The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to another edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what’s happening:

Alameda’s City Council voted Tuesday to release a confidential memo laying out staffers’ case for new rules allowing apartments and other multifamily housing despite voter-approved restrictions put in place by Measure A. The memo lays out potential legal challenges the city could face – including a lawsuit housing advocates had already threatened to file – if its leaders failed to gain state approval of a new housing element to its general plan.

Attorneys representing the city are asking an Alameda County judge to throw out a wrongful death suit filed by the siblings of Raymond Zack, who drowned in San Francisco Bay on May 30, 2011 as Alameda police and firefighters and dozens of beachgoers watched. In a July 18 court filing, the city’s attorneys say local police and firefighters didn’t have a legal responsibility to prevent Zack’s apparent suicide attempt.

Alameda’s Board of Education on Friday approved a controversial lease deal for new district office space on a 3-2 vote, the latest in a string of efforts to address seismic safety concerns that have loomed at Historic Alameda High School for decades. The district will pay $552,000 a year for six years to lease a 26,720-square-foot space at 2060 Challenger Drive from Legacy Partners I Alameda LLC with an option to purchase the Marina Village space for between $5.1 million and $5.5 million by September 30, 2013.

NorCal Community Bancorp, the parent company of the Bank of Alameda, announced this week that it suffered a $2.1 million loss for the quarter that ended on June 30. Bank officials attributed the loss to a single loan the bank wrote down to the tune of $2.575 million. Meanwhile, the bank’s assets were up $10.8 million, or 4.36 percent, from the same period last year.

Election update: So far 10 people have pulled nomination papers to run for a City Council seat, though none has filed to run. The list of potential candidates includes Health Care District Board Member Stewart Chen; former council members Tony Daysog and Karin Lucas; current Councilwoman Beverly Johnson; Planning Board member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft; Golf Commission President Jane Sullwold; former League of Women Voters president Jeff Cambra; Joana Darc Weber; and Gerard Valbuena Dumuk.

Board of Education Trustees Trish Spencer and Nielsen Tam have filed papers to run to keep their seats, as has Dennis Spencer. Incumbent Ron Mooney has pulled but not filed his papers. Others who have pulled papers for the school board race include Jon G. Murphy and Michael J. Robles-Wong.

Health Care District Board incumbent J. Michael McCormick has filed papers to run for his seat again, while incumbent Jordan Battani pulled hers. Former school board trustee Tracy Jensen has also pulled papers for a potential run.

Leland Blandon Traiman has pulled papers for a possible run at seats on all three bodies, city and county records show. Meanwhile Kevin Kennedy and Kevin Kearney have filed papers to run for the city treasurer and auditor posts each now holds.

Papers for the council, treasurer and auditor races and due Thursday, August 9 while those for the school and hospital board races are due August 10. If incumbents fail to file in either race, the deadlines will be extended.

News in brief(er): In other business news, Peet’s Coffee & Tea just released their Q2 earnings for 2012. The coffee company, which is being acquired by private investors, saw its net revenues five percent over the same period last year but saw its diluted per-share earnings drop from 38 cents per share in 2011 to 30 cents per share in this quarter of 2012 … Services are being held today in Oakland for Nika St. Claire, who ran Alameda Family Services’ DreamCatcher shelter for teens. Ms. St. Claire and her daughter were killed in an auto accident.