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 60-second headline review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

Alameda schools officials are crediting new, more progressive discipline policies for a drop in suspensions and expulsions. The district has implemented restorative justice programs at Alameda, Encinal and Island high schools that focus on repairing the damage a student has done, instead of just punishing students for doing something wrong.

The city will likely soon be seeking a firm to build a long-desired Shore Line Drive bikeway that staffers say will offer a safer route and bay views to cyclists traversing a 1.8-mile stretch of the Island. The City Council was scheduled on Tuesday to consider approving plans for the nearly $1 million project and authorizing a call for bids to build it.

Managers of Alameda’s Harbor Bay and Main Street ferry services and city officials are hosting a pair of public hearings this month to gauge riders’ interest in increasing service and to collect the community’s thoughts on ways to improve access to both terminals. The meetings are slated to take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 in the multipurpose room at Bay Farm Elementary, 200 Aughinbaugh Way, and from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the multipurpose room at Maya Lin School, 825 Taylor Avenue.

New assumptions about how long public workers will live, what they’ll earn and when they’ll retire are expected to mean bigger pension bills for the City of Alameda. The California Public Employee Retirement System, or CalPERS, board voted in mid-February to adopt the new assumptions and with them, cost increases for the nearly 3,100 public agencies that pay in to the pension system, the nation’s largest.

Amidst many relatively new shops and restaurants on and surrounding Park Street is one that truly stands out with its own tremendous bit of East Bay history, local business columnist Michael Lano writes. DeLauer's Super Newsstand (1412 Park Street) opened an historic second location last fall right here on Park Street.

City and schools leaders are set to consider a complex land and cash deal that will resolve a series of long-running disputes put resources into the hands of the agencies that can make the best use of them, staffers who drafted the agreements said. If approved, the proposed deal would see the school district relinquishing its claim on a six-acre public trust property behind a former Del Monte warehouse, 12 acres of property in the future commercial center of Alameda Point, its former Island High School site and $4.6 million in affordable housing funds in exchange for up to $1.9 million to fix the Encinal High School swim center and 20 acres of Alameda Point property in the heart of proposed residential development.

News in brief(er): The Encinal Jets football team will be saying goodbye to coach Joe Tenorio.