The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Michael Lano.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

For the past few months, residents of Bay Farm Island have been seeing and hearing something totally out of the ordinary: A rooster has been walking up and down residents’ wood fences, running the length of Harbor Bay Isle’s tracts. The large rooster with black, brown and tan markings and a bright red wattle and comb – who does not appear to be one of the California white or gray Pullet or Cockerel that are fairly common in this region – appears to be well fed and is growing exponentially.

Fans of Rosenblum Cellars’ prized zinfandels and Rhone varietals will only be able to sample the winery’s 50-plus wines “next to the docks in Alameda” for a few more months. Rosenblum’s owners announced Monday that when the lease on their current East Bay visitors center on Main Street expires in June, they’ll be vacating their Island home of 27 years for Oakland’s Jack London Square.

Pop-up buildings may soon be popping up at Alameda Point. The Planning Board on Monday heard about the potential for the temporary structures as part of a report on ideas for promoting Alameda Point before commercial and residential development begins in earnest at the former Naval Air Station.

The city is getting ready to seek out developers who could build hundreds of homes, retail outlets, offices or hotels on 150 acres at Alameda Point. Alameda Point Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ott said she’s hoping to release the request for qualifications on May 1, with proposals due in six weeks.

Our tweet by tweet coverage of Tuesday’s City Council meeting is here.

Will C. Wood Middle School is transforming itself from a traditional neighborhood-serving middle school into a science, technology, engineering, art and math, or STEAM, school. And school leaders hope the changes – which are coming out of the ashes of test score failures and the havoc they helped wreak – will help the school once again draw some of the higher achieving students it once served while doing more to engage students who are struggling.

This month marks C'era Una Volta's 10-year anniversary. In an era when only three out of 10 restaurants make it to this point, it is quite an accomplishment for co-owners Cheryl Principato and Chef Rudy Duran.

News in brief(er): Protestors targeted buses ferrying employees from Alameda to two tech companies … Alameda police are noticing a spike in vehicle break-ins … a top AC Transit official is accused of embezzling money from a prominent local church … and Park Street sidewalks are getting a spring cleaning.