The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Proposed design of the Marina Cove II subdivision. Image courtesy of the City of Alameda.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for this week.

The Planning Board considered design plans for 52 new homes and 37 condominiums to be built where a warehouse once stood along Buena Vista Avenue. The board discussed the design of the planned Marina Cove II subdivision at 1551 Buena Vista Avenue tonight.

Fresh water conservation efforts are occurring at a seemingly unlikely place: The local car wash. Alameda High School’s seniors are hosting the second of two car washes this Saturday at the Follow Charlie Car Wash to raise money and also, to draw attention to what may be to some an unexpected method of saving water.

Alameda’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to take another step toward putting a bond measure on the November ballot. The board considered but rejected a proposal to prioritize upgrades to Alameda’s two main high schools that board members had earlier agreed to move forward with.

Our tweet by tweet coverage of Tuesday’s meeting is here.

Jordan Battani, the longest-serving member of the board that governed Alameda Hospital and a key player in its affiliation deal with Alameda Health System, has resigned her seat. Her resignation was effective May 23. Battani served the board for seven and a half of the 12 years it’s existed, five of them as president.

Alameda Unified’s pension costs could nearly triple and those of its teachers could rise by 25 percent under Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to reform the California State Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS. Brown’s “May Revise” – a revised budget proposal floated earlier this month – seeks to increase the amount school districts will pay toward teachers’ pensions from 8.25 percent of their salaries to 19.1 percent over seven years.

Alameda has a rich history in the news business, with hometown newspapers published as early as the 1850s. With all the changes in media and news outlets in this modern era, it can be interesting – not to mention fun – to reminisce by looking back at newspapers from yesteryear.

News in brief(er): The Alameda County Waste Management Authority has adopted a $9.55 per household fee for hazardous waste disposal … the Island will celebrate Philippine Independence Day on June 7 …
the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is headed for Hawaii … a 55-year-old solider from Alameda is set to graduate from basic training … and the USS Hornet honored veterans on Memorial Day.