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. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda police are rescinding a ticket they gave a homeless veteran on a charge he was illegally living in his car. On October 1, the department asked the Alameda County Superior Court to dismiss a ticket issued to Aaron Colyer after police found him sitting in a parking lot in his van.

Absentee voting started this week in Alameda County. We’ve got all the information you need on your local candidates and issues on our Election 2014 page.

This week’s Development Alert includes details on plans for shops and townhomes in an old Oak Street warehouse, a planning extension for Mapes Ranch and the latest news about Alameda Point.

Mayor Marie Gilmore has out-fundraised challenger Trish Spencer by a five-to-one margin, just-released campaign finance disclosures show, though City Council candidate Jim Oddie appears to have raised more money than any city candidate so far. Councilman Stewart Chen got his forms in a few days late.

Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews complaints about potentially excessive rent increases and tries to mediate disputes between landlords and renters over a touchy subject that both may have a tough time discussing unaided: Money. Our Rents Blog post on the committee is here.

Since 2010, Abigail’s Moroccan Cuisine has served up a taste of Casablanca from its inconspicuous bayside digs. Cheryl Connick has a review.

News in brief(er): The city has secured a $2.2 million grant for a Cross Alameda Trail … Got tickets? There’s special ferry service for Giants playoff games.