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, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The city’s planners are framing a vision for Alameda Point that includes a Main Street neighborhood lined with homes and shops, a research and development hub, transit, parks and a waterfront promenade flanked by restaurants and a marina. Planners offered a draft form of their vision for the Point, where they hope to see 1,400 new homes and 10,000 workers over the next several decades, at a special Planning Board meeting on Wednesday; a revised version is due next month.

The need for a multi-year budget plan to prepare for higher pension and other employee costs was discussed at the special meeting of the City Council on Tuesday night. Adoption of the final, two-year budget, which includes expenditures of $163 million next year, will take place next month.

School board trustees agreed Tuesday they need to put a bond before voters to help pay for millions of dollars in fixes Alameda’s schools need – they just need to figure out what they want to ask voters to pay for, and when. Board members began the process of grappling with whether to focus a future bond request on fixes for Alameda’s high schools or to ask for money to help pay for upgrades for more of the district’s schools, and also, when a bond request should be put before voters. Our full, Tweet by Tweet coverage of the school board meeting is here.

College of Alameda President Dr. Jannett N. Jackson has been offered the post of chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Her departure will leave the college without a single top-level manager.

News in brief(er): The state Assembly approved a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta that requires schools to instruct pupils on the contributions Filipino-Americans made to the farm labor movement … an Alameda family is mourning the loss of 12-year-old Jumai Caldwell, the Wood Middle School student who drowned in an Antioch canal this week … Alameda will have a new, interim police chief starting Saturday … and the family of Memorial Day 2011 drowning victim Raymond Zack are appealing the loss of their lawsuit against the city.