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

At Littlejohn Park, the Ala Costa after school program can accommodate 15 youths, and the program – the only one on the Island for special needs children – has another dozen on a waiting list. The program’s executive director, Ron Halog, has been seeking a bigger space in Alameda for the past few years, but has so far come up empty.

The City Council unanimously signed off on a trio of contracts for non-safety workers Tuesday that offer pay increases if the city does well financially in exchange for increased employee health and pension contributions. City leaders will also be asking the workers’ representatives to consider reducing pension benefits for future hires.

The new contracts for the three bargaining units and a fourth for non-sworn police department employees will save the city an estimated $873,000 over three years if pay increases are factored in, staff reports on the contracts showed.