The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Dave Boitano.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point. Though the foundation that runs the ship has a museum that holds these events each month, Saturday’s gathering honored the 70th birthday of the ship’s commissioning and its 15th year as a floating museum.

Here in Alameda, Mayor Marie Gilmore, 52, has spent two decades in public life – a stay she hopes to extend into a second mayoral term; voters will decide whether to extend her history-making reign as the city’s first black mayor in November 2014. Our profile of Gilmore is here.

The Pacific Pinball Museum is planning to lease and restore the city's long-vacant Carnegie Library, its leaders announced Monday, a move that will keep the museum on-Island. The 11-year-old museum's leaders and the city have signed a letter of intent detailing plans for the museum to lease the 111-year-old library building, at the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street, for 30 years.

A trio of top city staffers earned a little more job security Tuesday as City Manager John Russo erased the "interim" label from their titles. Russo appointed Interim Police Chief Paul Rolleri, Interim Community Development Director Debbie Potter and Interim Public Works Director Robert G. Haun permanently to those positions Tuesday and moved a fourth person, Assistant City Attorney Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra, into a new role as administrative services director.

Alameda’s school board got a rundown Tuesday on what one trustee called the “brave new world” of school funding that school districts across California are entering as the state begins its rollout of a new school funding formula this year. The new funding formula could mean more money for Alameda’s schools over the eight years it is rolled out, though it may also mean greater oversight of the way school districts spend the state money that makes up the bulk of most districts’ funding.

The City Council on Tuesday tackled the impacts of anticipated sea level rise at Alameda Point – and specifically, the task of figuring out how much protection to erect, and when. The protection efforts are part of a $575 million roads and utilities plan slated to come back to the council for its approval in February 2014.

The City of Oakland obtained a record $15.1 million court judgment against a pair of immigration services firms co-owned by an Alameda couple. The firms were co-owned by Musa Bala Baldé and Irene Penaloza “Aiesha” Baldé, co-founders of the Islamic Center of Alameda.

Alameda Hospital’s governing board approved a deal Thursday that will see a countywide health care provider assume operations of the financially ailing hospital, a move hospital managers have said will keep the its highly desired emergency room open and provide the cash needed to perform near-term seismic upgrades the special district set up to operate it can’t afford.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 marked the end of an age of American innocence, Jim Pruitt writes. His memories of Kennedy’s killing and thoughts on its causes and impacts were posted Friday.

News in brief(er): BART’s board approved contracts for most of the rail line’s workers, sans a paid family leave provision they said was included on accident … the Alameda Unified School District has hired a new chief business officer … former Oakland Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard, of Alameda, died and killed another driver in a high-speed crash on the I-880 freeway … and Trabocco opened at Alameda South Shore Center this week.