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The City of Alameda is doing something for the first time in 30 years: updating its General Plan. Once assembled and approved, the new plan will take the city forward into the year 2040. According to the city, the plan “is a statement of community goals, objectives, policies and actions to guide the island community in the challenges facing us today and in the future.”

Last Wednesday wildfires surrounding the Bay Area produced an unprecedented amount of smoke over the Bay Area. The combination of the Bay Area’s unique relationship with the Pacific Ocean and the huge amount of particulate matter in the air produced a sickly orange glow many compared to a futuristic dystopia produced by climate change. The phenomenon blotted out sunlight causing drivers to use their headlights in daytime. The day without sunlight reminded everyone of the growing impact of California’s fire season.

The discontinuation of the Acellus learning program is yet another obstacle that the students of Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) have faced while transitioning back into the school year. At the moment, students and teachers are expecting that online learning will be in place for the rest of this semester. Epidemiologists predict students in California may not be able to fully return to school campuses until late 2021.

At its Sept. 8 meeting the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to use Edmentum as its new 2020-2021 Remote Learning Program curriculum provider. The Board also voted to discontinue using Acellus, the district’s curriculum provider at the beginning of the school year.

AUSD will use Edmentum’s Exact Path (kindergarten through fifth graders) and Courseware (sixth to 12th graders) programs.

Units could have housed homeless

There is decent former Navy housing for the homeless near the Main Street Ferry Terminal just two blocks from Target, but the City of Alameda has chosen to tear it down. Meanwhile a for-profit developer has upgraded similar units that were built next door in the same year and is getting market rate rent for them.