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Lotsa things happening this week … here goes …

*Charter decision today: The Alameda County Board of Education is slated to decide tonight whether to overrule our local school board to okay Nea Community Learning Center’s charter application. Our school board turned them down in January, saying the proposal lacked sufficient detail. A number of my blogging colleagues are far more versed on this topic than I, so The Island will update and redirect as the information comes.

*There’s always strings attached: The family of Dr. Zehra Attari aren’t the only ones suing the city over her death: Last week, the state of California filed its own lawsuit against Alameda. The Oakland doctor drove her car off the end of Grand Street and into the Oakland Estuary on Nov. 5, 2007; the family sued a year later, saying the boat ramps at the end of the street aren’t safe. The state says the city should have defended it from the suit because a grant it gave the city to improve the boat ramps – in 1990 – specified that the city should get insurance to protect the state from being sued over the project. The state is suing for the costs it has incurred in defending itself against the Attari suit, and costs for this one.

*Joining the chorus: The campaign for Measure H has inspired the parcel tax measure’s most vocal opponent to suggest the district cut teachers’ wages in an effort to bridge the school district’s budget gap. But c’mon. Alameda already has the second-lowest paid teachers in the entire county. The Baby Boomers are already beginning to retire in droves, and there are fewer teachers to replace the ones we’re losing. If you had the choice between working in Alameda or getting paid $20,000 more in Pleasanton, where would you go?

*Pedestrian plan: The city is putting together a plan to make it safer and easier for people to walk around. They’ll be taking public input on it from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, in Community Meeting Room B. (The city’s Transportation Commission will also discuss the plan, at its regular meeting on Wednesday.) The draft plan is available here; more info on meetings about the plan, which the City Council could take up by mid-June, is here.

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