April 2014

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.

Alameda's Board of Ed okayed a lease for Nea and Alameda Community Learning Center, talked state funding and got the lowdown on potential bond amounts Tuesday night. Here's the tweet by tweet.

Baseball can be a cruel game. The phrase “that’s how the ball bounces” has never been more appropriate than when applied to baseball. The sport’s cruelty can sometimes be reflected in the results of Little League games.

St. Joseph Garden Club’s 19th annual Gardens Galore tour is set to take place on May 18.

The United States Navy may have won its battles in the Pacific during World War II, but it suffered something of a setback Monday night before the Planning Board.

This year may be the last one that Newark Unified distributes money for the beginning teacher support and assessment program, or BTSA, schools leaders said, as the result of what some are characterizing as an unexpected consequence of changes in the way state funds are distributed to schools.

When Alameda Health System assumes management of the financially troubled Alameda Hospital, the list of potential costs they’ll face includes as much as $37.45 million in seismic and other potential repairs, $5 million in loans and a possible $4.3 million hit for shifting workers’ pensions when they become employees of the countywide public health care system.

This season of the year, entertainments that skew toward the outdoors increasingly pop up on our radar screens. The weather invites us to enjoy the outdoors even if it's only in passing from one place to another.

The Alameda Unified School District’s space crunch has claimed another victim. Alternatives in Action, a nonprofit organization that has used innovative educational techniques to help at-risk Bay Area students since 1996, is moving out of Alameda.

The nonprofit board that oversees Nea Community Learning Center voted Thursday to fire the school’s top administrator and the nonprofit’s chief operating officer after an emotional meeting at which students, parents and the school’s teachers defended the pair and called for their reinstatement.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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The public will have a chance to weigh in at Monday's Planning Board meeting on a draft plan to refashion the iconic Del Monte warehouse into hundreds of homes and shops on a new waterfront promenade that would be open to public use.

The Boston Marathon took place this past Monday. It was an emotional day for many people because of the bombing that occurred at the end of the race last year.

Police have arrested a student who they said brandished a BB gun near the Esperanza housing complex Thursday morning. The suspect's name is not being released because he is a juvenile.

Alameda Municipal Power wants its two dollars (and 25 cents).

Dear Mom:

You are enough.

Although boating and sailing go on around the Bay Area year-round, things really begin to pick up in the spring.

Planning a drive to Park or Webster streets? The city is considering changes that they say could make it easier for you to park.

The Alameda Police Department is offering free child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot at police headquarters, 1555 Oak Street.

Dozens of Nea Community Learning Center students walked out of classes Tuesday to protest the removal of the school’s leader Friday, eight weeks before the end of the school year.

A few weeks ago the head of Digital First Media – the private equity-backed company that owns the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and most of the other daily papers in the Bay Area – announced the company was shuttering Project Thunderdome, a 50-person outfit that provided business, technology, health and other news to dozens of the company’s papers across the country.

A few dozen parents, preservationists and school staffers turned out Monday to offer their thoughts on proposed upgrades that could once again put students into Historic Alameda High School and replace dozens of portable classrooms, improve drop-off areas and boost security at schools across the Island.

Got questions about the city's plans for Alameda Point? City Manager John Russo says he'll answer them, here on The Alamedan. You can e-mail your question to me at michele@thealamedan.org this week or just post it in a comment on the site, and I will pass it all along. In the meantime, you can scan all of our Alameda Point coverage here.

A local book publisher has been acquired by a bigger East Coast house. Turner Publishing Company of Nashville, Tennessee, has bought the assets of Park Street-based Hunter House Publishers.

The Planning Board and Historical Advisory Board are conducting a joint special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at the Del Monte Warehouse, 1501 Buena Vista Avenue.

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Once upon a time - in 2004 - three friends decided to open a restaurant in Alameda. Since they were all Italian (two natives and an Italian-American), they figured it would be a good idea to feature Italian food and wine.

