Alamedan Blogs

For the week of September 1, 2014


The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 2 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 two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

An earthquake centered near American Canyon rattled the Bay Area a little before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. While the 6.0 temblor caused damage and knocked out power for many near the epicenter, Alamedans only lost sleep. Here's what happened and what Island residents shaken awake by the quake had to say.

Monday marked the first day of school for most Alameda public schools, which means it was the first day of after school cross-country practice!

We’re opening this week’s (slightly late) Campaign Column with some exciting news: We’re partnering with the Alameda Sun on a pair of candidate debates in September.

Candidates for City Council and mayor will go head to head from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 18, while those running for the school board will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20. Admission to these forums is free, and open to the public.

We’re racing to finalize locations for the forums but wanted to let you know right away that we’ve got all the candidates signed up for these dates and that the forums are happening. Stay tuned here for an update next week!

Summer's almost over, so of course it's heating up around here - and promising to get warmer yet. Still, this weekend gave us a succession of great days in which to stroll and amble around, especially along Shore Line Drive.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 26 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 Alameda headlines for the week.

For more than 14 years, Alameda Family Services has been providing shelter to homeless, runaway and “thrown away” teens in an eight-bed Victorian in Oakland. But the teens may soon find themselves with nowhere to go.

I think we can all agree that the human body is a truly amazing thing. There is seemingly no end to the fascinating characteristics of all of its systems, with organs, blood, bones, and, of course, the brain. Yet, as amazing as it is, our bodies are easily tricked. When you train your body, it "thinks" it literally won't survive if it doesn't change in response to a training stimulus.

Think about that. Your body's various systems have a one-track mind: survival. They will react to anything based on that goal.

This time of year is exciting for both parents and children. New schools, new friends, new school clothes, new things to learn, the smell of new erasers, perfectly sharpened crayons and fresh new haircuts. There is an air of anticipation, as we wonder what the new school year will bring. And if we are totally honest, some of us parents are relieved at the idea of our kids being out of our care for a few hours a day. It’s not that we don’t love our kids, because of course we do — they are our most treasured people. It’s just that ... well, parenting is a huge responsibility and sometimes, it just feels good to have a break.

Last week, we offered you an early look at ballot statements submitted by your candidates for mayor and City Council – effectively, their 200-words-or-less pitches describing why you should elect them to represent you at City Hall. This week we’ve got a second installment of statements, for school board candidates. (We’d promised health care district board statements too, but the only candidate who submitted one – Lynn Bratchett – withdrew it, an Alameda County Registrar of Voters rep told us Tuesday.)

Here’s what each of the three candidates for school board had to say for themselves.