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 two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

An earthquake centered near American Canyon rattled the Bay Area a little before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. While the 6.0 temblor caused damage and knocked out power for many near the epicenter, Alamedans only lost sleep. Here's what happened and what Island residents shaken awake by the quake had to say.

A massive Canadian developer with tens of thousands of lots spread across North America and a group that includes some prominent Bay Area developers have been named finalists in the race to win the right to build a neighborhood of homes and shops at Alameda Point. The City Council will decide on September 2 whether to negotiate with both Calgary-based Brookfield Residential and Alameda Point Partners – a team of developers that includes Alameda-based SRM Ernst, retail powerhouse Madison Marquette, multifamily homebuilder Thompson Dorfman Partners and affordable housing builder Eden Housing – for the development of a 68-acre parcel of the Point that includes part of a future town center.

Alameda Point Environmental Report blogger Richard Bangert was so impressed by "the beehive of construction activity" at Alameda Landing development that he snapped these photos.

This fall, Alameda voters will be asked to consider paying higher property taxes to cover $179.5 million in bonds to upgrade the Island’s schools. Measure I will pass if 55 percent of voters say yes.

Schools leaders are seeking the public’s input on a plan to illuminate one of a pair of baseball diamonds at Will C. Wood Middle School. The public is being asked for their thoughts on a plan to install four light poles over what’s known to Alameda Little League families as the Minor field in order to extend play later into the evening.

Hadi Monsef, a beloved former city councilman and a longtime real estate broker who dedicated much of his life to serving the community he loved through the local Rotary Club and many other volunteer activities, has died. He was 81.

The city has selected a new poet laureate. The City Council is set to appoint Julia Park Tracey to the volunteer post on September 16.

News in brief(er): The Encinal Yacht Club is holding a car and truck show … And a fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to a Pacific Avenue residence.