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50 years of warbling and bad puns in Piedmont

Piedmont High School celebrates milestone for birdcalling contest. 
Residents will see a $49 increase in their tax bill, raising it from $2,454 per parcel to $2,503 per parcel. Voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A on March 5, 2013, for a term of eight years. Each year, the school board may decide to levy or not up to the 2 percent. The tax structure was changed to a flat tax regardless of parcel size to conform to the Borikas vs. Alameda Unified decision.  
 
Courtesy of Stevens family
Proceeds from the fundraiser, which includes a golf tournament and evening reception, go to the "Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund for Middle Eastern Studies" at Cal. The fund was established by family and friends on Sept. 11, 2013, the anniversary of his death, to give financial help to scholars of Middle Eastern studies, support the development of future Middle East experts and continue the legacy of Stevens' work. Stevens was a 1982 graduate of Cal.  
 
This award recognizes a Piedmont resident for extraordinary service to the Piedmont community. The award was initially created by Mayor Margaret Fujioka and the City Council in 2014 and will be given to a Piedmonter who has made significant cultural, political, health, safety, environmental, recreational, and/or social contributions that have enriched the community.  
 
Courtesy of John Lenahan
A bioswale and rain garden designed by Park Commissioner Nancy Kent, who is a landscape architect, is being completed in time for the celebration. More than a year in planning, the idea was proposed by Piedmont Middle School student Walker Mahaney, who will speak at the event. What was once a muddy bog is being transformed with rocks and native plantings so that water bubbling up from an underground spring will percolate back into the ground instead of running off.  
 
Courtesy of Sheryl Klein
The 14-unit East Oakland facility focuses on serving single parents and their children, making them a perfect fit for the Joaquin Miller community.  
 
Like a tumbleweed rolling through Los Angeles, the thought of Oakland as wine country seems out of place. Yet there they were -- a room full of local winemakers at the 10th anniversary of the East Bay Vintners Alliance.  
 
East Bay SPCA
Dandelion, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair mix, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. She is as beautiful as her name, and her gray color is one of a kind.  
 
All are welcome to enjoy the "show and tell" and to learn about disaster preparedness and awareness, fire safety and prevention. There will be a PG&E demonstration, an appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog and a fire engine jump house for the kids, plus hot dogs.  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Fifteen years ago, the Coast Guard in Alameda decided to do away with a growing colony of feral cats on the base. They were descendants of the cats who had been imported years earlier to combat a rodent infestation.