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.

City Councilman Stewart Chen has taken the lead in Alameda’s campaign money race, newly released donor disclosure documents show. As of October 18, Chen had pulled in $46,280.70, donor disclosure forms filed Thursday show, while a Los Angeles-based political action committee that’s received contributions from several labor unions, Pacific Gas & Electric and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty’s top aide independently spent $21,611.82 backing his re-election bid.

A 72-year-old Alameda man is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of his wife. JC Canfield is facing a murder charge for allegedly killing his wife, police said.

On October 3-4, Woodside High School hosted 38 local teams in the annual off-season FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FIRST promotes robotics and engineering in schools around the world. Alameda’s ASTI Aztechs, Team 4186, participated in the competition’s high school division.

With the holidays approaching, the Alameda Food Bank and local Scouts are beginning preparations to assist needy Island families. The food bank kicks off its annual turkey drive on Friday, while the Scouts’ Scouting for Food collection effort is set for November 15.

Alameda's Board of Education okayed a new elementary charter school Tuesday night. The school, which will be opened and operated by managers of the existing Academy of Alameda charter, is set to open kindergarten and first grade classes next fall.

With Election Day looming in just a few days, we know your time is running short. So we’ve decided to offer the quick-and-dirty take on candidates for mayor, City Council and school board, and on Measure I, the local school bond. Here’s Part One.

Some Alamedans may be familiar with Neptune Beach through nostalgically named organizations and events that pay the old amusement park tribute. But what was Neptune Beach, and was it really known all over the world? It certainly was.

Alameda police have dropped arson charges against one of the two men accused of setting a string of fires on and around Park Street on September 28. Police said Stephen Petersen, 27, of Alameda has been eliminated as a suspect in the fires based on evidence collected over the past several weeks.

News in brief(er): The Grateful Dead’s truck is up for auction in Alameda … City leaders have been honored for being bike friendly … the Planning Board wants to keep working on the parking plan for the Del Monte development … Alameda schools were briefly evacuated due to odors caused by a gas leak in Oakland … and Alameda-based Artemis Racing has added Paul Goodison as helmsman.