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For the week of October 20, 2014

PUBLIC UTILITIES BOARD

The Public Utilities Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, October 20 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Photo by Richard Bangert.

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

A few hours north of San Francisco, in the Mayacamas Mountains, sits the world’s largest geothermal field. Alameda Municipal Power took more than 60 customers and staffers on a tour of one of The Geysers’ power plants on October 10; here are our pictures.

Since last week's topic was interval training, I want to cover another type of faster running, the tempo run.

First of all, it's important to remember that incorporating faster running into a routine is not just for competitive runners. Doing different types of running (like changing speeds) will keep you from getting into a rut. If you do the same kind of running every time, it's likely you'll get bored with it, and your body will get bored with it, too.

Tempo runs are one of the easiest kinds of faster running to do, but many people don't really know how to do it.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, winter is the time to nourish and recharge the kidneys and adrenals. Taking nature’s cue, this is a time for rest, energy conservation, and restoring your resources.

Winter is the time for reflection on the year past and anticipation of the year to come. This is a time when we are the most susceptible to draining our energy if we do not observe this way of life. So slow down and lighten your commitment and responsibility load.

Finally! An excuse to sleep in!

Members of the City of Alameda Democratic Club are fuming over a mailer the club’s leadership sent to local voters that they say appeared to extend the club’s imprimatur to candidates its members didn’t endorse, while others are upset that the club’s campaign office offers campaign materials from some of the same candidates. A few are so upset they said they’re quitting the club in protest.

These are the times that try people's patience - the times when our officials and wannabe officials demand that we pay attention to those who run our affairs, and try to make intelligent choices at the ballot box. Personally, I despair of being able to predict the future or even to discern the relative abilities of the candidates. It's clear that our civic duty requires an earnest effort to participate intelligently, but really.

COMING UP

Public Utilities Board, 7 p.m. Monday, October 20, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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

Alameda police are rescinding a ticket they gave a homeless veteran on a charge he was illegally living in his car. On October 1, the department asked the Alameda County Superior Court to dismiss a ticket issued to Aaron Colyer after police found him sitting in a parking lot in his van.

I recently contributed to a medically reviewed "article" (one of those slideshow things you see on many websites) on Healthline.com about the benefits of interval training, and it made me think that would be a good topic for my blog this week.

Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews complaints about potentially excessive rent increases and tries to mediate disputes between landlords and renters over a touchy subject that both may have a tough time discussing unaided: Money.

The committee, which meets monthly as complaints arise, is Alameda’s primary tool for addressing rent disputes. Chairperson Karen Miller says its approach has produced solutions for renters grappling with steep increases and poor property conditions.

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