Death Café

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

The head of Alameda’s electric company is moving on to a new job after half a dozen years at the helm. Alameda Municipal Power General Manager Girish Balchandran, who has been widely praised for extracting the utility from its failed telecom venture and for initiating efforts to pull the utility into a higher-tech future, will head Riverside Public Utilities, a much larger municipal utility.

Christine Kovach and Susan Barber have faced death for decades, Kovach as a hospice social worker and now, therapist, and Barber as a hospice volunteer coordinator who spent a decade working with people who were dying or suffering from life-threatening illnesses. When they heard about death cafés, they wanted to start one.