school bonds

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your Alameda news in brief. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

As a two-time performer at Carnegie Hall, former honors soloist for the Colorado and Stanford Suzuki Institute, and second-place winner of the 2014 American Protégé Competition for Piano and Strings, Alameda cellist Isabelle Brown-Lyden has the resume of a professional – and she’s just 12 years old. Brown-Lyden started playing when she was 4 and performing when she was 5.

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

Alameda’s two high schools could be the focus of a bond the Alameda Board of Education is considering for the November ballot.

Alameda's Board of Education is considering a bond program to upgrade its school facilities. Here are the school board's questions about the proposed bond structure, and answers from the district's bond advisor, Vincent McCarley; meanwhile, our school bond explainer is here.

 

Schools leaders could ask voters for nearly $180 million to modernize Alameda’s public schools, a bond consultant told the Board of Education on Tuesday night. The board is considering whether to put a bond measure to fund schools fixes on the November ballot.

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

State Controller John Chiang’s office recently released 2012 pay, pension and health cost data for California’s city and county employees, offering a detailed breakdown of costs by both employee and department. The Alamedan posted some of the key details Chiang offered up on Alameda’s municipal workforce in this graphic.

Updated at 12:53 p.m. Thursday, January 9 in bold

Schools leaders are expected to put a bond measure on the November ballot for repair and replacement of Alameda’s aged schools. So how much will you pay if voters approve it, and what will the money pay for?

The board’s likely electoral route – a vote under the rules of Proposition 39, which allows bonds to be issued with 55 percent voter approval – will mean limits on the amount of money property owners can be charged to pay for them each year and also, the amount of debt the district can take on.