The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Donna Eyestone.

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

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings. The Alameda protest rally was held a day after hundreds of thousands of people participated in protests across the country following the decisions of a pair of grand juries not to hand down charges in the police killings of 18-year-old Michael Brown, of Ferguson, and 34-year-old Eric Garner, of New York.

Here's an update of our popular Alameda development map, plus an update spreadsheet with more detail on development plans in Alameda.

Future residential development was on everyone’s mind Tuesday night as a growth-friendly City Council gave way to two new members who support a slower approach to development. But the old council members didn’t exit without leaving their mark on the city’s landscape.

Alamedans are getting into the spirit of things this holiday season, and reader Cathy Nielsen persuaded us to tell that story by sharing readers' holiday decoration pics.

Alamedans will soon be asked to both conserve more water and pay more for what they use to help preserve the East Bay’s water supply in the face of a lingering drought. The East Bay Municipal Utility District board decided last week to ask customers to cut back their water use 15 percent from 2013 levels and to impose a 14 percent surcharge to cover the bill for water they’re buying from the federal government.

The holiday craze is at its peak: Traffic is a snarl, the sidewalks are packed with people, and many pockets are filled with crumpled to-do lists. This final weekend can test the strongest holiday spirit, but as the holiday stress crescendos, there’s one holiday tradition that can defuse my irritation instantly: Christmas trees.

News in brief(er): Alamedans are mourning the man struck and killed by an AC Transit bus last week … And an Alameda Girl Scout has earned her Gold Award.