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The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Fixing Encinal High School’s pools could cost more than $2.1 million, a newly released estimate shows – a bill that’s four times what city staffers thought needed fixes would cost and a few hundred thousand dollars less than building new pools from scratch.

Alameda's four charter schools educate nearly 1,400 students. The Alamedan put together a graphic showing the demographic 411 on the Alameda Community Learning Center, Academy of Alameda, Bay Area School of Enterprise and Nea Community Learning Center.

Five years ago, city leaders adopted a plan aimed at reducing Alameda’s carbon footprint, and community members formed a group, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda, to help promote the plan’s emission reduction goals and gain the public’s help in reaching them. Here’s a list of milestones in the city’s effort to be more green.

In an age of increasing violence, one East Bay legislator is sponsoring a bill that would help students affected by trauma. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, has authored AB 174, which would expand mental health services for youths who have experienced depression, post traumatic stress disorder and other problems as a result of shootings and gang violence.

If you’ve got an ass, there are rules in Alameda’s municipal code that govern its life on the Island. But the city’s code is silent on sheep, goats and the beehives that are becoming an increasingly popular fixture in local backyards. But city officials, with the help of local backyard farmers, are working to change that. They’ve put together some proposed revisions to the city’s decades-old animal rules, and they sought the public’s input on them at a community meeting scheduled for Thursday.

News in in brief(er): Alameda Unified’s black and Latino students are suspended at a higher rate than white and Asian students, new data show ... the Planning Board rejected a proposal to allow a developer to bring a brewery and restaurant to Park Street … and a South San Francisco man who abducted his children and spirited them away on a boat stolen from an Alameda harbor is facing jail time.