The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to The Broad Brush, our weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions. The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, eliminates the requirement that full-time workers from the two hospitals become eligible for a county pension when the deals close and they become employees of Alameda Health System.

The school board on Tuesday received information about what goes into a facilities master plan, along with a timeline for developing such a plan and how that might fit into an effort to put a schools bond on the November 2014 ballot. Our explainer piece detailing what a facilities master plan contains and how it’s created is here.

Members of the City Council agreed Tuesday to give the school district a $1.15 million loan to rehabilitate the Encinal Swim Center. But if schools leaders don’t agree to the terms of the loan in the next 30 days, the city could terminate its joint use of the district’s pools and consider building one of its own – a plan that had some wondering whether the district’s pools will remain open.

A high-end senior community on Alameda’s waterfront is seeking permission to expand onto the site of a former Chevy’s restaurant. Oakmont Senior Living wants to build a 52-unit assisted living and memory care facility on the site of the former Chevy’s on Mariner Square Drive, next to its existing Cardinal Point independent living facility.

A spate of fix-it projects at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center has led some to wonder if the struggling center is on the brink of a turnaround. But tenants there say the center’s owners still have much to do.

News in brief(er): An Oakland ex-con was convicted for the 2012 slaying of an Alameda woman, Shanika Latham, 20 … a federal court nixed an appeal of a favorable decision the city received in a lawsuit over telecom bonds … an Alameda-based bakery launched a recall of some of its biscotti … and Alameda County supervisor and Island resident Wilma Chan has given $6,000 toward the Alameda Education Foundation’s Equipped 4 Success program.