The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Jennifer Hartigan.

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

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. Utility officials pitched the proposal to the Public Utilities Board tonight, along with options for the program’s structure and customer costs.

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 we do?

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.

Here’s our full tweet by tweet rundown of Tuesday’s council action.

A perceived increase in the number of eviction notices being handed out by property owners in Alameda has prompted some tenants to ask city leaders to consider a new tool to protect renters: just cause eviction rules that restrict landlords’ ability to make tenants move. Here’s a primer.

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. Dennis Evanosky has their story.

News in brief(er): Encinal High School hosted its 20th annual Extravaganza of Bands … and a Memorial Day ceremony is set for Monday.