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, our two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened during this news-filled week:

Alameda’s Planning Board okayed a planned CVS drugstore and Chase bank branch to be built on the site of a former Park Street car dealership – with a lengthy list of conditions intended to address the construction and operational impacts the new businesses will have on neighbors and commuters. Some residents of the adjacent Wedge neighborhood spoke out against the planned businesses, saying they were concerned about traffic, parking and other impacts they could have.

City Councilwoman Beverly Johnson dropped out of the race to keep her seat, saying she needs to focus her time on her new state leadership post. Johnson, who served two terms as mayor, has sat on the council since 1998.

Schools officials are set to ask for a state scholastic sports agency’s sign-off for a plan to include charter students on Encinal High School’s sports teams. They attributed an earlier decision to remove charter students from the teams to a misunderstanding of the rules governing which students must be counted in their enrollment numbers.

Federal investigators have determined that a stall caused a fatal 2011 plane crash, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Redwood City resident Richard Manuel, 73, died when his 1947 Navion A crashed in the mud next to San Leandro Bay, the paper reported.

News in brief(er): The National Nuclear Security Administration is measuring background radiation levels in and around Oakland, San Francisco and Pacifica, sending a low-flying helicopter over Alameda and other cities … A local wildlife refuge advocate is a finalist for an award sponsored by KTVU … Now that school is in session, Alameda police are asking motorists to slow down and to keep an eye out for crosswalks, crossing guards and pedestrians … And speaking of school, district officials are seeking new members for their Measure A Oversight Committee, with applications due September 14.

Photo: Judy Goodwin addresses students and families of Maya Lin School. Photo by Lorrie Murray.