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 two-sentence weekly news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Dave LeMoine was inspired by our recent column on the first families of Bay Farm Island to offer his own personal history on The Alamedan.

Dating back to the last two centuries, Alameda’s history has included farmers who worked the land. At Ploughshares Nursery, that history has come full circle.

The East Bay Regional Park District has filed a request to dismiss its two-year-old lawsuit against the City of Alameda over city leaders' decision to zone property the park district wanted to permit housing, the park district announced Tuesday.

Schools leaders will soon be seeking applicants to fill the school board seat being vacated by Mayor-elect Trish Herrera Spencer. The board voted 3-0 on Tuesday to begin the process of appointing someone to fill the remaining two years of Spencer’s term.

Students held a silent protest outside Encinal High School on Wednesday afternoon, one of several people have staged around the Bay Area and across the country following police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. Alamedans held a protest at the city's tree lighting ceremony this past Saturday, and another is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday on the steps of City Hall.

The average market rate for Alameda’s rental housing has risen more than 18 percent over the past 12 months, data obtained by The Alamedan show – faster than market rents in Alameda County and the Bay Area as a whole. Asking rents in Alameda have risen 18.4 percent over the past 12 months, compared with 11.6 percent in Alameda County and 11.4 percent across the Bay Area, data released by the Novato-based research firm RealFacts show.

A storm dumped more than three inches of rain on Alameda on Thursday morning, flooding roads and downing trees across the Island. But Alameda appears to have escaped the heavier flooding and power outages experienced by some other Bay Area cities.

Contributor Richard Bangert logged some quality time this fall photographing Alameda's avian visitors. Here's a slideshow of his photos.

Food writer Cheryl Connick was excited when she heard there was a new BBQ place opening up here in Alameda. So last Sunday she and her family ventured out to Alameda South Shore Center to give the Best Lil’ Porkhouse a try. Here’s her review.

AC Transit and Alameda police are investigating a fatal collision with a pedestrian that occurred Thursday evening. Friends identified the victim as Sam Sause, 78, of Alameda.