The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Here’s another edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly news in review. Here’s what happened this week.

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has ordered a 60-day cooling off period for BART unions and management, putting off a threatened strike and keeping trains running. Governor Jerry Brown sought the injunction putting off a threatened strike Friday.

Alameda’s public school students scored better on standardized math and English tests this year than they did in 2012, even as statewide test scores slid for the first time in over a decade. The results came as the state prepares to phase out its existing tests and curriculum and roll out Common Core Standards.

Plans to build a new In-N-Out Burger at the foot of the Webster Tube have sparked concerns that the hamburger restaurant will attract crime, with hundreds of residents voicing their opposition to the planned restaurant over crime, traffic and other concerns. But Alameda’s top cop says he doesn’t think the In-N-Out will be a magnet for crime, and police in East Bay cities that have the restaurants said they have not been a bigger problem than other businesses.

Meanwhile, the development of Alameda Landing has also sparked hopes for a retail renaissance here in the Island. Retail experts and city staffers who have been working to bring stores to town said drawing them requires a carefully crafted admixture of demographics, relationships, timing, space – along with a little luck.

School board members may be shifting direction on plans for a new schools bond, with some saying at Tuesday’s board meeting that they think a bond should fund projects benefiting all of Alameda’s schools. In June, board members said they wanted to move forward with a bond that would pay to renovate Historic Alameda High School so that it can once again become an active school campus, along with money to renovate Kofman Auditorium and the district’s two high school pools and also, make unspecified upgrades at Encinal High.

Artemis Racing ended its campaign for the America's Cup last Saturday with their fourth loss to Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge. The team began racing last week after a member died when their first yacht capsized during a training run, in mid-May.

Alameda’s financially ailing hospital is preparing to take another hit to its finances, in the form of a retroactive $450,000 payment for Medi-Cal cuts imposed in 2011 as a state budget-balancing move. The cuts are slated to go into effect in January 2014.

News in brief(er): The alleged accomplice of a man shot dead by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy during a July 18 convenience store robbery has been charged with murder … Fifteen teen girls have graduated from Girls Inc. of the Island City’s science, technology, engineering and math program.