February 2012

Carolyn Cover-Griffith leafs through a pile of old paycheck stubs to offer a sense of how her health care costs have increased over the past few years. In 2009, she was paying $790 a month for healthcare coverage for her family. This year, her payment for her family’s Blue Shield plan is nearly $1,200 a month.

Alameda school district leaders are preparing to request a fresh round of magnet and innovative school proposals – in the spring of 2013.

About a month ago I ran into a friend while covering a school board meeting. When I told her I was getting ready to launch a new local news website, she laughed.

“Didn’t you learn anything from the last time?” she asked.

October 5, 2011 was to be a watershed moment in the city’s long struggle to revitalize the defunct Naval Air Station Alameda. That night city leaders signed a new deal with the Navy that would put most of the former base into the city’s hands by the end of 2012, free of the $108.5 million price tag the Navy had demanded in prior years.

Should the city support a half-cent sales tax increase for public safety buildings and equipment while it makes cuts in libraries, recreation and other departments?

That’s the question the Alameda City Council must answer before March 7.

Mike Robles-Wong’s eldest daughter, Maya, has been a competitive rower since her days at Lincoln Middle School. While a student at Alameda High, she trained five or more days per week for most of the year.

A proposal to swap the Mif Albright golf course to developer Ron Cowan for cash and land he owns on North Loop Road would need to earn four votes from the City Council to pass, according to a legal opinion released by the council Tuesday night. But a second of the council’s five members is now saying it’s “not likely” she will vote for the swap plan.

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