The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Crews clean up the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Photo by Jeff Heyman.

Veteran seaman Fred Joyce said he goes to the Oakland Yacht Club to share sailing and racing stories with friends like Jim Jessie, a club member for more than 50 years, and Christa Schreiber. All three agreed there’s something special about the Oakland Yacht Club, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Leaders at BART's two biggest unions and its top manager announced tentative contract accords Monday night as the fourth day of workers' most recent strike drew to a close. BART announced that some trains would be running by 4 a.m. Tuesday, and that full service could be available by Tuesday afternoon.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge has elected to bar AC Transit workers from striking for the next 60 days. Representatives for both AC Transit and its main workers union have said they would go back to the bargaining table if Judge Evelio Grillo decided to prohibit workers from striking until December 22.

Meanwhile, Monday’s fact-finding hearing on a threatened AC Transit strike offered a stark contrast between the East Bay bus system’s labor dispute and the one that has raged between BART workers and the regional rail line’s managers.

Alameda Unified rolled out new school menus this year that feature a broader range of meal choices, created using more fruit, vegetables and whole grains. District leaders are billing the changes as a first salvo in a multi-year effort to provide students better food – and to make changes that will encourage them to eat it. Our tweet-by-tweet from the Board of Education meeting is here.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta closed his first session in the statehouse with new laws that benefit public unions facing contract impasses, allow green card holders to work the polls and ensure Californians do more to learn about and honor Filipino Americans. But other efforts, including a bill to require the state’s prisons to provide condoms to inmates, were dealt a gubernatorial veto.

News in brief(er): Bank of Marin saw earnings rise as the bank prepared to complete its acquisition of the Bank of Alameda … an Alameda man accused of murdering a Berkeley man last year is still not considered fit to stand trial … and an Alameda man was arrested in connection with a Walnut Creek mail theft case.