The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to another edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The state Senate is set to consider a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, that would allow non-citizens to serve as poll workers during elections, which its supporters say will increase voter access for non-English speakers. If passed by the Senate, Bonta's AB 817 would allow green card holders to work at the polls and provide language assistance services on Election Day.

Some 150 dignitaries, city staffers and civic affairs-watchers gathered Monday under drizzly skies and the jet at Alameda Point’s North Gate to commemorate the Navy’s handoff of 1,379 acres of the former Naval Air Station to the city. City leaders have waited for over a decade to get the deeds to the property, much of which they hope to make over as a new community with 1,400 homes, a vibrant waterfront and businesses that will replace 9,000 of the jobs that were lost when the federal government shuttered the base, in 1997.

Alameda’s Board of Education okayed a new budget Tuesday that reflects an increase in state funding for the first time in years – though not a complete restoration of funding to the levels the district would have seen if the economy hadn’t crashed. The budget approved by the board, on a 4-1 vote, will see the district pulling in $86 million in revenues – including $6 million more from the state than the district budgeted for this year – and spending close to $93 million for 2013-2014. More on Tuesday’s school board meeting here.

Alamedans expressed elation over a pair of Supreme Court rulings that boost gays’ right to marry and to receive the same federal benefits as their heterosexual counterparts, though some said there is still work to be done. Here’s what city leaders had to say.

Residents who attended an information session Thursday on a proposal for Alameda Hospital to become an affiliate of the county medical system wanted to know more about the financial health of the county system, whether they would continue to pay the parcel tax they’re charged each year to support the hospital – and whether the parking problems that already exist there will get worse. Thursday’s session was the first of four public meetings planned by hospital leaders to lay out the details of the proposal, which the boards governing Alameda Hospital and Alameda Health System, formerly known as Alameda County Medical Center, have agreed to pursue.

News in brief(er): An Alameda man killed in a June 21 car crash in Newark has been identified as 51-year-old David Norsworthy.