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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.


We took a day trip with some friends to San Pablo on Sunday to listen to some traditional New Orleans jazz and to even dance a few steps when the beat got to our bloodstreams. San Pablo is, when viewed from a traveling automobile, a standard-issue California town - newish, clean, modern and right out of the cookie-cutter school of California architecture and town planning. Anywhere, USA. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but you can't tell the town without a sign.

Planning Board, 7 p.m. Monday, August 25, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Agenda

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

Some High Street residents are calling on tech companies that run buses through Alameda to address the traffic and parking problems they said the buses can create. A city official says they became aware of the concerns in June and are working to address them.

Today we're going to talk about the opposite of running, also known as resting.