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. He’s the recap of your headlines for this week.

Alameda resident Mercedes Cohen is the author of “Giovanni Is Here,” a new play produced recently at Ross Valley Players as part of its RAW (Ross Alternative Works) program. The Alamedan caught up with Cohen, who answered some questions about herself and her play.

New neighborhoods are proposed or in progress at Alameda Point, Alameda Landing and all along the Island’s Northern Waterfront. So when and how can you have your say on the size of a development, its design and plans to address the traffic it might generate? Here’s our primer.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Ann Beret Johnsen, a fourth generation Alamedan, watched from the Senate gallery as President Lyndon Johnson signed the act into law. At First Congregational Church of Alameda, where Johnsen has served as church historian with Virginia Krutilek since 1995, Johnsen has created a display to commemorate the signing of the act.

The City Council is set to consider negotiating what could be its first land sale at Alameda Point, to a South Bay development team interested in buying barracks that once housed servicemen and five acres of former taxiway that front Seaplane Lagoon. On Tuesday, the council will decide whether the city should enter exclusive negotiations to sell the former Bachelor Enlisted Quarters and the taxiway property to Alameda United Commercial.

The fall election season kicks off Monday with the opening of the nomination period for local offices. The mayoralty and seats on the City Council, Board of Education and Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors are up for grabs.

News in brief(er): Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Alameda rep Rob Bonta that would fully fund teacher pensions.