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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here are your headlines.
Alameda Unified's suspension and expulsion rates declined last year, newly released state data show, though rates for African American and Latino students remained disproportionately high. District leaders attributed the drop to more supportive disciplinary interventions.
City leaders want to start socking away some extra cash to pay down Alameda’s growing retiree medical debt.
Tonight, the City Council will consider signing off on a plan to set up a trust fund to pay future retirees’ medical bills. The city has squirreled away a little over $1 million over the last few years - money that was set aside to meet unexpected costs that didn't arise and is now slated to be put into the fund.
City leaders are slated next week to begin tackling what City Manager John Russo is calling the “largest threat” to Alameda’s long-term financial stability – rising retiree medical costs.
The council meets to discuss the growing costs and how policymakers might tackle them on July 23.
Rising health care costs, and a growing number of retirees living longer than anticipated have contributed to growing annual health care costs and a tab for future benefits that stands at around $86 million – a bill the city hasn’t been setting aside money to pay.
That's separate from the city's unfunded future pension costs, which are an additional $107 million.