For a summer week, this past one brought a lot of news. Here’s what happened:
This week opened with the announcement that Peet’s Coffee & Tea is being acquired in a nearly $1 billion deal. The company announced that Joh. A. Benckhiser, a German investment group that is taking the company private, will keep its Emeryville HQ and Alameda roasting facility in place.
Then on Tuesday, the City Council edged closer to approving a deal that would allow a private firm to lease and operate the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The council agreed to introduce the ordinance that would allow Greenway Golf to lease and operate the golf complex for the next two decades after a two-hour debate; final approval is expected to come Tuesday.
On Wednesday the board that oversees Alameda Hospital approved a budget whose success is premised on the strength of new programs hospital managers hope will boost the financially troubled hospital’s revenues into the black. The budget approval came three and a half weeks late due to board members’ questions about how the hospital will weather several more months of anticipated losses.
And tonight the school board is slated to consider a six-year, $552,000-a-year deal for new district offices in Marina Village. District officials have said the current district offices at Alameda High School wouldn't be safe in an earthquake, though some board members have questioned the move. The public portion of the meeting is at 6 p.m. today, and we'll be back to you on Monday with a report on what happened.
On another note, we checked in with Police Chief Mike Noonan earlier this week in regards to the movie theater killings in Colorado last week. He said police had been in touch with managers at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and that police gave the theater more attention in the wake of the shootings. "The only advice I can give people is that I hope this tragedy does not prevent folks from going about their daily routine. But, if people see or hear something that just does not seem right, they should call us for help," Noonan said.
News in brief(er): Speaking of the hospital, its spokesperson announced last week that the hospital has opened its new Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care in Marina Village … the state has certified the housing element of Alameda’s general plan, which demonstrates Alameda’s ability to provide the housing the state thinks residents and workers here will need. The plan allows multifamily housing development on 10 sites in Alameda, most along its northern waterfront … in political news, vice mayor and state Assembly candidate Rob Bonta has secured endorsements from the state’s Democratic Party; Sandré Swanson, whose seat he’s in the running for; and the California Nurses Association, which had previously endorsed Bonta’s opponent for the seat, Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen … and longtime Webster Street barber Dick Denton was honored Thursday on his retirement. Denton closed his shop after cutting hair on Webster Street for more than a half century.