The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Cheryl Connick.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

City staffers have selected a finalist in the contest to develop a waterfront town center at Alameda Point. They’re recommending that the city negotiate a development deal with Alameda Point Partners to build 800 homes and up to 200,000 square feet of commercial uses on a 68-acre portion of the Point.

Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi is retiring, again. D’Orazi is leaving the Alameda Fire Department on December 27 after serving as its chief for the past three and a half years.

Saturday night at sundown, Richard Bangert was walking along Shore Line Drive next to the beach when he saw three jet boaters heading at full throttle toward the Bay Farm Bridge. By the time he got to the bird sanctuary observation deck, he could see the three jet boaters stuck in the mud.

A computer hacker apparently shut down the city’s website this weekend. The Alamedan’s webmaster, Jack Boeger, said hackers likely exploited a recently reported security vulnerability in the city’s content management system, Drupal.

Alameda voters have narrowly elected schools trustee Trish Spencer as their mayor in a stunning electoral upset, effectively abandoning a dozen years of progressive, pro-development leadership in favor of a populist mayor who has promised to slow development of the Island. Mayor Marie Gilmore, meanwhile, conceded the race Wednesday at a press conference in front of City Hall, saying she would not seek a recount of votes cast in the super-close race.

Alamedans experienced a week of suspense as they waited for all the votes to be counted in the super-close mayor’s race because more than a third of them were vote by mail ballots mailed late or dropped off at the polls on Election Day.

Island residents beset by rising rent costs got a chance to air their grievances at a community meeting Wednesday night. The meeting at the Mastick Senior Center was the first of three public sessions scheduled to gather information on rental issues involving tenants and landlords.

What better way to celebrate the change in seasons than with a tequila/margarita tasting? Food writer Cheryl Connick offers a primer on the different types of tequila and the local margarita scene.

News in brief(er): Four soldiers became U.S. citizens in a ceremony held on a U.S. Coast Guard ship just before Veterans Day.