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.

The onetime leader of the College of Alameda, the head of Alameda Little League and no fewer than three onetime school board members are among the nearly two dozen people who have applied to fill the remainder of Mayor Trish Spencer’s term on the school board. Finalists were to be selected Thursday.

When the federal government shut Naval Air Station Alameda's doors, in 1997, the prevailing wisdom was that cleanup of the toxics the Navy left behind would be complete in a few years, for less than $100 million. Eighteen years and more than a half billion dollars later, the cleanup team working to clear and contain contamination at the federal Superfund site. Here are some highlights.

City Council members opted early Wednesday to move forward with a set of recommendations for strengthening the city committee that mediates rent disputes – and, over the objections of Mayor Trish Spencer, to consider gathering data on the rent market here and in other cities to inform discussion about additional steps the city could take to protect renters.

Here’s our tweet by tweet of the action.

Alameda’s housing authority is preparing to open the wait list for its Section 8 rent voucher program next week, the first time in a dozen years new spots have been available. People who apply will face stiff competition for a spot on the list, while the lucky few who succeed in winning one will face a tough rental market.

Wander down the cozy hall of Park Street Plaza, and you’ll find a charming shop that Park Street Business Association has named its 2014 Retailer of the Year. Dandelion Flower Shop evolved from owner Karim Preuss’ little flower stand near Lauren’s Closet to a partnership named Poppy Red. That and more in Alameda Business Buzz.

News in briefer: An elderly Alameda has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with his wife’s death … and some 200 birds have been found dead in Alameda and elsewhere due to mystery goo found in San Francisco Bay.