AUSD placed on AP District Honor Roll

The College Board has placed the Alameda Unified School District on its AP District Honor Roll, one of just 477 districts in the United States and Canada selected as a result of increasing student access to Advanced Placement courses while maintaining or increasing the number of students scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams.

Since the 2010-2011 school year, the number of students taking AP courses at Alameda and Encinal high schools from 682 to 993, and the number taking exams from 682 to 895.

The total number of AP classes taken at the two campus has risen from 1,562 to 2,018, according to the district.

Toys for Tots program now underway

People are invited to help low-income families this holiday season by donating toys to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Low-income Alameda residents who need holiday toys for children age 16 and under can also sign up at the Alameda Food Bank through Dec. 14. For information, visit Alamedafoodbank.org or call 510-523-5850.

Toy collection boxes are at all Alameda public schools; all Alameda fire stations; the Alameda Police Department, City Hall; the Alameda Free Library; Bank of Alameda; Mariner Square Athletic Club; Tucker's Ice Cream; Coffee & Tea Traders; all Edward Jones offices; Toy Safari and other locations throughout the city.


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Toys will be distributed Dec. 20.

For information, call Jim Franz at 510-747-6883 or e-mail jfranz@alamedaca.gov.

Police ask motorists in city to slow down

Alameda police are reminding motorists to obey the posted speed limit after officers issued 420 traffic violations -- 232 for speeding -- between Sept. 24 and Oct. 8.

Some of the most egregious offenses were for drivers traveling up to 51 mph in a 25 mph zone and 54 mph in a 30 mph zone.

"The results of the two week increased enforcement confirmed what we already suspected, which is that many people are simply driving too fast," police Chief Paul Rolleri said.

The breakdown for the other vioations was 54 for not having proof of insurance; 49 for using a cell phone; 32 for stop lamp requirements; 30 for disobeying a posted sign; and 23 for failing to yield at a stop sign.

The three top locations where speeding citations were issued were: Otis Drive with 56; Fernside Boulevard with 52; and Constitution Way with 28.

Police also noted that the effort to get drivers to slow down is about safety and not revenue: On average, the city receives 12 percent to 16 percent of the total fine. For example, out of the $238 fine for traveling up to 15 mph the city will receive $28.70 with the state and Alameda County collecting the rest.

Foundation to fund chief resilience officer

The Rockefeller Foundation has selected the City of Alameda for its 100 Resilient Cities Network, a move that will provide the city with a grant to fund the new position of "mayor's chief resiliance officer."

The officer, whose duties will include creating a resilience strategy for dealing with the aftermath of a major disaster, will receive technical support and other resources for implementing a comprehensive resilience plan.

Alameda was one of nearly 400 cities across six continents to apply for a grant, which was announced in May at the foundation's third annual Innovation Forum in New York City.

Fire Chief Mike D'Orazi said the chief resilience officer will work the city's emergency preparedness coordinator.

Along with Alameda, Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco are among the first 33 cities in the network. Other cities include Glasgow in Scotland, Dakar in Senegal and Rotterdam in the Netherlands

"We congratulate the City of Alameda on being named one of the 100 Resilient Cities," said Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin. "Along with 32 other cities across six continents, your city will be able to better prepare for, withstand, and bounce back more effectively in the face of shocks, stresses and other vulnerabilities. Alameda is now part of a global network of urban areas focused on building resilience, to share best practices and lead by example for cities throughout the world."

Volunteers needed for Wine Wonderland

Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda is seeeking volunteers to serve as "trash talkers" for the Wine Wonderland at Rock Wall Winery, 2301 Monarch St., on Saturday.

A trash talker will monitor the trash, recycling, composting stations and helps attendees make sure their waste goes into the right bin. Volunteers must be high school age or older.

The group needs between eight and 10 volunteers who can work a 2-1/2 hour shift, either from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Volunteers who are over 21 will receive a free bottle of Rock Wall wine. Volunteers who are Alameda Unified School District students can earn community service hours.

To volunteer e-mail Jessica Robinson at jessica_peace@yahoo.com with your name and phone number, as well as which shift you wish.