Alameda County Supervisors are today interviewing five people who want to fill the District 3 seat left vacant by Wilma Chan's election to the California Assembly.
The candidates were short-listed from 15 applicants who turned in completed applications to the board clerk by the deadline. No decision is expected today, but one may be announced as early as next Tuesday, the last Board of Supervisor's meeting scheduled for the year.
The candidates are Ralph Appezzato, the mayor of Alameda; Berresford Bingham, trustee of the Alameda Unified School District's board of education; David Kakishiba, executive director of the East Bay Asian Youth Center in Oakland; Alice Lai-Bitker of Alameda, an assistant to Wilma Chan; and Gary Yee, chairman of the education department at Holy Names College.
Yee does not live in District 3, although he says he owns a home in the district, where he plans to move if appointed.
District 3 includes the island of Alameda, part of Oakland and San Leandro. The interviews are open to the public and there will be an open forum when the interviews are complete.