The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

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

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department's 48th annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest was held this past Saturday on Robert W. Crown State Beach, and videographer Donna Eyestone was on hand to capture the action for The Alamedan.

Members of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which oversees development of the Bay Area’s coastline, voted Thursday to initiate a lawsuit over plans to build homes on federal property near Crab Cove. In a January 27 letter to the General Services Administration, Executive Director Lawrence J. Goldzband said the commission’s determination that it wouldn’t need to conduct a review of the sale didn’t extend to the government’s plans to take McKay Avenue.

Alameda’s Planning Board stopped short of recommending the city enact rent controls Monday, opting instead to ask the City Council to consider setting up a task force to study whether people are being displaced by rising rents. The board voted 4-3 to recommend a new housing blueprint to the City Council that includes the creation of the task force.

School board members okayed a spending plan Tuesday for a proposed facilities bond, though the board may ultimately decide not to place the bond on the ballot in November. The board voted 3-2 to approve a new bond spending plan that would see the school district spending about $85 million on its two main high schools – half of what board members originally considered – and the rest on middle and high schools.

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

The Recreation and Park Commission was expected to make a recommendation Thursday night on whether to restore or replace the Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park. The 95-year-old bench was damaged in a windstorm last fall.

News in brief(er): An Alameda man was convicted of murder in the shooting of an Oakland marijuana grower … an Alameda-based Coast Guard crew aided in the seizure of $107 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean … a plea deal for a Coast Guardsman accused of several sexual assaults has stirred concerns … and workers at Alameda County Industries who were paid illegally low wages and threatened with deportation are fighting back.