The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to another installment of The Broad Brush, our weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s Board of Education okayed the addition of seventh and eighth grades at Bay Farm Elementary School, which won permission to start a specialized schooling program last year and had sought to become a K-8. The vote came as some board members voiced concerns about the cost of the facilities that would need to be put in place to accommodate the additional grades.

Meanwhile, the school board also started to talk about the future of Wood Middle School, which has struggled to reach state and federal test score targets in math and English and could close.

The City Council signed off on new contracts for the city’s police and firefighters that they believe will buy them a few year’s peace with public safety labor groups. The contracts offer raises but will also have public safety workers paying more for pensions and health care.

Alameda police are investigating an arson fire at the American Oak restaurant on Santa Clara Avenue. Police said someone broke into the restaurant through the basement and intentionally ignited items inside the restaurant, causing a fire that cause an estimated $450,000 in damage.

Angela's Bar and Bistro is hosting a pair of fundraisers in order to help American Oak employees who are now out of work as a result of the fire. Their Mojito Monday fundraiser takes place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 17, while Friday Night Flights is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 21. All of the proceeds from the events will go to American Oak's employees.

And Alameda Civic Ballet’s eighth annual rendition of “The Nutcracker” will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kofman Auditorium.