Island High School

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

Schools officials are seeking to expand Alameda Unified’s footprint by reclaiming a pair of properties adjacent to the Alameda Naval Air Station.

District officials are seeking school board approval to ask the federal government to let them reclaim a pair of Singleton Avenue properties where they hope to once again house the district’s Woodstock Child Development Center preschool program and Island High School, the district’s continuation school.

The property could also be used as a central location housing Alameda Unified’s special education staffers, who are currently scattered across the Island.

Darrell A. Doan will be tasked with marketing the city to prospective businesses and promoting existing businesses, as well as smoothing the way for businesses as they wend their way through city approval processes.

The 0.83-acre site that occupies the corner of Eagle Avenue and Everett Street started its developed life as a farm plot tended by a squatter, in the 1800s. And if Melanie Wartenberg and hundreds of her other Alameda neighbors had their way, the site would become an urban farm once again, home to a learning garden, chickens and bees.

Instead the site in the heart of Alameda’s Wedge neighborhood sits vacant, an abandoned shell of a former continuation high school that has been used by the school district and others as a dumping ground and by vagrants seeking refuge in the aging portable classroom buildings that cover much of the cracked, faded asphalt.