Oakland/Alameda Estuary

A multi-million dollar effort to clear the Oakland/Alameda Estuary of debris is continuing, and The Alamedan's readers caught some of the action, forwarding this video and photo of the raising of the Respect, a tug sunk in the estuary.

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

City staffers have been moving a mountain of paper this year to prepare Alameda Point for development in 2014. But on Saturday they mounted their bicycles, leading more than 100 cyclists on a three-hour tour intended to help them visualize the city’s plans.

According to local legend, the “Captain Al” settled into her watery grave sometime in the 1990s, sinking to the bottom of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary as her unknown owner was preparing to rend her for scrap. But on Monday the rusty, 105-foot-long steel tug saw daylight again, as crews manning a pair of passive cranes pried her from the estuary floor.