Welcome to The Broad Brush, your weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.
With the filing period for local candidates now closed, election season has begun. The Alamedan has brief write-ups on all of your local candidates. Our introduction to City Council candidates is here; Health Care District Board candidates, here; and Board of Education candidates, here.
In non-election news, Alameda firefighters knocked down a blaze that erupted in a two-unit Victorian on the 1300 block of Pearl Street on Tuesday. The fire, which broke out in a downstairs bedroom inside the home, displaced five people and caused an estimated $275,000 worth of damage; firefighters believe an overloaded electrical circuit was the cause.
Family and friends are mourning the loss of 19-year-old Ryan Joseph McDaniels; McDaniels, who suffered from a chronic illness, died during a water polo match. Contributions to a memorial scholarship fund for the Alameda High School swimming and water polo programs can be sent to Ryan J. McDaniels Aquatic Fund, c/o Bank of Alameda, 2130 Otis Drive, Alameda, Calif. 94501.
News in brief(er): A jury this week convicted an Alameda man of murdering two people to whom he owed gambling debts. Andrew Toon Wong, 23, faces the possibility of life in prison without parole … another Alameda man, Kariem McFarlin, 35, was arrested in connection with a burglary at late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ home … and Alameda police are getting ready to crack down on drunk drivers. They’re setting up a “DUI/Saturation Patrol” citywide on August 24 and September 1.