The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to another edition of The Broad Brush, our weekly two-sentence news review. This was a uniquely news-filled week, so let’s get started.

A state appeals court threw out most of former Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler’s wrongful termination suit against the city but will allow Kapler’s claim that the city owes him post-employment benefits to proceed. In an unpublished opinion issued Thursday, a three-judge First District Court of Appeal panel ruled that city officials’ investigation into Kapler’s gasoline use and their decision to terminate him were protected public participation efforts and that Kapler, an at-will employee, had not demonstrated a likelihood that he would prevail in his case, save his claim that the city owes him benefits.

Schools officials delivered their final financials for the 2011-2012 school year on Tuesday, which showed that the district will have $1.3 million less in the bank than they had the year before but that it still has far more cash on hand that legally required. That said, Chief Business Officer Robert Shemwell said that if voters nix a pair of ballot propositions that would raise taxes to fund schools, district leaders could be making fresh cuts in a few years.

City leaders are pressing ahead with efforts to construct a new mid-Island fire station and emergency operations center despite local voters’ rejection of a sales tax hike that would have paid for it. Public meetings to discuss the city’s goals in constructing the project and residents’ concerns and ideas will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 20 and October 1 at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue; the kickoff meeting was held Thursday.

News in brief(er): A man who is accused of stealing a boat from an Alameda marina and abducting his two small children spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle this week about the incident. Christopher Maffei, 43, is due back in court on Monday … a 12-year-old girl emerged unharmed after jumping from a second-story window when a group broke into her Alameda Point home … an off-duty sheriff’s deputy shot a 17-year-old Alameda boy who allegedly tried to rob him … Fifteen people were displaced due to an early-morning apartment fire Wednesday on Pacific Avenue that injured one tenant and two firefighters … and for the third year in a row, Alameda was named one of the 100 best American communities for young people by the America’s Promise Alliance and ING.