The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to my brand-new news-in-brief blog, The Broad Brush, where I'll be giving you the Reader's Digest version of the week's news. My goal is to post Mondays and Fridays (and we'll see how that goes). So without further ado ...

Alameda's Board of Education is slated to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Alameda High School cafeteria. A final agenda for the meeting hadn't been posted on the district's website as of Sunday night, though the tentative agenda posted there lists a community workshop on the condition of facilities at Alameda High School and a facilities report as topics of discussion. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Election Day is Tuesday; items on the ballot include the Measure C sales tax increase proposal, a parcel tax for the Peralta Community College District,a pair of state ballot measures and more. We'll have full election coverage Tuesday.

The City Council will consider fresh alternatives to a development strategy for Alameda Point on Wednesday that they rejected a month ago. City staff are sill recommending the council press forward with the strategy, which entails taking out $5 million in bonds to be repaid using lease revenues in order to fund the cost of entitling the land for a developer, though they are offering alternatives that would do some but not all of the work originally proposed and another that would bring in a residential developer to pay for that prep work to be done. The council is also slated to consider placing a community-sponsored initiative that would eliminate their ability to swap park land without a public election on the November ballot.

Also on Wednesday, the Alameda Health Care District Board will consider its budget for 2013. The proposed budget shows the hospital $682,000 in the black at year's end with the addition of new programs expected to mitigate years of losses. The board will also consider approving a loan of up to $1.4 million from the Bank of Alameda against two properties it owns.

Other news in brief: Alameda Unified has inked a contract with its maintenance and food service workers; Alameda Patch has more on that. Vice Mayor Rob Bonta has scheduled a blood drive at the Main Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today; anyone interested in participating can sign up at, sponsor code BONTA, or by calling (800) 733-2767.