Welcome to our weekly edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence news review. A lot happened this week, so let’s get started.
Management at Raley’s and the union representing workers at the store’s Northern California stores reached a tentative contract accord Tuesday, ending a nine-day strike. Workers went on strike on November 4 over management’s decision to impose a contract that would have pulled workers out of their existing health care plan and eliminated coverage for Medicare-eligible retirees; details of the tentative deal won’t be available until after workers vote on it.
School board members won’t be signing off on a proposal to purchase an office building leased to house 85 district office employees – at least not at the end of this year, as district staff was set to recommend. Four members of the current board and a fifth who will join the board on December 11 said Tuesday they think they need to engage the community more about the decision and about the district’s facilities needs as a whole before deciding to move forward with a plan to buy the building.
Alameda South Shore Center anchor Kohl’s secured the Planning Board’s approval for extended hours on Tuesday. The department store chain’s managers wanted permission to open their Alameda store on midnight on “Black Friday” – the traditional post-Thanksgiving start to the holiday shopping season – and 5 a.m. the day after Christmas, and they’d like to extend their hours to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the entire year.
The East Bay Regional Park District has sued the city for zoning property the park district wanted for a Crab Cove expansion to allow housing. The park district’s attorneys said the city failed to provide proper notification and to conduct an assessment of the potential impacts of the zoning change, while city officials denounced the suit as a “complete misuse of the legal system” and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
News in brief(er): A group of volunteers will commemorate the Great American Smoke-Out on Saturday by offering Park Street shoppers information on the city’s secondhand smoke ordinance and how to quit smoking, and by offering merchants vinyl no-smoking window stickers … a group of local Rotarians is headed to Tucson, Ariz. this weekend to join the Ride to End Polio. Anyone interested in supporting their efforts can send a check, made out to the Rotary Foundation to Alameda Rotary Club 1151 Harbor Bay Parkway, Suite 204, Alameda, CA 94501 … and the Alameda Food Bank is looking for turkeys and fixings to hand out during the holidays; more information is on the food bank’s website.