The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

Students at Bay Farm School recently responded to First Lady Michelle Obama's #GimmeFive dance challenge by learning this dance, featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The challenge is part of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to boost Americans' physical fitness.

Local author Eric Johnson just released his debut novel, Summer School Zombocalypse. Johnson offered up this Q&A to introduce readers to his work.

The City Council approved a contract to purchase body cameras for Alameda police and access to a system that will store all the video they record. Police Chief Paul J. Rolleri asked the council Tuesday to spend $424,752.61 for 80 AXON Flex cameras made by Taser International and for use of the company’s secure servers for storage and management.

The Alameda Unified School District and its teachers have reached a tentative, one-year contract accord, the first time in a decade they have done so prior to the expiration of their existing contract. The new contract, which must still be approved by teachers and the Board of Education, gives teachers a 4 percent pay raise next year and allots money to boost teachers' hourly rate, increase stipends for speech and language pathologists and help pay teachers' dental insurance costs.

City leaders on Tuesday unanimously okayed a $188 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and a $174.4 million budget for 2016-17. In a letter to the council, Interim City Manager Elizabeth D. Warmerdam said this year’s budget is the first in three years that didn’t include departmental cuts.

Our full, tweet by tweet coverage of Tuesday’s council meeting is here.

Business owners who are frustrated about Alameda Point’s bursting water mains, potholed roads, overflowing sewers and spotty phone and electric service are urging the City Council to approve a 68-acre waterfront development proposal there known as Site A, which they believe will start to fix the problems with an investment of more than $100 million in new infrastructure. The council is expected to vote on whether to move forward with development of Site A on June 16.

Few things keep skateboarders off Alameda's streets, but briefly last November, the streets were quiet as the city's skate tribe gathered at St. Joseph's Church to mourn the tragic death of 17-year-old Clay Harding. On Saturday the clan is gathering again in his memory, but this time loud and proud at the skate park where Clay was a high-flying regular.

A half dozen burger joints have opened in Alameda just in the past five years, and more are on the way. Who’s got the best burger?

News in brief(er): Former Alameda Mayor William McCall has died, at 101 … an 89-year-old man who long claimed to be one of the most decorated veterans of World War II has admitted he lied … and an Encinal High School teacher is being investigated for allegedly giving students an extra credit assignment to take selfies with their parents’ sex toys.