The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by Janice Worthen.

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

The Alameda Food Bank needs to collect 1,000 turkeys for needy Island families by the end of the day Monday. Here’s who you can help.

Last month the Alameda Education Foundation played host to the Oakland East Bay Symphony, who performed a pair of concerts for local schoolkids. Here’s a short video.

The City Council voted Wednesday to approve an exclusive agreement with Alameda Point Partners to negotiate a deal to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at the former Naval Air Station, despite opposition from residents who think the lame duck council should wait and let the new council decide. “This is a tough decision. But stalling is not the answer to a tough decision,” Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said.

Alameda’s Board of Education said goodbye to a pair of exiting trustees Tuesday – and got the rundown on the big business the new board will embark on next year. Board president Margie Sherratt closed out her four-year term Tuesday night, while Trustee Mike McMahon leaves after a dozen years on the board.

Despite what you may hear, most landlords are not raising rents by double digits, several landlords said Wednesday night. And they brought the data to prove it.

November 29 is national Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local and express gratitude for the small businesses that add character and variety to our lives. Business columnist Janice Worthen offers her two cents on local businesses – and the latest local business news – in this month’s Alameda Business Buzz.

Schools officials have set up a procedure for commercial property owners to obtain partial refunds on the Measure H parcel tax. The district has posted an application on its website for commercial property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in 2010 and 2011.

News in brief(er): California Lottery officials have found the owner of a winning lottery ticket worth $600,000 that was purchased last month in Alameda.