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February 10, 2015

Out of the interim

Filed under: Alameda, School — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

As some of you may have noticed, yesterday morning my blog was taken down.  I imagine the reaction ranged from sheer joy to “wtf” depending on how useful you view my blog to be.  After my own “what the what” reaction I attempted to first: figure out what the hell had happened and second: I export my blog just in case.  Then I started answering the flurry of emails asking what the heck happened and then came the waiting game.

A lot of people asked me how I was feeling and surprisingly I didn’t find myself to be angry at the fact the blog was suspended.  It was quite annoying, but at the very worst it would just require me moving my blog away from WordPress and have to actually host it myself, so more of a pain in the ass more than anything else.

From reading up on the internet it appears that suspended accounts happen a fair bit in the world of WordPress hosted blog, mostly when people run afoul of the automated spam filtration device.  A few of you should know how that feels when your comments end up in the commenter spam filter.  Of course it wasn’t clear based on the cryptic email that was sent by WordPress if my “spam” status was based on some crawling bot or if some helpful reader had marked my blog as spam which then was immediately taken down.  I’m not sure if we’ll ever find out, but just a note, if my blog ends up “suspended” for multiple days and you visit here using “” try “” because if this happens again, I might just bite the bullet and move the entire blog to a self-hosted site and you won’t be able to navigate to the updated blog from the wordpress site.

Anyway tonight there is a meeting at City Hall West starting at 6:30 p.m. about the Cross Alameda Trail on RAMP.  Really important that this Cross Alameda Trail gets built as it will (finally) add a bike land to RAMP.  Right now, one does not exist.  And it will add a pedestrian pathway to the south side of RAMP.  Currently people walk over wood chips which are scattered there by the City occasionally.  But it also coincides with the School Board meeting tonight which is a big one tonight.   This will also be the first meeting for new School Board member Phil Hu who will be asked to make a decision on whether or not to hire interim Superintendent Sean McPhetridge as the permanent superintendent.

I’ve always enjoyed Dr. McPhetridge even when he was the Assistant Superintendent with the District.  As the interim Superintendent he has — so far — done a really good job of trying to balance all interests particularly given that quite a few issues have not been of the easy variety.  Also, I have to say he handled the appointment of the new Board Member quite well given that — at times — the audience got a little unruly.

It will be interesting to see how the vote plays out for this appointment and whether or not some members of the School Board are going to want to spend the money for a protracted Superintendent search as opposed to going with the bird in hand.


  1. Has AUSD assigned Phil Hu an email ? None posted on web site

    Comment by MI — February 10, 2015 @ 8:50 am

  2. Welcome back! couldn’t imagine how you’d got disappeared…

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — February 10, 2015 @ 9:16 am

  3. Driving on RAMP yesterday, realized the conflict area between bikes and cars as it approaches Webster is horrible. Hope this moves forward.

    Comment by AK — February 10, 2015 @ 9:30 am

  4. MI, Mr. Hu’s name will be on the website and his AUSD email address will be activated after he is sworn in at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

    Comment by Susan Davis (Community Affairs, AUSD) — February 10, 2015 @ 9:46 am

  5. Susan, will they vote tonight and if so, how do we lobby the guy today?

    Comment by MI — February 10, 2015 @ 9:57 am

  6. Hi MI,

    Yes, the board will vote on several items tonight. If you want to lobby Mr. Hu before he is sworn in, you can send an email to Board President Barbara Kahn and ask her to forward it. Or you could speak during the public comment period tonight.

    Comment by Susan Davis (Community Affairs, AUSD) — February 10, 2015 @ 11:57 am

  7. I once watched a planning board meeting on cable and when a member said something disturbing I roared over to City Hall on my bike to speak, but those days are over. I think the last time I took to the podium was when Johnson was mayor.

    If they don’t give it to Sean McPhetridge, is there anything prohibiting an additional probationary period ? Hiring an expensive head hunting outfit might come up with a qualified person like Kristin Vital. A whole lot of us thought she seemed pretty great, but in time the other shoe dropped. Paden did a long search for a new principal after beloved Rosemary Holmes was moved to Lincoln. The decision involved the whole Paden community and people really hopeful, but the pick was a horrible fit. It was disruptive and wasn’t until Judy Goodwin was hired ( 3rd or 4th hire) that the community got it’s groove back. Sean has a long history with this district which may give him cumulative institutional knowledge a new person would lack.

    Comment by MI — February 10, 2015 @ 4:02 pm

  8. Judging from the dearth of comments I suspect Makani’s sucking wind again.

    Comment by jack — February 10, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

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