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 news in review. Here are your headlines for this week.

The school district and commercial property owners who a court decided were unfairly taxed under a 2008 school parcel levy are working to negotiate a settlement in the property owners’ five-and-a-half year old case. Attorneys for both the school district and the property owners are set to meet in the spring and could wrap up in April, court filings show.

How many Alameda students are learning English as a second language, and how are they doing? Here's a breakdown.

A group of locals who want Crab Cove to expand on federal property where houses are proposed to be built has submitted language for a proposed ballot measure to the City Clerk. The group, Friends of Crown Beach, is hoping to gather the 6,000 signatures it needs to put the measure on the November ballot.

Thoughts of a drought may have been put on hold during this weekend's rainstorms. But now that the clouds have cleared, authorities are again urging Californians to conserve water.

City Councilman Stewart Chen’s official biography offers the storybook journey of a man who immigrated from the Philippines as a teen and made his way onto the Alameda City Council after years of public service. But Chen’s official story omits a potentially embarrassing episode: A highly-publicized 1993 arrest on charges Chen, 51, was involved in a fraud ring that, investigators believed, may have bilked insurance companies of as much as $1 million.

Chen responded to our story in this op-ed piece. And we talked about how we’ll cover the coming election in light of the story.

Alameda schools are getting more of the technology families whose children attend them have been clamoring for. But supporting and maintaining new computers and equipment are proving to be challenges the district may need to hire more staff and broaden bandwidth to address. Our tweet by tweet coverage of Tuesday’s meeting is here.

A USS Hornet staffer says visitors have experienced unexplained noises and sensations in various part of the ship and have seen strange shadows or lights while on board. Visitors can see for themselves at the Second Annual Grey Ghost Paranormal Conference, hosted by the Hornet and Alameda Paranormal Researchers. The event takes place on Saturday, February 22.

News in brief(er): More than a dozen students were sickened due to a gas leak in an Encinal High School science lab.