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Michele Ellson

Students at Nea Community Learning Center walked off campus Tuesday to protest a decision to place their principal on leave.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

A local book publisher has been acquired by a bigger East Coast house. Turner Publishing Company of Nashville, Tennessee, has bought the assets of Park Street-based Hunter House Publishers.

A few dozen parents, preservationists and school staffers turned out Monday to offer their thoughts on proposed upgrades that could once again put students into Historic Alameda High School and replace dozens of portable classrooms, improve drop-off areas and boost security at schools across the Island. The unveiling of proposed site plans detailing potential upgrades for Alameda’s schools Monday – the product of dozens of meetings at individual school sites – was the latest step in a more than two-year process to address existing and future facilities needs.

Dozens of Nea Community Learning Center students walked out of classes Tuesday to protest the removal of the school’s leader Friday, eight weeks before the end of the school year. The governing board for the entity that oversees Nea, Community Learning Center Schools, Inc., voted early on April 18 to place Nea’s lead facilitator, Maafi Gueye, on paid administrative leave.

Planning a drive to Park or Webster streets? The city is considering changes that they say could make it easier for you to park.

Alameda Municipal Power wants its two dollars (and 25 cents). The Public Utilities Board voted Monday to raise electric rates effective July 1 as the final part of a five-year program of rate increases designed to cover rising power and transmission costs.

Police arrested a student Thursday who they said brandished a BB gun near the Esperanza housing complex. The teen’s name is not being released because he is a juvenile.

The public will have a chance to weigh in at Monday's Planning Board meeting on a draft plan to refashion the iconic Del Monte warehouse into hundreds of homes and shops on a new waterfront promenade that would be open to public use. Developer Tim Lewis Communities hopes to begin construction on the development in 2015 and to welcome its first residents and shop owners in 2017.

News in brief(er): A proposed household hazardous waste disposal fee was dropped after the agency considering it received tens of thousands of protest letters … the Bank of Marin has completed its merger with the Bank of Alameda … and police are warning cell phone owners about an uptick in thefts.