Welcome to another edition of The Broad Brush, where we try to catch you up on the week’s news stories in two sentences or less. We gave up Friday’s blog space for a special installment of Street Smarts, so we’ve got a lot to catch you up on. Here’s the story:
Alameda’s teachers okayed a class size and contract deal that will keep class sizes in kindergarten through third grade at 25 students per teacher until a new, three-year contract is negotiated and start school on August 27. The deal, which teachers ratified on Thursday, averted a threatened strike.
Alameda Hospital will be starting its upcoming fiscal year without a new budget, as its governing board seeks a clearer picture of the struggling hospital’s finances for what are expected to be six more difficult months – and for the better months hospital managers believe lay beyond. The board will consider adopting a new budget in July.
Alameda’s City Council has a list of items to consider when it meets Tuesday, including a new, one-year contract with the Alameda Unified School district to share use and maintenance costs for the district’s two pools, four contracts for city workers, changes that would mandate prevailing wages be paid on the city’s public works jobs and new rules for testing of sewer laterals. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
Short takes: Alameda Municipal Power is warning customers about a telephone scam in which someone claiming to be calling from the utility about an overdue payment asks for credit or debit card information. They’re recommending that anyone who feels they may be a victim of the scam call their credit card company and local police … Alameda police say they’ve arrested a suspect in a June 10 shooting on the 2700 block of Orion Street. The suspect is an unnamed Berkeley man. Alameda South Shore Center management has announced they’ve signed up two tenants to take over the space that formerly housed Borders books. ULTA Beauty and Total Woman Gym & Day Spa will be taking over the space.