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As part of our mayoral candidate profile a few weeks ago, we wrote that the Alameda Education Association was backing incumbent Marie Gilmore for mayor. The day the piece ran, a teacher who is a member of the union corrected us, saying it never formally endorsed any city candidate.

Sunday morning, we ate pancakes. We ate them in the downstairs hall of the Elks Lodge along with several hundred neighbors in support of the unfortunate victims of the Park Street-area fires. Seated at a table tucking into a pancake stack, we had a good post for observing the people of Alameda and I must say, they're (we're) an impressive group.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 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.

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.

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