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 two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Five Alameda runners completed this week’s Boston Marathon, where a pair of bombs killed three people and injured scores more. Three of them talked to The Alamedan about their experiences.

A developer who’s building new commercial space on the site of a former Park Street car dealership is asking for the city’s okay to include a restaurant and brewery, a wellness center and artist studios in the tenant mix. On Monday, Bill Phua will be asking the Planning Board for permits to allow a restaurant, wellness center, artists studios and a brewery or winery in the buildings he’s erected on the site of the former Cavanaugh Motors.

Bingo night at Rhythmix Cultural Works has become an Alameda tradition in the three years since it got underway. Offering costumes, songs and dancing, it’s not your grandma’s bingo.

City leaders are expressing concerns about a state lawmaker’s proposal to restructure the board that oversees Bay Area ferry service, calling it a power grab by local officials in East Contra Costa County that could cost the Island its say over two local ferry lines and frustrate plans to move one of them to Alameda Point. But an East County official said the areas where ferry service is proposed to be added need representation to ensure their needs are taken into account.

Alameda’s City Council tacked a full agenda on Tuesday that included a slew of Alameda Point leases and building height limits on Park Street. Here’s our Tweet by Tweet coverage.

Harbor Bay developer Harbor Bay Isle Associates wants to construct 80 new homes where the Harbor Bay Club now stands and to build a new fitness center on land the company owns on North Loop Road, a representative announced to the City Council on Tuesday. They say the courts have given the developer the right to build additional homes, though City Council meeting minutes say otherwise.

Low-income housing, a museum, and new classroom space are among the future uses Alameda residents envision for Historic Alameda High School. But most of the people who offered their thoughts on what should become of the school on Monday agreed that the campus should remain standing. In addition to our story, we’ve got video and Tweet by Tweet coverage of the meeting where the ideas were discussed.

News in brief(er): A Navy jet that smashed into an Alameda apartment complex in 1973 had a checkered history, a Miami-based freelance journalist has discovered … The Public Utilities Board approved a rate hike on Monday that will see the average residential customer’s bill rise $2.64 a month … an Alameda community group is providing some peace for local woman veterans … and the Coast Guard rescued four people from an Alameda-owned tugboat off the coast of Point Sur.