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

What do you think the city and its citizens can do to keep everyone safe on Alameda’s streets? Alamedans weighed in.

Today marks three weeks and two days until the Bay to Breakers race. To me, that means we are close to when my "taper" should start.

If you are new to running or if you aren't that familiar with training for races, this might be an unfamiliar term. Tapering before a race means to reduce the training load so that you feel relatively fresh on the day of a race.

There are many opinions about how long the tapering period should be to optimize one's performance for a race. Some people will dial back the training load for only a few days before a race, while others will reduce their training efforts for as long as three weeks.

Have you noticed the book exchanges popping up around Alameda? The Little Free Library movement is scarcely five years old, and new libraries are popping up all over the world. In Alameda, we've visited (and exchanged books with) at least a half dozen libraries, and more seem to be appearing every day.

The libraries are simply boxes on a post - roughly the size of an old newspaper box, but artfully handcrafted. They hold 20 or 30 books each on a rough average and have little doors to protect the books from the elements.

The Social Service Human Relations Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 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 local news review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

What are your hopes and dreams for Site A and Alameda Point? Our conversation is taking place here.

On Monday, over 30,000 people will show up in Hopkinton, Mass. for a little excursion into the big city known as the Boston Marathon. I reported on the results last year, when Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since Greg Meyer in 1983. He'll wear bib number 1 this year, a special honor that is reserved for a race's winner from the previous year, and hopes to repeat. If he could win again, he would be the first American repeat winner since Bill Rodgers three-peated from 1978 to 1980.

This past weekend, my sweetie and I drove up to Chico. The trip entailed three hours of driving through mostly rural scenery. The Sacramento River Valley is flat and broad and hot and the road is lined with grove after grove of nut trees. It offers very different scenery and a different vibe from the Bay Area.

So, what would induce us to take this trip? Babies!

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Photo by James Astwood.

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

Firefighters quickly extinguished a vegetation fire that occurred on the 2100 block of Shore Line Drive on Saturday evening, Alameda Fire Capt. Jim Colburn said this weekend. A reader sent us these pictures.

Since I started the conversation about training for Bay to Breakers in last week's blog post, I want to focus on one piece of that training puzzle this week: tempo runs.

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