The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

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

The Planning Board discussed plans Monday to redevelop the historic Del Monte warehouse as concerns over the proposed development and others along the Island’s Northern Waterfront grow. Developer Tim Lewis Communities wants to build 414 new townhomes, lofts and flats in the seven-acre warehouse and on two new development pads on the Del Monte property, which sits at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street.

Should Alameda’s schools go solar? School board members were to discuss the merits tonight of moving forward with a plan to install solar panels atop Alameda’s public schools.

Members of the Recreation and Park Commission decided the Clark Memorial Bench should be saved, and a community group called Save the Bench has launched a fundraising effort to pay for its restoration. The city will contribute $5,000 to the effort.

Voters will get the chance to decide this November whether they want to pay for $179.5 million in bonds to repair and modernize Alameda’s schools. The school board voted 4-1 Tuesday to place the bond on the ballot, ending months of will-they-or-won’t-they wrangling.

Our tweet by tweet coverage of Tuesday's school board meeting is here.

The City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to place a citizen-sponsored initiative on the November ballot that will permit only park development at Neptune Pointe – along with a companion measure that staffers say is intended to shield the city from costs associated with any lawsuit that might be filed if the open space measure succeeds.

Before Michael Schiess could open the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda he had to remove the coin boxes from the museum’s machines, because arcades with coin-operated machines are illegal here. But now that the museum is preparing to build “the Smithsonian of pinball” in the city’s grand but long-shuttered Carnegie Library, City Manager John Russo says the Island’s leaders are ready to rethink Alameda’s position on the establishments.

Wildlife watchers out at Alameda Point got a jolt in May when a section of pier used by harbor seals as a "haul out" where they can rest and nest disappeared. One local blogger and longtime Point watcher said she thinks the dock may have been dismantled deliberately. But a city official said it deteriorated on its own.

News in brief(er): The Planning Board recommended approval of a plan to develop Jean Sweeney Open Space Park … and Alameda’s Trabocco has been recognized by OpenTable as one of the top neighborhood restaurants in America.