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, our two-sentence news review. Here’s your news for this week:

A coalition of families, school districts and nonprofit groups that includes Alameda Unified and several Alameda students has appealed a local court’s dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit aimed at overhauling the state’s school funding system. Plaintiffs in the case, Robles-Wong vs. State of California, are telling a state appellate court they think California’s public school students have a constitutional right to a quality education and that the state is violating that right by failing to provide a rational, coherent funding system to support it.

VF Outdoor, which owns The North Face, JanSport and a host of other brands, moved into its new Harbor Bay Business Park HQ this week. We’ll have a full story on the company’s new, green digs on Monday.

News in brief(er): Alameda Patch reported earlier this week that a 15-year-old boy who police said crashed a car into a tree on Island Drive a week ago was still in critical condition. As of July 9, several of the five other teenage passengers in the car had been released from the hospital … the filing period for local seats up for grabs in the November 6 election opens on Monday, July 16. Nomination papers may be submitted to the City Clerk’s office for two open City Council seats and the City Auditor and City Treasurer jobs through August 9, or August 15 if incumbents fail to file … The Alameda Police Department has set up a bin at its Oak Street headquarters where Alameda residents can drop off unused or expired medications. They ask that unused pills and capsules be placed in a sealable plastic bag and that liquids remain in their original, leak-proof containers with their labels removed or marked out.