The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Mike Rosati.

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

Rhythmix Cultural Works is honoring veterans this month with Veterans Voices IV, a series of events that kicked off Thursday with a forum on veterans’ issues. The Alamedan attended Thursday’s forum and shot this video of veterans detailing their stories.

Gardens, biking and hiking trails, a lawn-fronted gazebo and covered picnic pavilion are some of the features proposed for the new Jean Sweeney Open Space Park that’s planned for 22 acres of onetime Alameda Belt Line property. Recreation and Park Commission members were to offer their thoughts Thursday on the draft plan for the park.

The Alameda Food Bank has kicked off its annual turkey collection drive for the holidays at what promises to be yet another tough juncture for the Island’s poor and needy. Anyone interested in contributing frozen turkeys can bring them to the Alameda Food Bank’s distribution center, at 1900 Thau Way, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through November 25.

City leaders are rejoicing over the pending removal of three dozen rusting oil storage tanks that have stood for more than a half century near the foot of Grand Street, a move one city staffer said could herald the first step in an eventual shuttering of the tank farm there. Work is expected to continue through the end of the year, according to a fact sheet distributed to neighbors of the tank farm, which is operated by Pennzoil-Quaker State.

The city is slated to spend $867,000 through the end of June to fix sidewalks at 500 different locations across the Island. Will they fix one in your neighborhood? We've plugged the city's sidewalk repair list into this handy map, which you can use to find out what is (or isn't) getting fixed in your neighborhood.

News in brief(er): The America’s Cup netted more than a half million dollars in rents for the city … Kjell Qvale, one of America’s first importers of European sports cars and a onetime Alameda auto dealer, has died … and the USS Hornet marks its 70th anniversary on Saturday.