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 your headlines for this week.

Alamedans polluted less in 2010 than they did five years earlier, the results of a new study show. But some are questioning whether the numbers will hold as the nation emerges from a recession that likely reduced the car trips that are responsible for much of the pollution, and they say that much more needs to be done.

Alameda police are trying to find the person whose threatening phone call to Alameda High School office staff led to a nearly two-hour lockdown of the campus Monday afternoon.

Alameda’s schools could be seeing a rosier financial picture as the state’s finances stabilize and changes to the way schools are funded are considered. New budget projections approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday show the district continuing to eat into its reserves to cover its budget over the next few years, though Chief Business Officer Robert Shemwell said he thinks the numbers will look better by the time the school board considers a new budget in June.

Alameda schools leaders are preparing to offer a transitional kindergarten program to young 5-year-olds next year, though many details are still being worked out. So far, the district has applications for 49 students, and administrators expect to enroll 75 children in transitional kindergarten next year.

Members of Alameda's City Council and representatives of two Bay Area housing nonprofits took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for Jack Capon Villa, a planned 19-unit complex for developmentally disabled adults. The complex, which is being built near the Park Street business district, is slated to be completed by the end of this year.

News in brief(er): A garage fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a home on Bayview Drive on Thursday … and police are looking for a gunman who shot someone at the AMF Southshore Lanes bowling alley.