The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

Girls Inc. of the Island City has provided services to children in Alameda for over half a century. For nearly a decade, Karen Kenney has helmed the organization as its executive director, and this week, she embarks on a new adventure: retirement.

The City Council unanimously rejected a proposal Tuesday to rescind the prior council’s approval of the Del Monte warehouse development. Even Mayor Trish Spencer, who put the rescission discussion on the council’s agenda, voted against a repeal, saying concerns about the project could be addressed by the council in other ways.

Here’s what Spencer and other council members had to say about the repeal proposal before the vote; the tweet by tweet rundown of Tuesday’s council action is here.

The public got a chance to comment Wednesday night on a list of suggestions to address Alameda’s rising rents, and now it’s up to a group of tenants and landlords to make recommendations to the City Council.

Lucia di Lammermoor will be the first full production of Island City Opera’s inaugural season and will be performed at the historic Alameda Elks Lodge. Patti Cary has the story on one of the Island’s newest arts organizations and the show.

Support local news and enjoy a delicious meal on Park Street at the same time! Alameda’s Tomatina is supporting The Alamedan by sponsoring a Dine & Donate event on Wednesday, January 21; the event flyer you’ll need to bring if you go is here.

News in brief(er): A planned water rate hike is on hold – at least for a few weeks.