State Ensembles Accept Two Students From Piedmont High Jazz Band


Piedmont High School jazz band freshman Dorothy Nemeth has been accepted into the California All-State Band and Orchestra ensembles. (photos courtesy of Piedmont Unified School District)

Two students from the Piedmont High School Jazz Band have been accepted into the California All-State Band and Orchestra ensembles. Freshman Dorothy Nemeth and senior Will Davies were two of more than 6,000 student musicians who submitted their individual auditions in December for judging.

Will Davies, Piedmont High School’s senior jazz band, has been accepted into the California All-State Band and Orchestra ensembles.

Both will take part in rehearsals with accomplished producers and perform with their ensemble Feb. 17-20 at the Cal State Music Education Conference in Fresno. Davies was accepted as the jazz band’s only drummer. Nemeth was accepted on cello by the All-State Symphony Orchestra, a 114-piece string and wind band. She is one of 10 freshmen accepted into this group.

Foundation raises record $3.7 million for city schools

The Piedmont Education Foundation’s giving campaign set a new record by raising $3.7 million for schools in Piedmont. About 1,200 families have contributed, said executive director Heather Frank.

“These outstanding results of the donation campaign indicate the deep support of the Piedmont community for our children and our schools,” said Frank.

Funds raised will help keep Piedmont’s student-to-teacher ratios low and fund essential programs, such as art and music, libraries, STEAM training, counselors and more. More than 60 parent volunteers donated their time through phone calls, social media, mail and email campaigns and other outreach activities to achieve this impressive goal.

—Linda Davis, correspondent


Apply for a seat on the Local Agency Training Commission

The Alameda Local Agency Training Commission (Alameda LAFCo) is accepting applications for its public member seat. The deadline to submit an application is March 4 at 5 p.m. The commission will review each application and additional questionnaire and plans to conduct interviews the week of March 28.

LAFCO is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local government boundaries, conducting special studies that examine ways to reorganize, simplify and streamline government structure, and establish planning spheres of influence for each city. and Special County District. The commission has seven regular voting members (two county members from the Board of Supervisors, two city members selected by the Conference of Mayors, two special district members selected by independent special districts, and one public member) and four alternate members (County, City, Ward and Public Special Member).

LAFCO is governed exclusively by the laws of the State and its policies and procedures. It is not subject to or under the control or authority of the county board of supervisors, a city council or a special district board of directors.

Members of the public represent all citizens of Alameda County in an objective and impartial manner. Nominees must be residents of Alameda County and cannot be current board members, officers, or employees of Alameda County or any of its cities or special districts.

Meetings usually take place on the second Thursday of every odd month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 2pm in Dublin or online. The term is four years and commissioners receive stipends of $100 per meeting.

If you have any questions or would like to receive a copy of the application by mail, please contact LAFCO at 510-670-6265 or [email protected] For more information about Alameda LAFCO or to download the app, visit online.

—Alameda LAFCo

Apply by April 15 to serve on the Civilian Grand Jury for a year

Interested in how all government and public agencies operate in Alameda County? Do you want to do something about the waste and inefficiency in the use of your county’s money? If so, you might want to consider serving on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury.

The Civil Grand Jury does not hear criminal cases or indictments. Rather, this group of 19 local citizens is the Citizen Watch Group that investigates the operations of the county, city, and special agencies such as school districts, BART, EBMUD, and other public and nonprofit agencies. lucrative leading the affairs of Alameda County. At the end of their investigations, the Grand Jury releases a report that includes their findings and recommendations to improve the operating practices and effectiveness of these agencies. The civil grand jury decides what and whom to investigate, and agencies are legally required to respond in writing to the jury’s findings and recommendations.

Prospective jurors must be residents of Alameda County. This volunteer position lasts for 12 months, from July 1 to June 30, 2023. Applicants are interviewed by a panel of Superior Court judges, and a panel of 19 jurors are selected by lot from a pool of 30 applicants. Nominations are available on the Civil Grand Jury website at [email protected]/ and must be submitted by April 15.

– Alameda County Civil Grand Jury


Citywide COVID-19 testing increased to five days a week

Curative, with whom the Piedmont city has partnered to provide COVID-19 testing in the city, increased its testing to five days a week starting Jan. 20. Testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and will take place in the Community Hall parking lot.

Community members can register for testing at Please note that Curative is experiencing unprecedented demand for testing, which is now by appointment only. Appointments can only be released the day before the test. For more information, contact Curative directly at 888-702-9042, or visit their website at

— town in Piedmont

The city is accepting applications for an empty council seat until Monday

The City of Piedmont is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on City Council due to the departure of Councilman Tim Rood on Dec. 31.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday. They can be submitted electronically or delivered in hard copy to City Hall at 120 Vista Ave. in Piedmont. The board will hold a special meeting on February 7 to interview the nominees, who will each be invited to make a brief presentation to the board and then interviewed by board members. Applicants are requested to keep the date open for interviews. For more information, call City Clerk John Tulloch at 510-420-3040.

The appointment of Rood’s replacement must take place no later than March 1. The appointee will serve until the results of next November’s general municipal election are certified, which will take place at a council meeting in December.

If the appointee wishes, they can run for two full terms on the board, as fewer than 18 months will have been appointed in December. The appointee must be a person qualified to vote in Piedmont, must not hold any other office or employment with the city, and must not be rendered ineligible due to charter term limits.

LWV ‘Defending Democracy’ Speaker Series Begins February 10

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont organizes a series of “Defend Democracy” conferences with a range of topics. All virtual events begin at 4 p.m. Register for each event for free at to receive a Zoom link.

Rob Ritchie, President and CEO of FairVote, will speak on February 10 about ranked voting. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law, will speak on March 1 about election law and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will speak March 30 on the international perspective on American democracy. The second half of each program will be a moderated Q&A session with participants.

—Linda Davis, correspondent

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