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    City officials give talks on issues of concern

    May 23rd, 2009

    Albany Mayor Marge Atkinson, City Administrator Beth Pollard, School District Superintendent Marla Stephenson, Polic Chief Mike McQuiston, and Fire Chief Marc McGinn will give talks on issues of public concern this coming Wednesday, May 27th, 11:30am – 1:30pm, at Six Degrees on Solano.

    The State of the City Luncheon is sponsored by the Albany Chamber of Commerce. Click here to view details.

    School district decides to sell pool bond

    May 22nd, 2009

    The Albany Unified School District decided to sell a $10 million bond to construct a new swimming pool at a meeting Tuesday.

    The pool bond was approved by Albany voters in Feb. 2008. The district had postponed its issuance because of the volatility of the financial markets and budget uncertainties. David Glasser, President of Board of Education, said it is a good time to sell the bond right now. Read the rest of this entry »

    Don’t forget to vote

    May 19th, 2009

    Election workers at polling places in Albany and elsewhere say turnout has been very light today in the state’s special election. However, the results of the election will have a big impact on California residents. Read the rest of this entry »

    Green Albany Day coming this Sunday

    May 15th, 2009

    The City of Albany and its Sustainability Committee are sponsoring the first annual Green Albany Day on Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans’ Building in Memorial Park. Along with hands-on activities for children, 30 informational booths and six environmental workshops, the event will feature the unveiling of Albany’s draft Climate Action plan. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany school district looks at how to save school programs

    May 14th, 2009

    By Barbara Grady-Ayer

    Even as the days count down to the May 19 election that will decide whether California schools must endure yet further spending cuts, the Albany school district has set up a tentative plan for how it would restore programs should it be able to reallocate money to meet priorities in the wake of a drastic reduction to its budget Read the rest of this entry »

    Feature:Albany custodian speaks at school board meeting for the first time

    May 13th, 2009

    Oscar Rodriguez, a custodian at Albany Unified School District, went to attend a Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. It was the first time he ever attended a School Board meeting, after working for the District for 22 years. As the District is laying off dozens of employees and taking other drastic measures to deal with budget problems, people like Rodriguez are starting to feel that they need to pay close attention to what decisions district officials are making.

    “We want to know about what’s happening, ” Rodriguez said. “It’s getting tough.” Read the rest of this entry »

    An easy and green way to dispose your e-waste

    May 12th, 2009

    Hate to dump your old computer or TV on the sidewalk? Albany residents could now call (510) 528-4052 to schedule a free pickup of your e-waste. Read the rest of this entry »

    District compromises with teachers over school time dispute

    May 6th, 2009

    The controversy in the Albany Unified School District over school time took another turn last week. The District decided to freeze a recent Board resolution on the issue after negotiations with the Albany Teachers’ Association.

    “It’s a compromise,” said Board President David Glasser. “We decided that it’s in the best interest of the district after we weighed alternatives. ” Read the rest of this entry »

    A Yard Sale to benefit AHS Mental Health Program

    May 1st, 2009

    Peggy  McQuaid, President of the Albany Community Foundation, wrote the following message calling for help with the Mental Health Program at the Albany High School:

    The Albany Community Foundation and the Albany Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Council will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, May 2 at 1604 Marin Ave. Albany from 9:00 – 2:00.  This sale is unique because all of the proceeds will go to towards stipends for the mental health interns at Albany High School.  Last school year, mental health interns helped 145 Albany High School students.  The need is great. Read the rest of this entry »

    Commentary: A new vision for the waterfront comes out of your participation

    May 1st, 2009

    Albany Mayor Marge Atkinson and Vice Mayor Joanne Wile wrote the following letter responding to the commentary Albany’s public funds should not be used on a disappearing waterfront published on Albany Today earlier this week.

    “Both of us, along with all the members of the City Council, have supported a visioning process, so that we can hear everyone’s ideas, including those who think we should do nothing.”

    Dear Readers of Albany Today:

    We are glad to see that Albany’s “Voices to Vision” community visioning process with Fern Tiger Associates is already generating ideas.  We respect Mr. Barnes and Mr. Blanchard, the authors of the latest opinion piece in Albany Today, about this planning process.  We hope that they will participate in the community meetings in their neighborhoods and express their ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

    Moments of Beauty at 2009 Albany Art and Music Festival

    April 29th, 2009

    Please enjoy a photo slideshow on the Albany Art and Music Festival taking place Sunday. Special thanks to Albany residents Richard Ishida and Michele Ku, who helped to capture the moments of beauty at the event. Photos by Linjun Fan, Richard Ishida and Michele Ku.

