Community Corner: Car seat inspections, poll worker bill, sailing center celebration and more

Community Corner: Car seat inspections, poll worker bill, sailing center celebration and more

Michele Ellson

The Alameda Police Department is offering free child safety seat inspections and installations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18 in the parking lot between the police department and City Hall, which is on the 1400 block of Oak Street. The inspections will be performed by Bob Rollins, a retired Berkeley police officer who now serves as a volunteer with the department. No appointment is necessary.

The Alameda Community Sailing Center is holding a launch party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Pineapple Sails, 2526 Blanding Avenue. Sailors and non-sailors alike will be invited to toast a successful first season of a new “Discover Sail” youth program and the people who volunteered their “time, money boats and more” to make the sailing center possible. To RSVP, call 523-0825.

A local charter school organization is getting a new executive director. Patti Wilczek will replace the retiring Paul Bentz as executive director of Community Learning Centers Inc., which oversees the Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center charters, in July. Wilczek, who is trained as a clinical psychologist, has more that two decades' worth of schools experience, most recently as head of Mulberry School in Santa Clara. "Patti combines natural diplomacy with the business acumen required to run schools that are financially lean," CLCS Board of Directors chair Joan Uhler wrote in a release announcing Wilczek's appointment.

An Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, bill that would allow legal permanent residents to work at the polls on Election Day has passed through committee and is headed to the Assembly floor. In a press release, Bonta said that if passed, the bill would offer county registrars of voters a wider pool of poll workers and could increase the number of multilingual workers at the polls.

The City of Alameda will be offering business owners the ability to renew their business licenses online, which they say will be easier and cheaper. The processing fee for the annual license, which is required of anyone doing business in Alameda – including people who work out of their homes – is $5 online and $20 if it’s processed in person at City Hall. Licenses can be processed online here; anyone who has questions or doesn’t receive a renewal notice by the end of June may call June Hill at 747-4851.

The Alameda Food Bank is conducting its 30/30 Spring Challenge in an effort to raise $30,000 and collect 30,000 pounds of food during the months of May and June. Those interested in contributing can drop off food at a participating business or during a food drive; sending a check to the food bank, at P.O. Box 2167, Alameda, Calif. 94501; donating online; or contributing through employer-sponsored donation drives or United Way pledge drives.

The Alameda Community Learning Center is raising money for the family of an Alameda woman who died in a May 4 limousine fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The fundraising page is here.