Last week at the school board meeting, the high school physical education (P.E.) requirement was discussed. Much of the discussion about broadening students' ability to gain an exemption from taking a second year of P.E.

Will C. Wood is transforming itself from a traditional neighborhood-serving middle school.

Stress is everywhere we look. As a society, we rarely have a moment to just relax and do nothing. If we do, we tend to feel like we are slacking off, as if a moment in the day not filled is wasted.

The city is getting ready to seek out developers who could build hundreds of homes, retail outlets, offices or hotels on 150 acres at Alameda Point.

Alameda City Council

The city will soon be soliciting developers to build homes, stores, offices and more on 150 acres of Alameda Point. Here's what the City Council had to say about that.

Alameda is such an alluring city. From the moment you enter this enticing Island oasis, you know you are in a special place. I liken it to the “perfect town” in every American movie ever produced in Hollywood: Not quite Mayberry, but not a big city either.

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.

Pop-up buildings may soon be popping up at Alameda Point.

Fans of Rosenblum Cellars’ prized zinfandels and Rhone varietals will only be able to sample the winery’s 50-plus wines “next to the docks in Alameda” for a few more months.

This time of year I never tire of the walk along Shore Line eastward into the bird sanctuary. The shorebirds are migrating and our little part of the bay is a smorgasbord for the dowitchers and their smaller brethren.

For the past few months, residents of Bay Farm Island have been seeing and hearing something totally out of the ordinary: A rooster has been walking up and down residents’ wood fences, running the length of Harbor Bay Isle’s tracts.

I would like to thank the many generous donors who supported the Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program in February and March.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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“My name is Gary Francis Comoglio, and throughout my whole lifetime, my last name has been butchered,” the artist-turned-gallerist said. So he decided to go with something “easier and more concise” when he launched his gallery.

I ran a 10k a couple of Sundays ago. Yeah, the same Sunday it was raining cats and dogs.

A dramatic jump in measles cases in California has prompted readers to ask what Alameda Unified’s vaccination requirements are and how many families are opting out.

Police are investigating the early morning death of a pedestrian struck by a minivan Wednesday on Otis Drive.

Alameda’s public schools could be educating about 1,000 more students a decade from now – many of them in West End and mid-Island schools.

Alameda schools

School board members got the 411 on future enrollment projections, bond preparations and more. Here's the tweet by tweet.

Students at a pair of Alameda schools are celebrating wins in regional and state competitions.

The city has scored what officials hope is a final legal victory in a trio of bondholder lawsuits that followed the sale of Alameda Municipal Power’s telecommunications business in 2008.

When big companies move to a new city, they often talk about how they want to give back to the community. VF Outdoor puts their money where their mouth is.

April is an emotionally difficult time for me. It contains the birthdays of my deceased brother and my deceased son.

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the 2010 murder of Eric Franklin, 35, including a man wanted in connection with a second killing in unincorporated San Leandro.

When Erik Lee opened Alameda Martial Arts in 1994, the first student to walk through the door was 7-year-old Sandra Carnero. Two decades later, Carnero is still at the school.

While in midlife the theme of death enters in a new way in our lives, it changes again as we get older. It is not just accepted as a reality, but it feels closer.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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

San Francisco-based author Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, stopped by the Alameda Free Library on Tuesday for some April Fool's day fun.

There are some very simple exercises that anyone can do to help with their balance.

A New York-based foundation has rescinded a major grant it awarded to Alameda in December, marking a setback in the city’s disaster preparedness efforts.

Thank you Alameda for voting Meals on Wheels as one of your favorite non-profit organizations.

Housing advocates are asking the city to consider new rules that could control the rise of rents.

Five young soccer players from the Bladium Sports and Fitness Club’s Player ID Combine have been selected to attend the West Ham Soccer Academy’s national camp and the West Ham United Elite Player Academy in London.

Spring, which unofficially arrived sometime in January, made its official debut on March 21 and drew scores of Alamedans to the shore.