The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to our regularly scheduled edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. A lot happened this week, so let’s get started.

Test scores at Alameda’s schools were up this past year, though not enough for some schools that have consistently failed to meet test score targets to escape federal scrutiny. Alameda Unified’s district-wide API score rose to 847 in 2012 from 841 the year before; a list detailing how each school performed is here.

Meanwhile, Alameda’s public school students are doing better on English, writing and math than they were four years ago, but black and Latino students continue to lag behind their white and Asian peers, district officials told the school board on Tuesday.

The Navy wants to leave contaminated water, soil and drain pipes in place on a 53-acre site at the heart of Alameda Point, and the city and the citizen group the oversees the Navy’s cleanup efforts are none too happy with the plan. The public can tell the Navy what they think of the plan through November 5.

Alameda’s City Council candidates have collected and spent less so far on this election than their counterparts did in 2010, campaign disclosure statements obtained by The Alamedan show. Stewart Chen leads the fundraising pack; additional fundraising information is set to be filed on October 25.

News in brief(er): The Alameda Boys & Girls Club has a new executive director. Jeff Miller has 25 years in the nonprofit world, including service as CEO of the Boys & Girls Club in Ramona, Calif. And most recently as senior vice president of the club in Scottsdale, Ariz. … Alameda’s firefighters are raising money for The Breast Cancer Fund. They’ll be serving up mojitos this coming Monday, October 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. … the city is taking applications for two-year seats on the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Citizens Advisory Committee. Application forms can be obtained online or at the City Clerk’s office and are due October 25 … the Harbor Bay Club is hosting a Let’s Move Alameda Fair from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 20 … and the city is hosting a meeting to discuss push button upgrades at nine intersections that are intended to make it easier and safer for blind and visually impaired pedestrians. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday. October 29 at City Hall.