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Trio named to All-CCAA Squad Softball

SUBMITTED BY SCOTT CHISHOLM Senior Chelsie Kakela, junior Kelsey LaVaute, and freshman Ali Cerminara were named to the 2014 AllCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Softball Team, announced on Friday, May 2, 2014. Kakela is the third player in Pioneer history to earn first team All-CCAA honors and the first since 2012. “They all turned in solid seasons and are deserving of the recognition. I am excited for what it means for our program and future,” said Cal State East Bay Head Coach Barbara Pierce. Kakela, a native of Bainbridge Island, Wash., earned an at-large selection after starting in 52-of-53 games as the Pioneer designated player. Over the final 23 games of the season she hit .422 (27-for-64) with six home runs and 22 RBI. In conference play she tied for the league lead with 11 homers and posted a CCAA best .833 slugging percentage. LaVaute, a newcomer to the Pioneers from Missoula, Mont., was named to the second team as an atlarge selection. In conference play she led the league with 35 runs batted in, tied for third with 10 long balls, and ranked fifth with a .699 slugging percentage. The Cal State East Bay first baseman played in all 53 games and led the team with 45 RBI and seven stolen bases in 2014. Cerminara, hailing from Phoenix, Ariz., earned a second team selection at catcher after appearing in 48-of53 games this season. In CCAA play she ranked in the top 12 overall with seven home runs and a .554 slugging percentage. Cerminara led the league throwing out 11 base runners attempting to steal on her. The only three players originally from outside the state of California to be named to the All-CCAA were Kakela, LaVaute and Cerminara. It is the third straight year the Pioneers have placed multiple players on the All-CCAA squad. Cal State East Bay went 27-26, 18-18 CCAA and finished fifth in the final regular season league standings. The Pioneers posted their best result in league play and finished with a .500 record in CCAA for the first time since joining the CCAA in 2010.

Gladiator update Rugby The Life Chiropractic College West Gladiators took the next step toward a spot at the U.S. National Rugby Finals to be held in Madison Wisconsin on May 31st. In regional play on May 3rd in Boise, Idaho, the Gladiators beat the Northwest Champion Budd Bay Buffalos 34-24. The next step toward the finals is quarter and semi-final rounds May 17-18 in Dallas, Texas. Any individuals or businesses that would like to support the team can contact Coach Dr. Tez Molloy on (510) 3291769, or visit the team website at

Eagles score big win

SUBMITTED AND PHOTOS BY MIKE HEIGHTCHEW The American Eagles won a close one as they beat The Mission Warriors 4-3 in a game that could have gone either way on May 2, 2014. The Eagles started the game off right in the first inning with a nicely timed series of hits that drove in the first two runs of the game, taking an early lead, 2-0. But the Mission San Jose Warriors stayed in the fight as they started an offensive attack of they own in the fourth inning, closing the gap with a run, followed by two more in the fifth. Score: Eagles 4, Warriors 3. A game filled with exciting plays from both teams as both hit the ball deep into the outfield, setting up an unusual amount of action around home plate and some exciting plays. Jordan Terbeek of the Warriors who filled in at the catcher

position, made some heads up plays to keep the game close but the Eagle offense just seemed to get the hits at the right times. A team effort, Dave Shan, Naeem Knox and Arric Bischofberger posted RBIs for the day and Knox had another stand out day behind the plate with 2 hits for 2 at bats with an RBI as well. This was an important game in

Finding jobs SUBMITTED BY SEVERN WILLIAMS Finding solutions for persistent unemployment among East Bay residents is the subject of a new report by the East Bay Community Foundation. The report spotlights practical ways in which employers, government job-training programs and jobs-focused nonprofit organizations can all work together to increase employment among individuals in the shadows of unemployment.

The report is a follow-up to the Foundation’s 2009 study, Putting the East Bay to Work. The 2009 research and the new report are aimed at reducing poverty in the East Bay — specifically among the 325,000 residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, 12 percent of the total population, living below the Federal Poverty Level. Both the full current report and executive summary are available on the Foundation’s website at

Share My Lesson website assists educators SUBMITTED BY NATALIE DEAN Share My Lesson has reached a milestone of 300,000 user-generated online lesson plans and other classroom resources. It is now the largest digital collection of free materials for educators, paraprofessionals, parents and community organizations. The joint venture between the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, which launched in June 2012, has a community of more than 480,000 registered users. Just recently, Share My Lesson posted “Care Packages,” making it easier than ever for users to find the most applicable resources for their classroom. The virtual Care Package is specified by grade or subject and features relevant Common Core-aligned resources for each category. Share My Lesson allows educators to collaborate with each other through the sharing of teaching and learning best practices. Resources are easily accessible and quality checked through a peer-review process. Among the 300,000 classroom resources is the largest collection of Common Core-aligned lesson plans and other teaching materials— more than 30,000 aligned resources. For more information, and access to free Share My Lesson resources, visit

the Mission Valley Athletic League competition; with the victory, the Eagles put themselves into a four-way tie for third place with Kennedy Moreau Catholic and Irvington at 5-5. With just two weeks remaining in league play, all games will important in the standings and North Coast Section play.

Williams selected as Deputy County Executive SUBMITTED BY GWENDOLYN MITCHELL/LAUREL ANDERSON County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith recently announced that James R. Williams will assume new responsibilities as Deputy County Executive. Thirty-year-old Williams played a substantial role in advancing the County’s position on the dissolution of redevelopment agencies. Williams delivered oral argument before the California Supreme Court in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, where the County’s successful argument resulted in the dissolution of the state’s 400+ redevelopment agencies on February 1, 2012. In June of 2012, Smith appointed Williams to serve as Special Assistant to the County Executive with a primary role in the dissolution of the redevelopment agencies. He has worked on every aspect of this unprecedented effort, including oversight boards, legislation, audits, and tax distribution. In January 2013, he was promoted to the post of Deputy County Executive, focused on dissolution and other special projects in Finance, Valley Health Plan, and public safety. Williams will coordinate, on behalf of the County Executive, Procurement, Countywide Contracting, County Communications (9-1-1), Office of Emergency Services, Fire Department, housing issues, and work with the Board of Supervisors’ Finance and Government Operations Committee. Williams began his career with the County of Santa Clara in 2010 as a Social Justice & Impact Litigation Fellow in the Office of the County Counsel. His impressive work landed him a role as Deputy County Counsel where, among other duties, he advised the County’s Finance Agency and its Auditor-Controller, Treasurer, and Tax Collector functions. Williams graduated from Stanford Law School in June 2010. In 2006, he graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he received the Pyne Prize, Princeton’s highest undergraduate distinction. He is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. In Spring 2012, Williams was named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Recorder, recognizing California attorneys in their first 10 years of practice “whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.” Williams and his wife, Mary Anne, live in San Jose with their three children: Jesse, age 4; Boman, age 2; and Susanna, age 6 months. His salary is $182,000.

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