Park Street Business Association

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

The head of Alameda’s electric company is moving on to a new job after half a dozen years at the helm. Alameda Municipal Power General Manager Girish Balchandran, who has been widely praised for extracting the utility from its failed telecom venture and for initiating efforts to pull the utility into a higher-tech future, will head Riverside Public Utilities, a much larger municipal utility.

Daisy’s owner Barbara Mooney starts buying Christmas ornaments for her Park Street boutique not too long after the New Year’s Eve ball has dropped.

“Somebody said, ‘What do you do for Thanksgiving?’ I said, ‘I enjoy my kids, because the day after, they become employees,’” Mooney quipped.

While much of the attention paid to the holiday shopping season is focused on major retailers and the deals they’re offering on “it” gifts to entice customers, holiday sales are equally critical to the small, independent retailers whose shops populate Alameda’s Park Street shopping district.

The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a stripped-down strategy for readying Alameda Point for new development that’s focused on preparing for potential commercial development there, though some council members and longtime Point development supporters said they preferred a more robust plan that included planning that would also ease the way for housing.

“I think this is an approach that moves us in the right direction,” City Councilwoman Lena Tam said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article offered inaccurate information about public meetings and approvals for the Park Street Streetscape project. Planning Board and City Council meetings held in 2009 and 2010 that were referenced in the article included discussions about a master street tree plan. The Project regrets the error.

A shop owner’s letter to the president of the Park Street Business Association has prompted other merchants to voice their concerns about communications between merchants and the association’s leaders.