Alamedan Blogs

Last week at the school board meeting, the high school physical education (P.E.) requirement was discussed. Much of the discussion about broadening students' ability to gain an exemption from taking a second year of P.E. (now available only to athletes engaged in school sports) covered details of the state and Alameda Unified School District requirements. Should we be requiring our young people to exercise and to learn about fitness - "mandating health" as one of the board members called it?

Stress is everywhere we look. As a society, we rarely have a moment to just relax and do nothing. If we do, we tend to feel like we are slacking off, as if a moment in the day not filled is wasted. This mentality and way of living takes a huge, and measurable, toll on our bodies both physically and mentally.

Alameda is such an alluring city. From the moment you enter this enticing Island oasis, you know you are in a special place. I liken it to the “perfect town” in every American movie ever produced in Hollywood: Not quite Mayberry, but not a big city either. And what American experience would be complete without the slice of Americana that we call baseball?

Darrell A. Doan will be tasked with marketing the city to prospective businesses and promoting existing businesses, as well as smoothing the way for businesses as they wend their way through city approval processes.

This time of year I never tire of the walk along Shore Line eastward into the bird sanctuary. The shorebirds are migrating and our little part of the bay is a smorgasbord for the dowitchers and their smaller brethren. Especially when the tide is out and the mud flats are exposed, the birds and their beaks are poking into the homes of the worms and mollusks just below the surface. The birds are light enough not to sink into the mud and their beaks are just long enough to reach the favorite food for each species.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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

I ran a 10k a couple of Sundays ago. Yeah, the same Sunday it was raining cats and dogs.

Running in the rain can be fun. No, really. As long as you're wearing comfortable clothes, it's actually quite fun to run around, splash in puddles, hear your shoes going squish, squish, squish with every step. Running a race in the rain can also be fun, as long as you're not shooting for a particular time. I was running for a particular time, so ...

Students at a pair of Alameda schools are celebrating wins in regional and state competitions.

April is an emotionally difficult time for me. It contains the birthdays of my deceased brother and my deceased son.