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 Alameda week in review. Here’s your Island news for this week.

The San Leandro Bay Bridge – better known to locals as the Bay Farm Island bridge – will be getting a bit of a facelift. The car bridge will be closed nights starting in October. The bike bridge, meanwhile, will be shuttered for some daytime and some evening hours.

A former college professor and newcomer to Alameda has been chosen as the new member of Alameda's Board of Education. Philip Hu, an assistant general manager for Public Employees Union Local 1, has lived on the Island for only seven months. But he won the trustee’s post Tuesday night after another finalist, Jane Grimaldi, withdrew from the race.

We asked the 10 finalists for the job some questions about what they’d do if selected for the seat; nine responded. Their responses are here.

Last fall, the City Council passed on a proposal to create a city-sponsored rents task force whose charge would have included collecting data on the Island’s rental market. So City Councilman Tony Daysog, who had favored the task force proposal, decided to collect some of that information on his own.

Got plans for Valentine’s Day? If not, look no further: We’ve got the 411 on where you and your sweetie can enjoy a special dinner, a few glasses of wine or some sweet treats, right here on the Island.

News in brief(er): Tesla apparently tested its Model X out at Alameda Point. Here’s a video … police have lodged fresh charges against a man accused of setting a string of arson fires in September and another who was arrested and later cleared ... one person was injured in a townhome fire … and Alameda native Julian DeGuzman performs in “Newsies”.