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The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Photo by James Astwood.

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

Firefighters quickly extinguished a vegetation fire that occurred on the 2100 block of Shore Line Drive on Saturday evening, Alameda Fire Capt. Jim Colburn said this weekend. A reader sent us these pictures.

Since I started the conversation about training for Bay to Breakers in last week's blog post, I want to focus on one piece of that training puzzle this week: tempo runs.

I just gave one of our cats her morning shot of insulin. Tiny syringe; tiny, tiny needle; and a small dose of insulin, delivered twice a day, approximately 12 hours apart. In her case, once at 10 a.m. and again at 10 p.m. Not an unbearable task. but one with layers upon layers of effects.

The first effect is that our sweet Bessie no longer drinks as though she's parched and is more active, more friendly and much more interactive than when the disease took over. The second effect is the one this regimen has on our lives.

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

Joi Lin Blake knows the potential that can be unlocked by obtaining an education. She has spent her professional life helping those who need a hand obtaining the academic knowledge and training needed for success. She’s the new president of the College of Alameda.

Today marks just over six weeks until one of my favorite races: Bay to Breakers, which is on May 17. Last year, I wrote a couple of blog posts about it, but was a bit too late to offer much advice for training for it. This year, I want to change that by starting now.

If you're a beginning runner, you still have time to get fit enough to complete this 12k (7.45 mile) race. You could start this Monday by working out three to four times per week, about 30 to 45 minutes each time.

On Facebook the other day, I saw a picture of my former sister-in-law that was taken recently. She is two years younger than me. She has always been beautiful and takes care of herself. I have not seen her in years.

When I looked at her picture, I thought that she looked exactly the same as she did 20 years ago. She did not appear to have aged at all. I wondered how my current appearance would compare to 20 years ago. I have not taken out any pictures to note whether there were changes or not.

I realize that comparing our looks as we get older is something that begins at a young age. Initially, it is done with the pleasure of seeing how we look older.

To get to an unusually early appointment Monday morning, I was up and out of the house by 7:30 a.m. Okay, you can cut out the derisive laughter now, those of you whose days are well under way by that time, and try to remember that some of us don't usually rise until a later hour and that we're not slackers but retirees and the like.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second week in review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Harbor Bay ferry riders who are struggling to find someplace to park may soon have new legal, on-street options. But some homeowners who live near the ferry terminal say they want better parking enforcement, not relaxed restrictions.

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