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, our 60-second news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning. But friends of one of the suspects in a string of early-morning fires Sunday are expressing disbelief he was involved in starting them.

A legislative staffer who has served on several local committees and a pair of city councilmen – one incumbent and one former – are vying for two open City Council seats this fall. Incumbent City Councilman Stewart Chen, who joined the council in 2012, faces former Councilman Frank Matarrese and Jim Oddie, whose has served as chair of Alameda’s Open Government Commission and as a member of the city’s America’s Cup Ad Hoc Committee, on the November ballot.

Alamedans rubbed shoulders with city leaders and representatives from a quartet of development teams Monday at an open house designed to give the public a better idea of who may be shaping the future of the former Naval Air Station. The purpose of the event, held in a meeting room at the Main Library, was to give residents a chance to meet the developers who may mold 150 acres so that they can get a sense of who’s most likely to succeed at the task.

The Encinal High School varsity football team forfeited Friday's Island Bowl following a bench-clearing incident at the team’s September 26 game, the district's spokeswoman confirmed Monday. Friday marked the 60th anniversary of the cross-Island game, played by Alameda and Encinal high schools. Administrators said this to Encinal families and district staff.

As he was winding up an unproductive drive around Alameda Point looking for birds last Saturday, Richard Bangert came upon the gate to the Alameda Point Collaborative farm. It was wide open and work was happening. He decided to check it out, and offered this story and these photos.

Rising rents are becoming a hot topic around town, and it's no mystery why: More than half of Alameda's homes are rentals, and nearly half of Island residents rent. We've started a rents blog in an effort to answer your questions about the trajectory of rent costs in Alameda and the number of people whose housing may be impacted by them.

Two attorneys with a history of engagement in local politics are squaring off in the mayor’s race this fall. Incumbent Marie Gilmore, a Boalt Hall-educated lawyer with two decades of experience in city government, is being challenged by Trish Spencer, an attorney, longtime schools volunteer and substitute teacher who’s been on the school board for six years.

News in brief(er): An Alameda man was inaugurated into a regional leadership position in Kiwanis International … four Alameda high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists … Alameda Health System’s chief executive is stepping down to take a new job. The health system recently took over management of day-to-day operations at Alameda Hospital … and the mother of an alleged robber who was shot dead by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at an East End convenience store is suing.