The Broad Brush: Special Fleet Week edition!

The Broad Brush: Special Fleet Week edition!

Michele Ellson

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is coming to Alameda Point this weekend, and they’re bringing the Navy, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and local police and firefighters with them. Their arrival at the USS Hornet is an official part of an expanded Fleet Week celebration.

The Hornet’s parking lot will host members of the Camp Pendleton-based Marine unit and a collection of their gear that will include tanks, terrain vehicles and a howitzer gun that participants in the event will have the opportunity to explore. The Sheriff’s Office will also show off some of the gear it uses as part of its Urban Shield program.

The event opens with an 8:30 a.m. ribbon cutting today and will be up and running through 5 p.m.; it will also be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, and local food and beverage vendors will offer food and drink for sale. Wine and beer will also be available for sale.

Event organizers are also offering a free shuttle participants can take between the event and the Neptune Beach Community Celebration on Webster Street. The shuttle will be available between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Also this week: Ford Motor Company’s decision to stop producing the popular Crown Victoria police vehicles has prompted police departments across the country to look at new car models for their fleets. On Tuesday, the City Council signed off on 10 new Ford Police Interceptor vehicles, at a cost of $302,000.

In other news, the city is in the process of finalizing preliminary plans for a new, mid-Island fire station and emergency operations center. The two facilities, which would take up a combined 12,000 square feet, would cost an estimated $6.8 million – money the city doesn’t yet have. Preliminary planning is due to be completed by Thanksgiving.

And this past weekend, volunteers mobilized at Encinal Yacht Club to give more than 350 institutionalized veterans a tour of San Francisco Bay as part of the 16th annual Margot Brown Wheelchair Regatta.

News in brief(er): Some 1,500 residents dialed Alameda police this weekend to complain about a noisy rave in Oakland’s Coliseum. Mayor Marie Gilmore announced Tuesday that city officials are working with their Oakland and Alameda County counterparts to ensure residents don’t experience a repeat … Firefighters on Thursday extricated a pair of people from an overturned vehicle on High Street ay Bayo Vista, and took this dramatic photo … Lincoln Middle School’s Chris Hansen is Alameda’s teacher of the year … and the Neptune Beach Community Celebration, formerly known as the Webster Street Jam, is being held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Webster Street between Central and Buena Vista avenues.