The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of Mike Maurice.

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

The nonprofit board that oversees Nea Community Learning Center voted on April 24 to fire the school’s top administrator and the nonprofit’s chief operating officer after an emotional meeting at which students, parents and the school’s teachers defended the pair and called for their reinstatement. The board voted to fire Nea’s lead facilitator, Maafi Gueye, and Lina Miura, the chief operating officer for Community Learning Centers, Inc., without cause; several board members were absent.

The Alameda Unified School District’s space crunch has claimed another victim. Alternatives in Action, a nonprofit organization that has used innovative educational techniques to help at-risk Bay Area students since 1996, is moving out of Alameda after the school district decided not to renew its lease at the Woodstock Education Center.

For more than a decade, Alameda Unified has been part of a multi-district program that helps new teachers transition successfully into the classroom. But this year may be the last one that Newark Unified distributes money for the beginning teacher support and assessment program, or BTSA, schools leaders said, as the result of what some are characterizing as an unexpected consequence of changes in the way state funds are distributed to schools.

The United States Navy may have won its battles in the Pacific during World War II, but it suffered something of a setback Monday night before the Planning Board. The board decided that when it comes to the naming of streets in Alameda Landing's planned residential neighborhoods, prominent citizens will take precedence over Naval vessels.

Schools leaders could ask voters for nearly $180 million to modernize Alameda’s public schools, a bond consultant told the Board of Education on Tuesday night. The board is considering whether to put a bond measure to fund schools fixes on the November ballot.

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

Youth movement and low scores prevailed in Alameda Commuters golf action last weekend. The Commuters tournament teed off April 26 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex with a field of 220 of the best amateur golfers in Northern California.

Supporters of a park on land slated for development as a residential neighborhood submitted petition signatures for a possible ballot measure that would bar the city from allowing homes to be built there instead. Friends of Crown Beach submitted petitions containing 6,347 signatures to the City Clerk on Wednesday afternoon supporting a ballot measure that would rezone a 3.899-acre federal property across the street from Crab Cove for park use, a spokesperson for the group said.

It’s official: Alameda Hospital is now part of the Alameda Health System, Alameda County’s public health system. The affiliation deal, finalized at 12:01 a.m. Friday when the hospital’s license officially transferred into Alameda Health System’s hands, capped an intense effort by the hospital’s leadership to save the financially failing facility from closure as its cash dwindled and a deadline for making seismic fixes loomed.

News in brief(er): For the first time ever, the East Bay Municipal Utility District is tapping the Sacramento River, to help its customers weather the drought … the California Department of Education named Edison Elementary a California Distinguished School, an honor earned by just seven percent of the state’s schools … an Alameda family says they were barred from riding go-karts at a Livermore amusement center due to their religious head attired … the Board of Education approved an 11-year lease for Nea Community Learning Center and Alameda Community Learning Center … Firefighters extinguished a blaze in the laundry room of an apartment house on the 1200 block of Regent Street … and volunteers are working to refurbish a least tern nesting area at Alameda Point.