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 local news in review. Here’s what happened this week.

Officials with the California Department of Education said Alameda schools officials followed the law when they moved more than a dozen special education students from Will C. Wood Middle School to the new Junior Jets program on the Encinal High School campus this year. A Wood parent whose 14-year-old son was moved to the new program against his wishes charged that the school district failed to provide him the opportunity to participate in meetings to evaluate an appropriate placement for his son and to provide written notice in advance of the proposed move.

The traffic that development at Alameda Point will – or won’t – create was the central focus of Monday’s Planning Board hearing on a draft report detailing the potential environmental and other impacts of the proposed development scheme. The hearing was the first of two intended to offer the public the chance to weigh in on whether the environmental impact report adequately addresses the potential traffic, wildlife and other impacts of 1,425 homes and 5 million square feet of office space at Alameda Point.

Police on Tuesday were continuing to investigate a man who they said crashed his Dodge Ram truck into cars along Fernside Boulevard and Windsor Drive on Monday evening. The man's actions damaged 10 cars, including his own, but no one was injured.

Alameda could someday be home to its own BART station, the Island’s BART representative has said, which would be a boon for city leaders seeking ways to blunt the traffic impacts of development being considered at Alameda Point and elsewhere. But the director, Robert Raburn, said new stations won’t be built until fixes to the BART system’s existing core are addressed – and that the Island could face some stiff competition for one.

Alameda’s Board of Education discussed school bond plans, this year’s enrollment and more. Here’s your news in Tweet.

News in brief(er): A trio of Alameda students are semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships … two West End schools were locked down following a report of shots fired at a nearby intersection … the City Council is considering a $1.5 million loan to help the school district upgrade the Emma Hood Swim Center … and Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta is one of a pair of East Bay legislators urging passage of tougher gun control laws.