Move ACLC to old Island High campus

In following the discussion, pro and con, about moving Alameda Community Learning Center to Wood Middle School's campus, I am compelled to suggest that the use of the vacant Island High School campus for this relocation would seem more appropriate.

I appreciate the arguments presented by the parents of Wood students and agree with each point they have made, especially the fact that the middle school students will be so close to the older students. There are good reasons that we have middle school in the first place.

Are there plans to close Wood in the near future? What kind of education will serve West End youngsters if that is the case? Surely, Lincoln, fine as it is, would be very inconvenient for these kids. In addition, however, it should be noted that the high school students would be affected socially as well. They will have much less space for their endeavors; will undergo inappropriately undue scrutiny; and will, in fact, be stigmatized by the return to middle school.

The students at ACLC are neither at risk, per se, nor are they underachievers. Many are gifted students. They do not deserve to be shuffled around town for the convenience of administration. Please take advantage of the asset of Island High's former campus. It is logical.


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Linda Treml

Thanks for helping at Kiwanis event

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda's 14th annual Chili Cook-Off and BBQ Dinner was held Jan. 26 at the O'Club on Alameda Point. More than 280 attendees tasted chili from the 11 teams competing for the best chili in Alameda. Each chili was judged by attendees and professional chefs.

The Peoples' Choice named Ala Costa the best; High Street Station and EON Technologies took second and third. The professional judges gave first prize to the Alameda Firemen L689, with Will Brother's Chili Pepper Company and Ala Costa named second and third. Other Teams were 404 Classic, 1400 Bar and Grill, Alameda Business Network, Alameda Elder Communities, Chili Chupacabaras and LilliWorks.

Attendees also participated in a silent auction, a raffle for two iPads and an iPod, a barbecue dinner catered by Back Forty Texas BBQ, line dancing and dancing to music provided by Sound Explosion.

We give a big thanks to Cheryl Saxton, Hewitt, Jones & Fitch CPAs, Dominic McKenna (Edward Jones), Harbor Bay Realty, Jan Nichols-Franz Piano Studio, South Shore Center and Sterling Mortgage. Special thanks to Wes Café for its in-kind donation.

All of the proceeds from the chili cook-off provide funds that Kiwanis distributes to nonprofit agencies throughout Alameda. We are most appreciative for the over 100 items donated by retail, business and individual community members. We wish there was room to list each of them because their participation provides the backbone of Kiwanis' support to Alameda charities.

Bob Larsen

Alameda Kiwanis president, co-chair

Scott MacAskill

co-chair

Gun control plans wrong except for one

I do not favor the gun control proposals advanced by President Obama because they are the first steps in banning all firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens and confiscating all firearms owned by law-abiding citizens, in violation of their Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms as upheld by the Supreme Court.

There should be no banning and confiscating of military-style semi-automatic rifles, nonmilitary-style semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns or semi-automatic pistols. There should be no banning or confiscating of clips with more than 10-round capacities because many standard semi-automatic pistol clips hold more than 10 rounds. There should be no banning of "armor-piercing" bullets because it would ban all centerfire rifle ammunition, which will penetrate a bullet-resistant vest designed to stop handgun bullets.

The one proposal I would favor is extending background checks to gun shows and private sales. The federal government should step up the prosecution of straw buyers and gun traffickers using laws already on the books.

There should be a total stop to the use of the term "gun violence," which implies that guns jump up and do something by themselves and a start to the use of the term "criminal violence" which puts the blame for gun misuse on the criminal.

David R. Russell

Berkeley

Oakland body count shows need for laws

Yes, I favor the gun control proposals made by President Obama. I just wish they had been stronger.

Why? There were more than 130 dead people in Oakland because of guns.

Mareth Ellis

Oakland

CHP should begin patrolling I-580

Regarding the CHP decision to extend patrols in Oakland one month after its 90-day stay:

Perhaps after that period, it can start patrolling on Interstate 580 to aggressively target the speeding cars and the endless parade of big-rig trucks. I do believe that the freeways are the CHP's jurisdiction, correct?

Annette M. Thompson

Oakland