The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

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

Residents who participated in a meeting Thursday aimed at gathering input on the fate of Historic Alameda High School said they want the 88-year-old campus saved and reopened to students. Our video and live Tweet by Tweet of the meeting are here. The Alamedan has also assembled a timeline documenting the history of efforts to retrofit the school here.

Alameda Hospital has earned a two-year extension on the January 1 deadline for seismic upgrades to two buildings it is required to retrofit, a report Chief Executive Officer Deborah E. Stebbins was set to give on Thursday night says. The hospital now has until 2015 to complete the work, though managers have told the state they’ll need an additional three years beyond that.

A new Safeway grocery store and gas station could become part of a Target-anchored shopping center being constructed next to the Posey Tube. The Pleasanton-based grocery chain has signed a letter of intent to build a 45,000-square-foot “lifestyle” store at Alameda Landing and a gas station that would accompany a Target that is under construction now and slated to open in October.

Five teams of Oakland students who are participants in a college prep program brought marketing materials, product samples and good old salesmanship to Alameda’s Wind River in March, when they visited to sell stress balls, office seat cushions, drink tumblers and more to employees. They left campus with a handful of sales each and pride in their business models, BUILD’s East Oakland site director Alex Teitel said.

News in brief(er): Alameda’s high schools are outperforming the state on graduation rates … efforts to clean toxins at Alameda Point will get $10 million more in funding next year than originally planned … a local group is asking the Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts to speak out against the national organization’s policy barring gays … and the state is considering a remodel for the Webster and Posey tubes.