November 2013

Photo courtesy of Thomas Bartholomew-Couts.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this holiday week.

The annual Lighted Yacht Parade is a boating event that EVERYONE can enjoy. You don't need a boat, and admission is free.

As many are aware, on, November 16, marked a pair of significant milestones for Alameda’s resident aircraft carrier.

An Alameda man has been arrested and a firefighter injured in a destructive, early-morning apartment fire that authorities had deemed suspicious.

Ellina Bartholomew Couts is constantly creating – doodles in her schoolbooks, drawings, earrings made out of plants. While friends and family members have long been aware of her artistic prowess, the 11-year-old’s work is now finding a much wider audience.

The Alameda Unified School District is accepting applications for a new parent advisory committee that will review and provide feedback on a new, state-mandated accountability plan the school district is required to generate to receive state funding.

Every Friday, the staff at Wood Middle School in Alameda wear blue “Happy Friday” pins in honor of Paul Hardy Parker, a custodian at Wood Middle School who passed away this past July.

It's that time of year for me again - renewal time for my medical marijuana card!

The Alameda Food Bank would like to offer our sincerest thanks to everyone in the community who participated in the November 16 Scouting for Food Drive.

When Anne Lipow became frustrated about her inability to find anything but cheap, plastic dreidels she decided to design and manufacture her own, starting The Dreidel Factory in 1974.

Here's a graphic that explains how to play the dreidel game.

The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, November 25 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Photo by Dave Boitano.

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

The week of November 18, 1963 had the normal flow of news reported in the Alameda Times-Star. One front-page story reported vandalism at Donald D. Lum Elementary School. The Times-Star also reported that week on “Wilt the Stilt” – Wilt Chamberlain, the center for the San Francisco Warriors who had scored 100 points in a single game the previous year – and about the Navy quarterback Roger Staubach, winner of the Heisman Trophy that year. Another story that week covered the opening of the Posey Tube after refurbishment and conversion to one-way traffic out of Alameda.

Alameda Hospital’s governing board approved a deal Thursday that will see a countywide health care provider assume operations of the financially ailing hospital, a move hospital managers have said will keep the its highly desired emergency room open and provide the cash needed to perform near-term seismic upgrades the special district set up to operate it can’t afford.

The City of Oakland obtained a record $15.1 million court judgment against a pair of immigration services firms co-owned by an Alameda couple, whose agents destroyed the lives of families who were led to believe the firm could help them win legal residence in the United States, a judge said.

The City Council on Tuesday tackled the impacts of anticipated sea level rise at Alameda Point – and specifically, the task of figuring out how much protection to erect, and when.

A view of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. Contributed photo.

Today I’m proud to announce the initiation of our brand-new sponsorship program, which will give companies doing business here the opportunity to show Alameda that they support local news.

Alameda’s school board got a rundown Tuesday on what one trustee called the “brave new world” of school funding that school districts across California are entering as the state begins its rollout of a new school funding formula this year.

It was a shock to open the October 17, 2013 edition of the “Sun” and learn that it appears the staff/city decision-makers are considering development proposals for Alameda Point.

A trio of top city staffers earned a little more job security Tuesday as City Manager John Russo erased the "interim" label from their titles.

In view of the letter dated November 7, 2013, from the California Department of Justice, now may be the time to reconsider the proposed Tim Lewis Communities housing development at Neptune Pointe.

Who would think the Island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean would have anything in common with the Island of Alameda in the bustling San Francisco Bay? They do, indeed, share some common traits.

The Pacific Pinball Museum is planning to lease and restore the city's long-vacant Carnegie Library, its leaders announced Monday, a move that will keep the museum on-Island.

Last week we let you know that the Alameda Food Bank needs to collect 1,000 turkeys by this coming Monday in order to fill the holiday tables of needy Alameda families.

Tuesday was food day. We didn't plan it that way, but that's the way it worked out.

Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point.

