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 weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Alameda Police Department hosted a Police K9 Competition last weekend at Alameda Point. Officers and their pooch partners from dozens of departments competed in the event.

Managers at Alameda Hospital sought approval of a budget that shows the hospital losing more than $1 million over the last six months of 2013. The Alameda Health Care District Board was to consider approval of the budget, which anticipates $42 million in net revenues and $43 million in expenses, on Wednesday.

Artemis Racing has re-entered the America’s Cup. The Alameda "home town" team (from Sweden) set out for their first race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Tuesday and invited the public to see them off this week. Artemis lost its first two races this week, but will compete again on Friday and Saturday.

AC Transit's managers reached a contract deal with drivers and mechanics late Tuesday night, averting a strike that was set for Wednesday. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, gives the union's members a 9.5 percent raise over three years but will also see them make increasing contributions toward their health care premiums.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department plans to resurrect its fabled youth baseball league. The department is planning to field teams at a half-dozen parks in the summer of 2014 and is running a T-shirt contest on Facebook to generate interest in the league’s revival.

Target is hosting a job fair to hire 300 workers for its new store, set to open on October 13. The job fair continues Friday and Saturday at the College of Alameda.

Governor Jerry Brown has asked a court to put a threatened BART strike on hold for 60 days if BART workers and management are unable to reach a contract deal by Sunday. If the the unions and BART management don't reach an agreement, the San Francisco Superior Court will hold a hearing Sunday to determine whether to grant the cooling-off period, during which BART workers are prohibited from striking and management, from locking employees out.

News in brief(er): Police have arrested the alleged getaway driver in a July 18 market robbery that ended with one suspect dead … police are also looking for two men who they say robbed a Webster Street bank at gunpoint Saturday … Alameda Health System and Sutter Health executives have signed a new deal to transfer struggling San Leandro Hospital to the public health system Alameda Health System is also seeking an affiliation deal with Alameda Hospital. Alameda Health System announced it's set to lay off 40 workers.