The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Richard Bangert.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

A few hours north of San Francisco, in the Mayacamas Mountains, sits the world’s largest geothermal field. Alameda Municipal Power took more than 60 customers and staffers on a tour of one of The Geysers’ power plants on October 10; here are our pictures.

Emergency calls placed in the wee hours of September 28 paint a dramatic picture of the impact of a series of fires that ripped through a seven-block radius on and around Park Street, recordings obtained by The Alamedan show.

The Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary on Alameda’s South Shore is a good place to view migrating birds right now. Richard Bangert captures their meanderings, in pictures.

Two experienced administrators are vying to take over an office that makes few headlines but provides critical services to the Alameda County public education system and local schools. Helen K. Foster and Karen Monroe are running for Alameda County superintendent of schools, a post being vacated by longtime superintendent Shelia Jordan.

With the addition of a new winery, Building 43 Winery, and Rock Wall Wine Company’s ability to now stay open later during the summer months, the area appears to be on the brink of a growth spurt. All your business news, in this month’s Alameda Business Buzz.

News in brief(er): Bail has been reduced for one of two suspects in the September 28 fires on and around Park Street … Encinal High School’s Shakespeare Club presents “Much Ado About Nothing” … and 10 people were injured when an Alameda-bound ferry backed into a piling at Pier 41 in San Francisco.