The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, Pacific Area commander, and Vice Adm. Muhammad Farid Habib, Chief of Naval Staff for the Bangladesh navy, sign the official paperwork to transfer the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis to the Bangladesh navy during a decommissioning and transfer ceremony held on Coast Guard Island on Thursday. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Boat owners are expressing frustration over the city’s recent eviction of Nelson’s Marine from its longtime home at Alameda Point and what they have said is a lack of information from the boat yard’s owner and the city about how they can retrieve their vessels. City staffers concede they ran into a host of unanticipated issues in evicting the boat yard but say they are putting a plan in place.

New safety gear, more support boats and third-party structural reviews of racing vessels are among the more than three dozen changes America’s Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray announced Wednesday, concluding a safety review that followed the death of an Artemis Racing sailor during a practice run on San Francisco Bay. Reduced wind limits, which Luna Rossa Challenge owner Patrizio Bertelli insisted on as a condition of his team’s participation after Andrew “Bart” Simpson, 36, died when the 72-foot racing catamaran he was sailing in broke up on the Bay earlier this month, are among the 37 changes being put in place.

The historic Alameda Point deal slated to close on June 4 isn't the only big news the City Council addressed on Tuesday. Mayor Marie Gilmore announced a short list of new retail outlets that are planning to join Target and Safeway at the Alameda Landing shopping center near the Posey Tube. Gilmore said a pair of eateries - the Corner Bakery Cafe and the Habit Burger Grill - have both said they're coming to Alameda Landing. Also on the way - a Sleep Train store and arts & crafts retailer Michaels, which she said would be setting up a new store prototype here.

An enthusiastic City Council on Tuesday night gave City Manager John Russo the go-ahead to sign the deeds for 1,379 acres of Alameda Point, paving the way for the city to begin to address what many see as the Island’s biggest issue – reuse of the former Navy base. The deal, which has been two decades in the making, is set to close on June 4.

A fifth and final community meeting on the fate of Historic Alameda High School was held Tuesday. Our video and Tweet by Tweet coverage are here.

Alameda police said they’ll be reviewing a local bar’s business and liquor licenses and stepping up patrols in the wake of a melee Sunday morning, during which one man was stabbed multiple times in the back - one of three violent incidents police said evolved out of fights that started at the bar over the last 18 months.

A crowd of about 350 people came to Encinal High School on Monday for a buffet dinner, speeches and songs by the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, all part of Alameda’s Fourth Annual Harvey Milk Day celebration. The keynote speaker was Anne Kronenberg, who served as campaign manager for Milk’s successful 1977 campaign for San Francisco supervisor.

The Brookings Institution has released a new book that shows poverty in America's suburbs is rising faster than in its cities. The Alamedan compiled data showing how many Alamedans have lived in poverty over the past several decades.

The Alameda Fire Department is preparing to expand the non-emergency transport services it provides to patients at Alameda Hospital who need rides to appointments and other health care facilities. The City Council okayed changes to the contract between both entities on Tuesday.

News in brief(er): Alameda’s local scout council cheered the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to lift a ban on openly gay youths. They’re pushing for gay adults to be allowed membership as well … the state Assembly okayed a bill authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, that would allow legal permanent residents to serve as poll workers, a move Bonta said will enhance access for non-English speaking voters … a 73-year-old Alameda man was found dead in the Alameda/Oakland Estuary Wednesday a few hours after family members reported him missing … and the U.S. Coast Guard gave the 41-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis, a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter homeported in Alameda, to the Bangladesh navy.