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 weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Police are saying no one was injured and no charges have been filed following a June 14 crash into the Starbucks at the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue.

Getting by on $11.50 is tough in the Bay Area, union representatives for Tamara Nghishakenwa and other home care workers like her say. So they’re rallying here and across the state to call attention to what they say are stagnating wages and proposals to cut hours that workers are eligible for pay.

While much of the public's attention toward development has been focused on Alameda Point, another area of the Island may see hundreds of new homes, a lot sooner. Alameda's Northern Waterfront is home to the Del Monte warehouse, the former Encinal Terminal property, a Chipman warehouse and 22 acres of Alameda Marina property. All of the sites may see housing development.

A city ambulance service that provides non-critical transport of patients has passed its initial trial and is now part of the Alameda Fire Department, the City Council decided Tuesday night. But in approving an extension of the Basic Life Support program unanimously Tuesday, council members made clear that they wanted the service to be financially viable and asked that department officials return in one year to report on the system’s progress.

City leaders seeking redevelopment of Alameda Point say more transit is a key strategy for reducing the amount of traffic new homes and businesses at the Point are expected to generate. But housing advocates have questioned whether there will be enough people living and working on the Point under the city’s existing plan to attract it when the development is done.

Party Warehouse, a longtime bookend of the Park Street business district, is closing on June 28 after 16 years as the Island’s party supply store. Owners Bob Spencer and Donna Candela – who spent her 70th birthday working at the store this week – are retiring, Candela said.

News in brief(er): The Planning Board will consider a plan for the new Jean Sweeney Open Space Park on Monday … Alameda’s home prices rose 11 percent this year according to a new study … and the Park Street Bridge was closed briefly on Sunday due to mechanical problems.