U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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.

Outrage over plans to set up a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol screening facility in the heart of West Oakland appears to have sparked concerns about a similar facility that has long operated on Alameda’s fringe.

Residents are protesting the tentative expansion of cargo screening at a U.S. Customs Examination Station operated by Bobac C.F.S. Corp. at 300 A Avenue; they fear the new cargo to be screened by customs agents there could put Alameda in harm’s way.

“I just want the whole (City) Council to look into it,” said Irma Garcia-Sinclair, an Alameda resident who started a petition drive last week to try to keep the additional freight off-Island.