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 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s adult literacy program, Alameda Reads, is gearing up for its anniversary celebration. In honor of learner and tutor accomplishments, Alameda Reads will hold a celebration from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 23 at the Alameda Free Library’s main branch.

Members of the City Council voted Tuesday to abandon plans to create a city-sponsored rents task force, opting instead to allow a local attorney to lead a community-based process to explore concerns about rising rents. The council voted 3-2 to move forward with the community based process; the community group is to report its findings on December 2.

Our tweet by tweet coverage of Tuesday’s meeting is here.

California's new "Three Feet for Safety" law went into effect this week; the law requires drivers to give cyclists a three-foot berth as they pass or to slow to what the California Highway Patrol calls a "reasonable and prudent" speed and to pass only when it won't endanger a cyclist. Bike Walk Alameda produced this video to show cyclists ways of riding safely on Alameda's streets, and the California Highway Patrol issued safety tips for cyclists and drivers listed below it.

Special interests beware: Contributing money to candidates for Alameda’s mayor and City Council will not buy you influence. At least that’s what the incumbents and challengers told a crowd Thursday night during a candidate’s forum at the Main Library sponsored by The Alamedan and the Alameda Sun.

ICYMI, we’ve captured the forum on video and in this tweet by tweet rundown.

For more of the candidates in their own words, we’ve got their answers to our candidate questionnaires here, and short videos of each of the city and school board candidates, here.

News in brief(er): An Alameda family was surprised with a new van at a recent San Francisco Giants game.