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Monday in the East Bay: Alameda proposes upgrades to the arts, deceased Tesla employee identified and more

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Alameda Board of Education proposes renovation of Kofman Auditorium

A bond measure to allocate funds towards the renovation of the Kofman Auditorium is being prepared by the Alameda Board of Education for inclusion on the 2022 ballot to perform upgrades on school facilities, Alameda Magazine reports.

Upgrades to the auditorium were not originally included on the ballot and Chief Business Officer Shariq Khan has said that the auditorium will reopen following the end of the pandemic but members of the performing arts community say the auditorium isn’t fit for use in its current state.

Over $130 million in funds are included in the measure with $63,864,800 allocated for an athletic facility and an additional $66,750,796 for new gymnasiums at Wood and Lincoln Middle Schools and at Encinal High School.

An additional $30,749,338 would be needed to perform upgrades and refurbishments to the theater and lobby with other maintenance needed at the back of the theater house.

“For performing arts students, the theater is their classroom. Without it, they can’t fully learn their craft. We ask for the community’s support in asking the Board to support Kofman Auditorium” said Artistic Director for Alameda Civic Ballet, Abra Rudisill during a community input meeting earlier this month.

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Authorities identify employee who died on Tesla assembly line

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The Alameda County Coroner identified the Tesla employee who died last week during a shift at the auto maker’s Fremont factory as Rodrigo Villanueva, 47, of Tracy, KTVU reports.

Villanueva collapsed Wednesday during his shift on the powertrain line. First responders deployed life-saving measures but pronounced him dead at the scene. His cause of death is still unknown.

Authorities from Cal-Occupational Safety and Health Administration are still investigating whether Villanueva’s death was work-related or not, according to Cal/OSHA spokesperson Peter Melton.

Beer pub and mini golf complex heading to Emeryville

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Sacramento-based Faststick Pub is heading to East Bay bringing “an indoor mini golf course infused with local art, a restaurant, a large patio, multiple party spaces and a secret speakeasy,” to Bay Street Emeryville, according to a press release, East Bay Times reports.

Fastick’s new Emeryville location is slated to open in fall 2022 and will offer a wide variety of California craft beers, locally-sourced wines, custom cocktails along with happy hour specials.

In addition, Faststick will feature Mexican street food such as elote, tacos, churros and burritos.

Mini-golf enthusiasts 21 years of age and up can purchase a lifetime membership to Faststick for $95, which provides unlimited access to free golf and interactive games at any Faststick Pub location.

Click here for more information.

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