The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to another edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

A longtime nurse with a wealth of both on the ground and management experience in a range of health care settings has been picked to serve on the Alameda Health Care District Board. The board on Thursday selected Lynn Bratchett to fill out the remainder of Elliott Gorelick’s term.

Artemis Racing officially launched what they're calling the "Blue Boat" at a christening ceremony Monday morning that was attended by nearly 300 team members, family and friends, according to a news release on the team's America's Cup website. The Alameda Point-based Artemis' shore team has worked for two months to construct the new boat, following the capsize of the team's first yacht during a practice session on May 9.

Alameda’s Planning Board unanimously approved a drive-through and late-night hours for an In-N-Out Burger near the foot of the Webster Tube on Monday – provided the city can win Caltrans’ approval for a crosswalk intended to protect pedestrians who might otherwise jaywalk into traffic exiting the tube. The board also okayed a drive-through for a proposed Chase bank branch on the 2.3-acre “gateway” parcel and a new, 24-hour Safeway gas station that staffers have said is a prerequisite for the Pleasanton-based grocery chain planting a new store in the Alameda Landing development.

Members of the City Council said they want to set up a trust fund to help cover the city’s $86.4 million retiree health care liability. They just need to find money to put into it.

City staffers want you to offer your thoughts on their plans for Alameda Point. And they’re taking to the Web - and the streets - to offer information and solicit your opinions on their planning efforts. Among their outreach efforts are a brand-new Alameda Point web page and Point accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Dozens of renters are looking for new homes after receiving eviction notices from the new owners of their complex. Carmel Apartments, a subsidiary of San Francisco-based Carmel Partners, sent eviction notices to 84 families at Marina View Towers, they said, to perform seismic retrofits.

On the Oakland side of the Park Street bridge, in the neighborhood known as Jingletown, a new senior living community will be built on the site where the restaurant Tiki Tom’s burned down in 2010. The project, Phoenix Commons, is the latest endeavor of Alameda Elder Communities, which also operates the Waters Edge Lodge on Harbor Bay and the Elders Inn on Webster Street.

News in brief(er): Police identified a robbery suspect shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy as Laroy Brown, 42, of Oakland … and the Alameda Fire Department’s 17th Annual Pancake Breakfast is being held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Fire Station 1, 2401 Encinal Avenue. The donation for the fundraising breakfast is $15, and admission is free for children under 8.