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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.

What are your hopes and dreams for Site A and Alameda Point? Our conversation is taking place here.

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City officials are recommending the City Council approve a permanent civilian staffer to create and execute plans to help Alameda bounce back quickly from a range of disasters – the third position the city is creating to better prepare it for disasters.

Updated at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, April 16 with corrections in BOLD

The East Bay Municipal Utility District's Camanche Reservoir is a third full. Photo from the district's website.

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The City Council will get its first look at proposed budgets for the next two years at a budget hearing on Thursday night.

This past weekend, my sweetie and I drove up to Chico. The trip entailed three hours of driving through mostly rural scenery. The Sacramento River Valley is flat and broad and hot and the road is lined with grove after grove of nut trees.

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting e-mail exchange with a friend regarding the redevelopment of Alameda Point.

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.

Spring has sprung on the Island, making this great time to get out and ride a bike or take a leisurely stroll down our lovely tree-lined streets and picturesque avenues. It’s no secret Alameda offers an incredible variety of architecture and beachfront vistas to enjoy, but next time you’re out and about, slow down a bit and take a closer look at the amazing art that is all around us.

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A new record has been achieved for Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program this year. In March, we made our 189th presentation for the 2014-15 school year. To put it in perspective, six years ago we did 39 adoptions, and we have now topped that by 160; $94,500 has been donated to classrooms thanks to generous members of our community.

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.