The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your Alameda news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

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.

In the mid-1950s, Alameda was home to the great comedienne Phyllis Diller. Fast forward to present day and meet Alameda gal, stand up comic, activist and motivational speaker Nina G.

Alameda’s City Council was set to get a report Thursday on homelessness on the Island and on next steps that should be taken to combat it. The report follows a homeless count conducted last September that was spearheaded by the city’s Social Service Human Relations Board.

Schools leaders said Tuesday that they’ll reconsider a proposal to slash funding requests for a pair of innovative school plans that have been in the works for the past 18 months. Superintendent Sean McPhetridge asked the Board of Education to table their planned consideration of innovative school proposals for Franklin and Henry Haight elementary schools following impassioned pleas from educators and parents for full funding of the plans.

With rents rising and vacancies rare here in Alameda and across the Bay Area, it’s perhaps no surprise that rent control has become one of the hottest topics on the Island. If Alameda’s political leaders were to implement rent controls, what if any relief would those controls provide to renters, and what impacts would the new rules have on the Island's housing supply?

With morning and evening commute traffic expected to grow as the Island develops, the pressure is on to get out of the car and onto a bike. The city has been making efforts to ease this transition that include creating a new bike lane along Shore Line Drive and developing “complete street” plans for Central Avenue. But there’s a nonprofit shop on the Island that’s been working to make the cycling life more accessible since 2006 when two non-profits, Cycles of Change and Alameda Point Collaborative, came together to open it.

News in brief(er): June 30 is the deadline to apply for a parcel tax exemption … local Coasties rescued some young sea turtles … Artemis Racing is leaving Alameda Point for Bermuda … and Pacific Pinball Museum makes a splash in Germany.