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, our weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

A state board has declared an impasse in negotiations between Alameda’s teachers’ union and school district leaders over pay. A state mediator will now be brought in to try to broker a deal between the union and schools administrators, and if that fails, a three-person factfinding body will examine each side’s case and make recommendations.

The conversion of Alameda Point is moving along and the city is doing its best to convince employers to move here, Mayor Marie Gilmore said Tuesday night. Gilmore’s assessment came during a State of the City address to the City Council and the audience at City Hall and those watching from home.

City leaders said Tuesday they could consider imposing rent controls after an emotional hearing about rent increases that drove an elderly couple and their disabled daughter from their home of 17 years. An attorney for the four-unit home’s new owner said the increases were needed to cover the cost of buying the building and fixing it up.

And schools leaders’ efforts to boost educational options for Alameda families have hit a space crunch that has set tempers simmering and exposed latent fears about the closure of one school and hurt feelings about what some feel is the persistent mistreatment of the West End. The concerns were aired at a school board workshop on Tuesday that was intended to bring boosters of a new middle school program on the Encinal High School campus into the conversation about moving the Alameda Community Learning Center from that space. Our video feed is here and here.

News in brief(er): Home prices are expected to rise this year … Alameda restaurant Dragon Rouge has turned seven … The city has launched its annual online budget challenge … Park Street’s trees will be getting a trim between February 25 and March 1 … and police have asked for the public’s help finding a 16-year-old Oakland boy who was seen in Alameda.