August 2014

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

This month, I met with Bay Farm Island historians Bob Perata, John Olivera, George Anthony, Bud Soares (descendant of Alameda’s Silva family) and Robert Cumming. They all helped tremendously with the following story.

The city has selected a new poet laureate. The City Council is set to appoint Julia Park Tracey to the volunteer post on September 16.

Monday marked the first day of school for most Alameda public schools, which means it was the first day of after school cross-country practice!

Hadi Monsef, a beloved former city councilman and a longtime real estate broker who dedicated much of his life to serving the community he loved through the local Rotary Club and many other volunteer activities, has died. He was 81.

We’re opening this week’s (slightly late) Campaign Column with some exciting news: We’re partnering with the Alameda Sun on a pair of candidate debates in September.

Schools leaders are seeking the public’s input on a plan to illuminate one of a pair of baseball diamonds at Will C. Wood Middle School.

The future’s looking bright.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Alameda community. My name is Sean McPhetridge, and I am serving as the interim superintendent for Alameda Unified School District this school year.

This fall, Alameda voters will be asked to consider paying higher property taxes to cover $179.5 million in bonds to upgrade the Island’s schools.

Alameda Point Environmental Report blogger Richard Bangert was so impressed by "the beehive of construction activity" at Alameda Landing development that he snapped these photos.

Summer's almost over, so of course it's heating up around here - and promising to get warmer yet. Still, this weekend gave us a succession of great days in which to stroll and amble around, especially along Shore Line Drive.

A massive Canadian developer with tens of thousands of lots spread across North America and a group that includes some prominent Bay Area developers have been named finalists in the race to win the right to build a neighborhood of homes and shops at Alameda Point.

Since I became director of the Alameda Food Bank, I have been skeptical when anyone in our organization refers to our clients as “them.”

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 26 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

An earthquake centered near American Canyon rattled the Bay Area a little before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. While the 6.0 temblor caused damage and knocked out power for many near the epicenter, Alamedans only lost sleep. Here's what happened and what Island residents shaken awake by the quake had to say; feel free to share your earthquake experience here.

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

Sunday Crafternoons have returned to Alameda South Shore Center’s Modern Mouse.

I think we can all agree that the human body is a truly amazing thing. There is seemingly no end to the fascinating characteristics of all of its systems, with organs, blood, bones, and, of course, the brain. Yet, as amazing as it is, our bodies are easily tricked.

Welcome to Development Alerts, our new tool for keeping you in the loop on what’s developing in Alameda. Here’s the latest.

This time of year is exciting for both parents and children. New schools, new friends, new school clothes, new things to learn, the smell of new erasers, perfectly sharpened crayons and fresh new haircuts.

Alameda charter school staffers’ decision to unionize is receiving national attention. The incoming president of the National Education Association – a national teachers union – is coming to Alameda to shine light on the organizing efforts of staffers at Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center.

Last week, we offered you an early look at ballot statements submitted by your candidates for mayor and City Council – effectively, their 200-words-or-less pitches describing why you should elect them to represent you at City Hall.

The board that oversees Alameda’s power supply took in a presentation Monday on potential cyber threats to that supply and to financial information of Alameda Municipal Power’s customers.

We took a day trip with some friends to San Pablo on Sunday to listen to some traditional New Orleans jazz and to even dance a few steps when the beat got to our bloodstreams.

For more than 14 years, Alameda Family Services has been providing shelter to homeless, runaway and “thrown away” teens in an eight-bed Victorian in Oakland. But the teens may soon find themselves with nowhere to go.

Planning Board, 7 p.m. Monday, August 25, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Agenda

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

So … I heard you want to know about my life as an evil, comedic, middle aged, hilarious, short man? Well, let’s get started then.

East Bay water officials approved new restrictions this week that limit watering of lawns and landscaping and other outdoor uses.

Today we're going to talk about the opposite of running, also known as resting.

Five years ago the city laid off half of its planning department, as the economy fell into a deep recession and construction projects came to a screeching halt. But now that the economy is recovering, the city’s permit counter is busier than ever, planning staffers say.

Start NOW to prepare and prevent cold and flu in your house!

Now that there is a full slate of candidates for City Hall elections, which of them is going to stand up for Bay Farm Island and be our voice in Alameda politics?

Alameda voters will decide on candidates for the school board after all, as a third candidate for two open board seats filed his paperwork to run on Wednesday.

Alameda’s Board of Education has hired veteran Alameda schools administrator Sean McPhetridge to serve as the Island's interim schools chief for the 2014-15 school year, which starts on August 25.

School board members are pushing for the removal of cell phone towers perched atop three Alameda schools.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta scores what could be considered a Democratic pol’s ultimate selfie, with former secretary of state and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

On Tuesday morning, I woke to one of an editor’s worst nightmares: The Alamedan couldn’t be accessed by our readers, and in fact had already been unavailable for several hours.

Every day, a large, white bus stops in front of Donald Hull’s High Street home.

After 15 or so years and one major fiasco (SunCal), Alameda seems ready to pull the trigger on the development of Alameda Point.

We are going into the fifth grade at Maya Lin School. We have now spoken at three school board meetings. We don’t think we should have to ask to feel safe.

As parents of Alameda students, we were saddened, but not surprised, by AT&T’s refusal to remove cellular antennas from Maya Lin School where they may present a danger to our children.

Now that (almost) all of your local candidates have declared, election season is in full swing. And we here at The Alamedan are ready to tell you what you need to know about all the local races to be an informed voter.

The Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 12 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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

Alameda voters will be faced with low turnout on their local ballots this fall, with a pair of candidates running for mayor and three candidates in the race for two open council seats.

Two years ago, I wrote a guest blog post for Len Saunders' fine blog covering children's health. My post was about what a great sport cross-country is for teenagers.

Updated at 8:32 a.m. Thursday, August 14

Alameda’s top cop says the police department will do more to help homeless people following the release of a video that showed local police ticketing a homeless veteran and suggesting he leave Alameda for Oakland.

Schools leaders are preparing to hire veteran Alameda schools administrator Sean McPhetridge to serve as the Island's interim schools chief for the 2014-15 school year.

Today we're introducing our new Development Alerts - e-mailed updates intended to let you know about new development proposals as soon as we do and to provide you with the information you need to have your say.

“Guess who's running for Mayor of Alameda?”

Finding Marina Cove Waterfront Park for the start of Saturday’s “Alameda Walks” event was an educational experience.

We had a medical appointment in San Francisco in the morning and another appointment here in Alameda in the afternoon. "We'll leave ourselves at least an hour and a half to get back," we thought. That would be plenty.

Island City Opera hosted its first-ever Opera Concert in Franklin Park on Saturday.

The Historical Advisory Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 7 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.

An Encinal High School teacher and his supporters are battling schools administrators’ decision to transfer him to a different high school, the latest in a string of hotly contested teacher transfers on which the school board has been asked to weigh in.

To me, there are four keys to fitness cycling.