The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week, and what’s coming up.

Alameda’s City Council took what Mayor Marie Gilmore characterized Tuesday as the first step toward addressing the city’s unfunded pension and retiree medical costs, which combined have grown to an estimated $193 million this year. City staffers will turn their attention to addressing pension and benefit costs as they begin contract negotiations with Alameda’s public safety unions and again with a more detailed rundown on benefit issues in the spring.

City staffers are hammering out a deal to transfer ownership of the Meyers House to the nonprofit Alameda Museum, which now manages the historic home. Under the proposed no-cost transfer, which could go to the City Council for its approval early next year, the nonprofit would assume full responsibility for the capital improvements and maintenance Meyers House needs and would continue to operate the city monument as a local house museum.

Preservationists are working on a potentially sweeping overhaul of the rules that guide preservation of Alameda’s historic homes and other historic resources that could subject alteration plans for nearly every structure in Alameda to additional review and impose costly fines on those who perform illegal work. Also under consideration are changes that could clarify how much alteration to older homes and buildings is allowed and under what circumstances.

And Tuesday is Election Day. We’ve got information on candidates and local ballot measures in our Alameda Elections ’12 election center.

News in brief(er): Services were held Saturday for the late Makani Power founder Corwin Hardham, 38, who died of unknown causes at work on October 23 … Alameda golfer James Hahn has earned a PGA tour card … Joh. A. Benckhiser has completed its $1 billion takeover of Peet’s Coffee & Tea … Alameda celebrates earning the America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People award at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club … the Alameda Health Care District Board meets Wednesday, agenda and materials here.