The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

It’s a big week o’ budgets here on the Island, with a hat trick of budget approvals at City Hall, the former Bureau of Electricity and for Alameda’s schools this week.

On Monday, the Public Utilities Board will consider a $57.2 million budget for Alameda Municipal Power that will rely on $4.3 million in reserves to cover costs for 2013. The utility's expenses grew on increased power and transmission costs, along with an unplanned $1 million advance payment to help the city balance its budget. The approvals will include consideration of a $3.4 million capital budget. If the board opts not to okay the budget Monday, they will consider an alternative resolution that offers $10 million toward operating costs before a budget is okayed.

Alameda’s City Council is slated to consider an operating and capital budget for 2012-2013 that includes a $72 million general fund budget for services; the council will consider trimming positions and shuttering Alameda’s jail to help make up an anticipated $5.1 million shortfall. The council’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Meanwhile, the Board of Education will consider an $86 million budget for Alameda’s schools; district officials anticipate drawing $7.7 million from the district’s reserves to compensate for state funding that is expected to be $17.4 million less than district officials say it should be. The board will also consider approving a contract to perform seismic safety work at Alameda High School; the cost of the work is budgeted at $887,000, with an additional cost of $266,000 to administer the contract. And the board will consider a $10,000 performance bonus for Superintendent Kirsten Vital. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alameda High School cafeteria.

Catching up on last week’s news: The board of ed is also slated to consider approving a class size and calendar deal with its teachers at its upcoming meeting; last week the district released the factfinding report that informed negotiations toward the deal. Over at City Hall, the council signed off on a quartet of new employee contracts that will see hundreds of city workers paying more for their pensions and fresh negotiations over a smaller second tier of benefits for new workers that will commence in 2013. This past weekend was the annual Alameda Point site tour; here’s our story.