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 two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

In a surprise award ceremony Friday at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Benjamin Jenkins was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States, for his service. In addition to seeing combat during World War II, Jenkins battled segregation as one of the first black Marines in American history.

The city, school district and Alameda Housing Authority have negotiated a complex deal that could see the district winning funding to refurbish Encinal High School’s pools and a 20-acre plot at Alameda Point in exchange for title to its former Island High School site on Eagle Avenue and ownership of a waterfront site the city would like to develop. Approvals for the proposed deal are expected to take place in March.

Homeowners could soon see a new fee added to their property tax bills, to pay for the disposal of old paint, motor oil and other hazardous wastes. The Alameda County Waste Management Authority, also known as StopWaste, is considering a $9.55 annual fee to maintain and expand efforts to properly collect and dispose of hazardous wastes that aren’t supposed to be dumped in landfills.

Parents of fifth graders all over the Island are preparing to send their children to middle school in the fall. To help families navigate their options, The Alamedan asked the leaders of all seven of Alameda’s public middle school options – a list that includes charter, magnet and traditional schools – to offer some basic information about their programs.

Alameda’s Board of Education discussed plans to create a STEAM program at Will C. Wood Middle School, a complex cash and land deal with the city and more at Tueday’s meeting. Here’s what happened, in tweets.

Alameda Municipal Power is planning to install light-emitting diode bulbs in each of the Island’s nearly 5,500 streetlights over the next few years. Here are some Vital Stats.

The Alamedan turned two on Friday. Here’s our thank-you to readers and contributors, plus office hours.

“Inside Out,” which opened at REDUX Studios & Gallery on February 14, features artwork from some of the more than 700 men on San Quentin’s death row. Arguably the vast majority of pieces would never be considered for exhibition except for the fact that their creators are condemned murderers and rapists, art writer Michael Singman-Aste says.

News in brief(er): A College of Alameda instructor is raising money for a Vietnamese village.