On behalf of Alameda Recreation & Park Department and the Alameda Youth Committee, we would like to thank the following local businesses and organizations for their recent support of our 10th Annual Teen Haunted House, which was held on October 25-27, 2013.

The Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 in the Alameda High School cafeteria, 2201 Encinal Avenue (entrance on Central Avenue).

Photo by Mike Rosati.

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

I must confess right off the bat that I know absolutely nothing about Peruvian food, and not much more about Peru except that it's in South America, they have llamas there, and it is home to the famous Incan historic site, Machu Picchu.

The city is slated to spend $867,000 through the end of June to fix sidewalks at 500 different locations across the Island. Will they fix one in your neighborhood?

City leaders are rejoicing over the pending removal of three dozen rusting oil storage tanks that have stood for more than a half century near the foot of Grand Street, a move one city staffer said could herald the first step in an eventual shuttering of the tank farm there.

Your reporter is back from the 20th Annual Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally, successfully completing the 750-mile journey from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.

The Alameda Food Bank has kicked off its annual turkey collection drive for the holidays at what promises to be yet another tough juncture for the Island’s poor and needy.

Saturday, November 2 was a big day for the Alameda Food Bank. As usual, we did our monthly Client Food Selection (CFS) program at our warehouse at Alameda Point. “Client Food Selection” is an important program for us: Alamedans get to utilize the food bank get to pick the foods they want.

Gardens, biking and hiking trails, a lawn-fronted gazebo and covered picnic pavilion are some of the features proposed for the new Jean Sweeney Open Space Park that’s planned for 22 acres of onetime Alameda Belt Line property.

This morning we are walking in the clouds. The fog has rolled into Alameda and reduced visibility to half a block or less. San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and the monster cranes of Oakland's waterfront are hidden so well they might not exist.

Last week the city released its unaudited fourth quarter financial report for Fiscal Year 2012/13 on all city funds. I thought I’d share the numbers.

Rhythmix Cultural Works is honoring veterans this month with Veterans Voices IV, a series of events that kicked off Thursday with a forum on veterans’ issues.

The Youth Advisory Commission meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 in Conference Room 360 on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

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

Dawn Leigh was flipping channels and came across a documentary about wine making, which included a snippet on an artist painting with wine. “I never seem to have enough red wine left over,” Leigh said, so she went with “her next favorite elixir,” coffee.

Photo courtesy of Rigging International.

The Bay Bridge troll has a sibling – whose address is right here in Alameda.

Updated at 9:41 a.m. Thursday, November 7

Merchants who want to take their advertising to the streets will soon have the city’s permission.

City Council members are calling for more transparency as the city selects developers for Alameda Point, saying the public should be given more of an opportunity for involvement in the process.

Leaders and parents from the Nea Community Learning Center pitched the Board of Education on renewing the school’s charter at the board’s meeting Tuesday night.

Wood Middle School students help out at an Adopt-a-School event. Photo courtesy of Alex Boskovich.

Dear Editor,

October was a busy month for the Adopt a Classroom program, with 66 teachers receiving $500 Adopt A Classroom grants!

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.

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.

I'm walking! Not a world-shattering announcement from the author of Amblin' Alameda, but relevant and exciting (to me) nevertheless.

Is The Alamedan your indispensable news source? We're looking for a few good folks who are willing to let the world know by writing a brief testimonial describing why you value the work we do.

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.

The City Council will conduct a series of meetings beginning with a closed session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

With great concern, I read Ms. Turner's letter to the editor regarding her recent experience with APD at the site of her daughter's collision. I reviewed the call history and the collision report, spoke with the officers, and am now in a position to respond to Ms. Turner's allegations.

Here's this week's edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review.

The City Council will be considering a pair of key decisions Tuesday with implications for the both the near-term and farther-flung future of Alameda Point.

A pair of community groups is looking into its options for stopping a proposed home development on land the local park district had sought for expansion of Crab Cove – including a potential ballot measure that would rezone the land for park use.