News Digest: County academies, DUSD election certified, Ninja warrior & Gender identity workshop


County academies

Alameda County officials have launched recruitment for residents interested in participating in two civic engagement academies.

The Citizens Academy, free and open to adults who live, work or own a business in the county, is accepting applications now through Aug. 10 for the evening sessions that run in September and October.

For teenage residents, applications are open from Monday to Aug. 16 for the Youth Leadership Academy, a free educational program for students in 11th or 12th grade in the county that runs in September and October.

To learn more about either, visit

Election certified

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office has certified the June 4 special election results for Dublin Unified School District Trustee Area 4, confirming Gabrielle Blackman as the winner.

Blackman, who held a comfortable lead since Election Night, finished with 588 votes (70%) ahead of lone opponent Nini Natarajan with 252 votes (30%). The final results showed that only 15.74% of Area 4 voters cast ballots (817 vote-by-mail; 28 at precincts on Election Day).

Blackman, who is completing an unexpired term through November 2020, is due to be sworn into office during the next Board of Trustees meeting, which would be July 23 or Aug. 13, depending on the summer schedule. That will give DUSD four out of five board seats filled; with Area 3 set for a special election Nov. 5.

Ninja warrior

Pleasanton native and Foothill High alum Seth Rogers is set to make his second appearance on the athletic competition TV show "American Ninja Warrior" on Monday, where he will be competing to win a spot in the Las Vegas finals.

The 19-year-old Rogers completed the notoriously challenging course during the contest's Los Angeles qualifiers back in May, making his way through an increasingly difficult obstacle course where even the strongest and most agile struggle.

Check out Rogers' second appearance on "American Ninja Warrior," 8 p.m. Monday on NBC.

Gender identity

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore (1893 N. Vasco Road) is hosting a "Gender Identity and Sexuality Workshop" that will focus on "our assumptions of the transgender community" starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The workshop, to be followed by a screening of the DVD "Gender Revolution" and an open forum, is part of the church's summer worship series, "Welcoming Diversity." Future sessions this summer will include the topics of race, age, class and religion. Visit

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