The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of the Alameda Commuters Committee.

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.

Sailing on San Francisco Bay isn’t just for the 1 percent anymore. That’s the attitude of a dedicated group of sailors who run the nonprofit Alameda Community Sailing Center.

Schools officials are seeking to expand Alameda Unified’s footprint by reclaiming a pair of properties adjacent to the Alameda Naval Air Station. District officials are seeking school board approval to ask the federal government to let them reclaim a pair of Singleton Avenue properties where they hope to once again house the district’s Woodstock Child Development Center preschool program and Island High School, the district’s continuation school.

Novato high school senior Miguel Delgado broke away from a four-way tie atop the leader board entering Sunday's final round to win the Alameda Commuters Tournament by three strokes. Delgado, who has committed to play for Notre Dame next fall, shot an 11 under 273, including a final-round 68, to win the event's 88th annual running.

City Council members narrowly approved four-year contract extensions for police and firefighters on Wednesday that include a trust to help cover Alameda’s ballooning retiree medical bills. After five hours of heated debate punctuated at some times by the burble of a police radio from one of the many safety workers who packed council chambers Wednesday and another by a shouting match in the hallway outside, council members voted 3-2 to amend the contracts to establish and fund a trust and extend them until December 18, 2021.

Here’s our tweet by tweet of Wednesday’s council action.

Jack Capon Villa was honored by the Association of Bay Area Governments. Here’s a video.

During the final moments of this past Monday’s Planning Board meeting, City Planner Andrew Thomas announced a plan that would take homes off the table for 37 acres of the North Housing parcel – Navy land that sits just north of the housing now occupied by members of the Coast Guard. The change would remove 806 homes from the housing element of the city’s general plan – essentially, its housing development blueprint – offering council members the opportunity to substitute 800 units at Alameda Point’s Site A in their stead.

News in brief(er): The Doolittle Raiders have been honored with a Congressional Medal … and Altarena Playhouse has hired a new artistic director.