The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Some 650 East End elementary students watched the U.S. Coast Guard conduct a training exercise this week. Photo by Jack Boeger.

Welcome to The Broad Brush, our weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s voters had their say on several local offices and ballot initiatives this week. Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog are leading the council race with Stewart Chen in third place, while Trish Herrera Spencer, Barbara Kahn and Nielsen Tam are in for school board and J. Michael McCormick and Jordan Battani will keep their Alameda Health Care District Board seats. Local voters handily approved Measure D, which would require the city to conduct a public vote before selling or trading park land. Alameda County elections officials announced Wednesday that they had 140,000 more provisional and walk-in absentee ballots to count, a process that could take until November 21 or longer to complete.

Employees at Alameda’s Nob Hill Foods walked off the job Sunday over a disputed proposal to pull them out of their current health care plan. A Nob Hill spokesman said the contract the company imposed doesn’t address health care, though union officials say they don’t believe it’s off the table. The union held a rally in front of the store on Wednesday, Alameda Patch reported.

Alameda Hospital is seeing a tiny glimmer of financial hope as some of the new programs implemented by management are turning more of a profit than anticipated. Even so, the hospital continues to suffer monthly financial losses and is seeing its bills grow and assets dwindle.

News in brief(er): Alameda's America's Cup team, Artemis Racing, launched its AC72 boat this week ... The city’s seat on the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District is open. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office or by clicking the link … the Little Ice Rink opens at Alameda South Shore Shopping Center on November 16 … the West Alameda Business Association is looking for a part-time manager, its fourth in less than two years ... and Steven Tavares, founder of the East Bay Citizen political blog, has announced he’s calling it quits. Tavares, whose range included much of Alameda County, broke a sex scandal that effectively ended former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer’s political career and allegations of an affair between Hayward Unified School District board members Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia, after which both decided not to run for re-election.