The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to the latest edition of The Broad Brush, our two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival was held at Alameda High School this week. Videographer Donna Eyestone got an inside look.

Freelance writer Janice Worthen signed up for a Covered California plan on October 1, the first day the health care exchange set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act was open for business. You can read about her experience here.

Opponents of a proposal to build 80 luxury homes where the Harbor Bay Club now stands are saying the club was offered long ago in lieu of planned recreation space and that residents would lose their primary recreational space if the club is moved into the Harbor Bay Business Park. But Harbor Bay Isle Associates’ Kathy Moehring said opponents’ concerns will be addressed in the report and through hearings the company expects will take place over the next nine to 12 months.

Alameda’s Board of Education has selected an architect to craft a master facilities plan for the school district – its first major facilities plan in half a century. Quattrochi Kwok Architects will put together the plan, which is expected to be the basis for a series of facilities bonds the school board is expected to put before voters. Meanwhile, we’ve got the rest of the board’s business in tweets.

Alamedans have been known to be less than enthusiastic about the idea of chain stores on the Island. But people who stopped and shopped at Alameda’s new Target store Tuesday night were quick to declare their excitement that the discount retailer had opened an outlet in town.

The state’s labor commissioner is ordering the owners of Toomie’s Thai Cuisine on Park Street to pay nearly a half million dollars in fines and wages the state claims 13 of the restaurant’s workers are owed. But the restaurant’s owner is denying the state’s claims and says he plans to appeal. California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su ordered the restaurant’s owners to pay $481,813 in wages and civil penalties for violating minimum wage, overtime and rest period laws, a press release the state Department of Industrial Relations issued Wednesday said.

On Tuesday, the City Council will hold a closed-door discussion to consider proposals to purchase chunks of Alameda Point from Charles Company, a West Hollywood-based developer, and DeBartolo Development, the family-run conglomerate whose founder is known as the father of the shopping mall and whose current leadership includes the longtime owner and manager of the San Francisco 49ers. The discussion is the first of what City Manager John Russo said will be several about how much of Alameda Point to sell, and to whom.

A local playwright’s musical premiered Friday at Altarena Playhouse. "The Song of the Nightingale," with music, lyrics, and book by Alameda resident Min Kahng, expands upon the classic tale of how the Emperor of China learns the value of inner beauty and how this revelation ultimately benefits his people.

News in brief(er): Wind River President Ken Klein has resigned, and has been replaced by Chief Operating Officer Barry Mainz ... Alameda's Classic Car Show is today (Saturday, October 12) on Park Street ... an Alameda restaurant worker was hospitalized after a law student struck him with her car in Oakland … Alameda Patch got an inside look at the Island’s new Faction Brewing … and Alameda’s Color Me Mine is holding a costume swap from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.