The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Donna Eyestone.

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

When Erik Lee opened Alameda Martial Arts in 1994, the first student to walk through the door was 7-year-old Sandra Carnero. Two decades later, Carnero is still at the school – as a teacher. Our profile is here.

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the 2010 murder of Eric Franklin, 35, including a man wanted in connection with a second killing in unincorporated San Leandro. Police also announced the arrest of a suspected burglar who they said was caught on tape taking items from an East End home in February.

The city has scored what officials hope is a final legal victory in a trio of bondholder lawsuits that followed the sale of Alameda Municipal Power’s telecommunications business in 2008. The suits, which accused the city of cheating the original architect of its cable and internet system of payments that were due and fudging disclosure documents to make the planned telecom enterprise appear more profitable than it was expected to be, could have cost the city a much as $25 million.

Alameda’s public schools could be educating about 1,000 more students a decade from now – many of them in West End and mid-Island schools. The forecast growth is detailed in a new demographic study commissioned to support the school district’s effort to draft a facilities plan to meet students’ needs now and in the future.

Our tweet by tweet coverage of the meeting is here.

When Alameda Health System assumes management of the financially troubled Alameda Hospital, the list of potential costs they’ll face includes as much as $37.45 million in seismic and other potential repairs, $5 million in loans and a possible $4.3 million hit for shifting workers’ pensions when they become employees of the countywide public health care system. The numbers were included in a due diligence review conducted as part of the two health care organizations’ planned affiliation deal, which offers the most detailed picture of the hospital’s financial woes to date.

Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian struck by a minivan Wednesday on Otis Drive. The victim, 64-year-old Carol Weston of Alameda, was crossing the 2200 block of Otis Drive toward the Alameda South Shore Center shopping complex shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday when she was struck by a vehicle heading east.

A dramatic jump in measles cases in California has prompted readers to ask what Alameda Unified’s vaccination requirements are and how many families are opting out. The numbers is small but growing, data analyzed by The Alamedan show.

Gary Francis Fine Art has begun the process of shaping its own identity among the half dozen galleries already established on the Island. The gallery, which features artists from all over the Bay Area, opened last October in the new Park Plaza.

News in brief(er): Concerns are being expressed about a sound wall to be built as part of an I-880 freeway improvement project … an Alameda company is part of the effort to find a mission Malaysia Airlines plane … and firefighters rescued a disabled boat near Robert W. Crown State Beach.