. About 4,000 books, including some rare collections, are on sale.  You could go and pick up a few good books at very low prices tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 16, 11 am- 3 pm) if you’ve missed it today. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Albany Library, and most of the books were donated.


    Albany’s old church seeks a new life

    November 13th, 2008

    The City of Albany proclaimed a Church on the Corner Day earlier this month to celebrate the  100th anniversary of the local baptist church. But many local residents might have never been to the church, or to any of the other few churches in town, as Christian worship has largely faded out of people’s daily life at Albany. 

    The Church on the Corner, formerly known as First Baptist Church of Albany, used to play a prominent role in the town for decades. Now the 100-year-old is undergoing radical changes in order to regain its relevance to the community. Read the rest of this entry »


    Albany celebrates Veterans Day

    November 11th, 2008

    About two dozen Albany residents participated in a ceremony to dedicate two memorial plaques at the Veteran’s Torch on Solano Avenue Tuesday.  One plaque is inscribed with the names of 16 Albany young men who died in service during World War II,  and the other honors the firefighters who donated the cherry trees at the site.  The Albany Community Foundation and the Albany Firefighters Association donated the money to purchase the new plaques to replace ones that were illegible. Photos by Linda (Linjun) Fan.


    Albany Today puts forward advertising service for local businesses

    November 11th, 2008

    Dear Readers,

    As some of you might know, Albany Today was started by me as a class project a year ago to explore the new possibilities of journalism in the digital era.

    It has become a reliable and respected news source for hundreds of people in the community in the past year, through its timely, lively, and fair coverage of major issues in town.

    Now more than 2,000 Albany residents visit the website weekly, and more than 500 visit it daily. Read the rest of this entry »


    Messages of gratitude and hope to Albany voters

    November 7th, 2008

    The candidates who won the City Council and the School Board elections Tuesday, wrote messages of gratitude and hope to voters:

    Farid Javandel: “I feel honored to have been selected by the voters of Albany to continue representing them on the City Council. I will do the best I can to represent the interests of all residents by listening respectfully to the concerns they express and working creatively to develop consensus solutions. This is what I have tried to do over the past four years, what I emphasized in my reelection campaign, and what I hope to do even better over the next four years. Read the rest of this entry »


    Nick Pilch: “I’m proud of the voters of Albany”

    November 7th, 2008

    Nick Pilch, one of the candidates who did not get elected into the City Council, wrote the message below to the community:

    “I’m proud of the voters of Albany for producing somewhat unconventional results in our local election. And I’m happy to have gotten the support that you’ve given me. And I’m happy that *all* of the candidates received support from the voters. This was a close race and Albany was lucky to have had a great selection of candidates to choose from. Read the rest of this entry »


    The reasons why they worked at polling stations

    November 6th, 2008

    About 100 people helped out at polling stations at Albany on the election day. They started at 6:30 a.m. and worked till late into the night. I talked to some of them at a polling station at the University Village on the election night, asking them why they did the work.

    22-year-old Alana Ingram said she was proud that she worked at the polls at a historical election. “I want to be able to tell my kids that your mother was there at that historical moment, ” she said. Read the rest of this entry »


    Ellen Toomey: “I’ve learned to trust the connections we’ve created”

    November 5th, 2008

    Ellen Toomey, one of the candidates who did not prevail in the City Council election, wrote an inspiring artcle on her thoughts at the election result and ideas for solidarity in the community:   

    “I am celebrating the awesome victory of Barack Obama. On the local front, the Albany City Council was INCREDIBLY close, between all six candidates. I, alas, did not prevail.

    Conventional wisdom held the day — two seats were won by the two incumbents, with the third seat (and highest vote count) going to a well-known, long-time candidate re-entering city council. The closeness of the race plus other factors were in no way conventional, though! Read the rest of this entry »


    Thomsen, Javandel and Lieber win City Council election

    November 5th, 2008

    Peggy Thomsen led the City Council race with 2,968 votes, Farid Javandel ranked second with 2557 votes, and Robert Lieber followed with 2446 votes, according to the Registrar of Voters of Alameda County. The other three candidates all got more than 2,000 votes, but failed to be elected. Read the rest of this entry »