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Today’s Island city began life as a peninsula where Native Americans — members of the Ohlone tribe — first lived, more than 3,000 years ago. These first settlers took advantage of the climate and the readily available staples — acorns, game, fresh water and oysters.

The Ohlone found today’s Alameda an attractive place to live. Willow trees grew along Sausal (“Willow”) Creek to the north. The Ohlone used the branches from these trees to build their homes.

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City Council members have signed off on an $8 million contract to build a replacement mid-Island fire station and emergency operations center.

The approval, on a 4-1 vote, followed a wide-ranging discussion about what the city should be doing to better prepare for a disaster. Richmond-based Alten Construction was the winning bidder.

Tuesday night's six-hour gabfest included approval of an $8 million construction contract for a replacement fire station and emergency operations center, a proposal to raise sewer rates and an update on Site A. Here's your tweet by tweet.

House fire, 1984

We find another three-story Victorian with smoke coming from the eaves. The house is a little like the one in the movie Psycho.

With all the news about water shortages and climate change, it’s hard not to think maybe Chicken Little was right. Bees disappearing, millions of trees lost, metallic tasting water – all pieces of a troubling and seemingly interconnected puzzle. So what can you do to conserve?

After walking and driving the streets of Alameda for the past five-plus years, I began to think that I know this town pretty well.

Alameda Municipal Power may soon provide a subscription solar power service for residents and business owners who aren’t prepared to install their own solar array.

Planning Board, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

 

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

The water crisis makes research by companies like Liquidity, based right here in Alameda, all the more relevant.

It's mid-May, so you know what that means, right?

Bay to Breakers!