The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Image courtesy of Alameda Municipal Power.

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

It's that time of the year again: Parents of fifth graders all over the Island are applying to middle schools for next fall. To help families navigate their options last year, The Alamedan asked the leaders of all seven of Alameda’s free, public middle schools to offer some basic information about their programs. This year we're reprising the piece by reader request, with updates noted in the text.

Alameda Municipal Power is taking its first steps toward a future where digital meters will transmit electricity use data wirelessly to the power company’s Grand Street headquarters and meter readers will be a thing of the past. The electric company – which claims to be the oldest public utility west of the Mississippi – started installing digital meters at Alameda’s 300 biggest businesses this week, and has plans to install more at 135 existing homes.

Last November voters approved Measure BB, which spells out the transportation and transit priorities for Alameda County over the next 30 years and the funding source for these projects: a half cent increase to the previous county sales tax for transportation. The new tax is in place through 2044. Here’s what Alameda will get.

Pagano’s Hardware Mart has occupied the corner of Lincoln Avenue and St. Charles Street for nearly 70 years. But in a few short months, the iconic Island shop, which bills itself as “so much more than a hardware store,” will be moving to a new location.

Should Alameda have one comprehensive high school or two? About 50 people – including school board members past, present and prospective – showed up at Will C. Wood Middle School on Thursday night to discuss the pros and cons of each.

News in brief(er): Habit Burger’s grand opening will benefit local charities … St. Philip Neri students showed off their teaching skills at a recent Google event … a family was displaced from their home Thursday by a fire … and Donato J. Stinghen has been named associate chief medical officer of Alameda Hospital.