Ruby Bridges Elementary School

Darrell A. Doan will be tasked with marketing the city to prospective businesses and promoting existing businesses, as well as smoothing the way for businesses as they wend their way through city approval processes.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will perform in a Seedlings concert to raise money to send fifth graders at Ruby Bridges Elementary School to science camp. The concert is at 7 p.m. January 25 at Kofman Auditorium; tickets are $15 each, and are available in the Ruby Bridges school office; by contacting teacher Heather Figueroa at; or at the door. The OIGC Youth Choir, African Drum and Dance and the school’s fifth graders will also perform.

Alameda’s public school parents have been pushing for security upgrades in the wake of a mass murder at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. and a rash of frightening incidents at schools here on the Island.

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Hundreds of the Alameda Unified School District’s youngest charges are on wide-open school campuses where some basic security measures aren’t being followed, visits to three of Alameda’s elementary schools showed this week.

“Sadly, it is not surprising at all,” school security expert Ken Trump said when presented with the results of the reporter’s visits.