Development director Taylor is leaving

Community Development Director Lori Taylor announced Wednesday that she will be leaving her position with the city of Alameda on April 19 to head economic development for the city of Hayward.

"It has been a wonderful experience working in the city of Alameda," Taylor said in a city news release. "I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with city staff and the community to identify ways to improve our customer service. In spite of the challenges we have faced with the dissolution of our redevelopment agency, we have managed to make some positive changes. I am especially proud of the efforts our team has made to promote our business community and improve our permitting process. I am confident Alameda is well poised to help our local firms expand as well as attract new businesses and investment."

"Lori has made a tremendously positive impact in her time here," City Manager John Russo said. "Alameda will be building for many years on the foundation that Lori has so diligently set in place."

Russo has appointed Debbie Potter as interim Community Development director effective April 19.

Chinese Club announces scholarship awards

The Alameda Chinese Club announced its 34th annual scholarship awards for students of Chinese heritage.

There will be two $500 scholarships awarded to seniors at Alameda High and Encinal High who are attending a postsecondary institution.


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They must have a 3.5-to-4.0 GPA to be eligible. In addition, they must write an essay on their experiences as an Asian-American in today's society. Applications may be obtained from their counselor or the career center. The application and essay are due on or before May 3, and winners will be presented with their award at a scholarship dinner.

The dinner will be on June 9 at Pier 29 Restaurant in Alameda. Anyone who would like to support the Alameda Chinese Club is invited to attend. For more information, contact scholarship chair Sandy Kiyomura at skiyomura@gmail.com or 510-865-5496.