The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to The Broad Brush, your two-sentence news review. Here's what happened this week.

Retrofitting seismically unsafe portions of Historic Alameda High School could cost between $19 million and $27 million, an architect’s estimates presented at a community meeting Thursday show. But the architect and his team cautioned that the estimates aren’t based on a specific plan for retrofitting the buildings and they don’t include a number of other potential costs. Our story on what other school districts have done to address their historic high schools is here.

One person is dead and another was injured when a 72-foot racing catamaran crewed by Artemis Racing capsized during a training run for the America's Cup Thursday on San Francisco Bay. Artemis Racing identified the victim as Andrew "Bart" Simpson, a British double Olympic medalist. Simpson is listed on the team's website as its strategist.

The Navy is seeking the public’s opinion on a proposed $20 million cleanup of 47 acres of Alameda Point that city leaders hope will someday serve as a town center with a mix of homes, businesses and parks. Comments will be accepted through May 31, and a public hearing on the plan is scheduled for May 15.

The City Council signed off on concepts for a new park on the former Alameda Belt Line rail yard Tuesday. Plans for the park include picnic areas, playgrounds and a community garden. Our earlier story about the proposed plan is here.

An Alameda woman was among the victims of a deadly limousine fire Saturday on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The fire claimed five women, including a newlywed bride, and injured four others.

Encinal High School hosted its annual Extravaganza of Bands this Saturday, May 4. James and Donna Eyestone’s video of the performances is here.

News in brief(er): One man was stabbed and another one, robbed on May 3 at the Marina Village Shopping Center … Angela’s Bistro and Bar will become Cellar Door on Tuesday, May 14, offering a wider menu, wine shop and tasting room … the city will be offering business license renewals online … and the Alameda Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival will honor four veterans at the event, which is being held on May 19 at Alameda South Shore Center.