Today's news: It's Fundraising Friday, and the Rules of Succession

It’s probably not news to you that the news industry is struggling in the bloody wake of skyrocketing costs, plummeting revenues and yet another avenue of delivery that has arguably undermined the primacy of (almost) everything that came before. The last decade has seen wave after wave of journalists laid off and print newspapers shrink and more recently, disappear under the crushing weight of delivery and newsprint costs. One of our primary goals at The Alamedan is to reverse that trend and to make more news available. But as I’ve said before, doing that costs money. So the question you may have is, “How much?”

Today we answer that question, and we offer our gratitude to the folks who donated online or wrote a check this week: Thank you to Jim Pruitt, Marilyn Pomeroy, Karen Butter, Diane Rizzo, Deni Adaniya and our own Morton Chalfy. We couldn't do this without you! If you want to support our efforts, you can donate here.

In other news: With Vice Mayor Rob Bonta in the hunt for Sandre Swanson's Assembly seat and Health Care District Board member Stewart Chen contemplating a City Council run, the November election may not offer the last word on who your local elected officials are since both are just halfway through their current terms. So what happens if they change jobs? The answers are here.

And if you're wondering what the deal is with tonight's school board meeting, where board members are slated to consider a six-year, $552,000-a-year lease for new district office space, we'll have a report for you Monday morning.

Meanwhile, if you're busy but want the 411 on Alameda, and fast, our latest weekly edition of The Broad Brush is live.