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 two-sentence news review. Here's what happened this week.

Alameda’s Planning Board will weigh in Monday on a proposal to place a 24-hour Safeway gas station and convenience mart, a Chase Bank branch and an In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant at the mouth of the Webster Tube. The proposal is part of the Alameda Landing development on the Navy’s 77-acre former Fleet Industrial Supply Center Annex.

California’s new $96.3 billion state budget may offer Alameda some glimmers of good news, with increased funding for schools, social services and community colleges for the first time in years. Perhaps the biggest story involves the budget’s impact on public schools, which will see major changes in the way state school funding is being allocated – and if all goes according to plan, the eventual restoration and return of billions of dollars in payments that were cut or deferred over the past five years.

Alameda Hospital’s board unanimously signed off on a proposal Monday to explore a deal that would see Alameda County’s medical system taking over management and operation of the financially ailing hospital, a deal board members said they’re optimistic about despite the circumstances that produced it. The deal could be closed by the end of this year. More on the proposed deal here.

A memorial service for Alameda's "ambassador to golf," Robert "Bob" Blomberg, has been scheduled for July 27. Here's a tribute to Blomberg's life and career.

News in brief(er): Remains discovered by a worker repaving a Mound Street walkway have been determined to be Native American ... Alameda High grad Emily Childs has qualified for the U.S. Open ... and the city has installed some new benches on Park Street.