Leadership Academy deadline approaching
Wednesday is the deadline to apply for the county's 13th Leadership Academy, which begins in October.
The free, six-session interactive forum is for people who live, work or own a business in Alameda County. Through presentations from county leaders and small group exercises, the Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for the community to increase its knowledge of local government. Participants learn about the wide range of services provided by Alameda County, the mission and strategic visioning initiative and the budget-development process.
Participants are able to practice leadership and communication skills such as public speaking and participate in public policy exercises while acquiring knowledge on how to increase their civic involvement and networking with other community members.
The academy runs from Oct. 2 to March 5. Sessions are typically held from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at facilities located throughout the county. To graduate from the academy, participants are required to attend at least five of the six sessions.
Space is limited. More information and an application are at www.acgov.org/adult leadership. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
-- Staff Reports
Arts in Education Week begins
The third annual Bay Area National Arts in Education Week is underway, and the Creative Impact celebration will take place Friday at the Oakland Museum of California.
The U.S. House of Representatives designated the second week of September to celebrate how arts education is "an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students."
The weeklong Bay Area celebration, titled Creative Impact, provides a central platform to unite the Bay Area arts and education communities around a shared vision for the success of each child through the wealth of creative experiences and arts learning opportunities available to individuals, families and communities throughout the year.
This year's Creative Impact celebration will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Oakland Museum of California to coincide with Friday Nights @ OMCA, the museum's weekly family-friendly night market, which features live music, art activities, gourmet food trucks and more.
Among the speakers Friday are Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor; Craig Watkins, director of the California Arts Council; Lori Fogarty, executive director of the OMCA; and Sheila Jordan, Alameda County superintendent of schools.
Entertainment will be provided by the Westlake Middle School Jazz Band; Oakland School of the Arts Vocal Rush and Circus Arts; Jenny Zheng, guzheng performer with the Chinese Spirit Music Ensemble; and the Fresh Dynamix dance group with the REACH Ashland Youth Center.
-- Staff Reports
Motorcyclist killed in collision with SUV
A motorcyclist who died early Monday from injuries suffered when he collided with an SUV that turned in front of him has been identified as La'akea Sky Smith, 23, of Oakland, according to the Alameda County coroner's office.
The name of the SUV driver, a 55-year-old Piedmont man, was not released.
The collision happened at midnight Monday at the intersection of West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue.
Traffic Officer Glenn Hara said the SUV was eastbound on West MacArthur, and Smith was westbound on West MacArthur.
Hara said Smith hit the SUV when the SUV turned in front of him onto northbound Telegraph Avenue. Smith, who police said was wearing a helmet, was ejected onto the pavement and later died from his injuries at a hospital.
The SUV driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police, Hara said. He said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.
The collision remains under investigation. Police are asking that anyone with information contact investigators at 510-777-8540.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Man hurt in shooting expected to recover
A man was shot in West Oakland on Sunday night, police said Monday.
The man's name, age and place of residence were not immediately available. He was in stable condition at a hospital and is expected to recover. The shooting happened about 9:40 p.m. in the 900 block of Filbert Street.
The man was walking on the sidewalk when he was shot by a gunman who fled in a car, police said.No motive was released, and no arrests have been made.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.
-- Harry Harris, Staff