    School Board seeks ideas on budget tonight

    April 28th, 2009

    By Barbara Grady

    With 42 school programs on the chopping block – everything from music in the elementary schools to athletics at the high school – the Albany Board of Education will meet Tuesday night to discuss how to salvage some of these programs with parcel tax revenues and community fundraising.

    The board of education will meet at 7:30 at the Community Center on Marin Avenue and take stock of its list of earmarked cuts and a small pool of money that comes each year from parcel taxes that Albany voters passed in 1999 and 2005.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Commentary:Albany’s public funds should not be used on a disappearing waterfront

    April 26th, 2009

    Charlie Blanchard and Michael Barnes, two former members on the Albany School Board, wrote the following opinion article on the waterfront issue. They warn about the risk of high tides flooding the Albany Waterfront and oppose using the city’s  public funds to develop the land.

    “As Albany residents,the two of us do not want our tax dollars spent to acquire and upgrade land for parks that will soon  be submerged. And we certainly wouldn’t want to live there, either.”

    The controversy surrounding the Albany waterfront is presented as a choice between two opposing positions — commercial development or parkland. But these two positions are not really so different. They are both models of development. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany holds Spring Art and Musical Festival

    April 23rd, 2009

    Albany will hold its annual Spring Art & Music Festival at Memorial Park this upcoming Sunday, April 26, 11 AM – 4 PM. The event features live music, ethnic dances, local artists,  and a variety of food.  Click here to view a detailed program and other information about the festival. Below is a photo slideshow on the wonderful festival in 2008.  

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    Twenty-nine teacher layoffs rescinded

    April 17th, 2009

    By Barbara Grady-Ayer

    All 29 of the regular Albany public school teachers who received pink slips on March 15 learned Wednesday that their layoffs are rescinded and they’ll have jobs next year, thanks to retirements and leave requests among their colleagues.

    However, another 28 temporary teachers have not been so lucky and their layoff notices are likely to stay in force, according to district and union officials. Read the rest of this entry »

    Paul Black elected to Albany school board

    April 16th, 2009

    The Board of Education at Albany Unified School District unanimously elected a new member Tuesday. Paul Black, a resident in Albany for almost three decades and a parent who is active in school services, will take his seat on the Board later this month.

    62-year-old Black was selected among six candidates at a public meeting Tuesday night. After a round of interviews, all of the four current Board members said Black was one of their favorite candidates. They spoke highly of Black’s rich experience in community services and his capability as a thoughtful and collaborative decision-maker. Read the rest of this entry »

    City of Albany seeks ideas from residents to develop climate action plan

    April 12th, 2009

    The City of Albany is seeking ideas from the community to develop a Climate Action Plan that will be formally adopted later this year.

    Albany has made commitments in recent years to take responsible actions to address climate change. In 2007 the City Council set a goal of reducing Albany’s greenhouse gas emission by 5 percent every three years. The Council stated in a resolution that Albany would take a series of measures to make sure its total greenhouse gas emission in the year of 2020 is one fourth less than the levels of 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

    School board holds public interview to select a new member

    April 11th, 2009

    The Board of Education of the Albany Unified School District will interview seven applicants Tuesday and select one to fill a vacancy left by Jamie Calloway, former Board President who resigned for personal reasons last month.

    Seven people from the community have submitted their applications for the board position. All of them are longterm residents of Albany and most of them have actively been involved in school affairs. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany Little League opens its 2009 season

    April 9th, 2009


    Several hundred players of the Albany Little League and their families participated in a parade on Solano Avenue to start their 2009 season recently. The League is run by volunteers in the community and has a history of more than half a century. Photo by David Berson, Editor of the League’s newsletter.

    Albany will hold a citywide garage sale in May

    April 9th, 2009


    The City of Albany will hold a citywide garage sale on Saturday, May 23, from 9am-3pm. It is an opportunity for the community to reduce, reuse, recycle and bargain hunt. Garage sales will be held throughout the city, and a listing of all sales will be publicized in the week of May 18th. Click here to register for a garage sale. Contact Nicole Almaguer, Environmental Specialist, at (510) 528-5754 for further information.