The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

In the Better Late Than Never department, we’ve got a special weekend edition of The Broad Brush. If this is your first time here, consider this our attempt to give you the week’s news stories in two sentences or less. Here’s the scoop:

With the July 1 start of the new fiscal year drawing near, this past week saw the approval of a trio of budgets for the city, Alameda’s schools and our local power company. On Monday the Public Utilities Board okayed Alameda Municipal Power’s $57 million budget for 2012-2013, which will rely on more than $4 million in reserves to cover rising power costs and an unplanned $1 million advance payment to help the city balance its budget.

On Tuesday the City Council signed off on a $160 million budget, though council members acknowledged they’ve still got hard work ahead addressing anticipated future-year budgets. City staffers closed a $5.1 million budget gap by cutting positions, closing the city’s jail and raising additional revenues. Also on Tuesday, Alameda’s Board of Education approved an $87 million budget for the upcoming school year. The district’s budget shows spending at $7.7 million over income which would be covered by reserves, though Superintendent Kirsten Vital warned that the district’s numbers could change based on what happens with the state’s budget and a pair of upcoming ballot measures that would raise taxes for schools.

News notes: The Planning Board has granted Artemis Racing permission to plant floating docks and a crane capable of stretching 160 feet near its new Alameda Point home … Alameda Boys & Girls Club helmer George Phillips has announced he’s retiring from the club after 14 years in the top slot. We’ll have a full story on Phillips’ accomplishments and his departure on Monday …. Alameda’s Pappo restaurant is closing from July 4-July 10 with plans to reopen as the Island’s newest wine bar. In an e-mail to fans, restaurateur John Thiel said he’s got plans to make Pappo Alameda’s first certified green restaurant … and speaking of Alameda Municipal Power, they’re celebrating their 125th this year.