The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of the Alameda Police Department.

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

Parents and schools staffers are making a renewed push for better security at Alameda schools following a pair of on-campus incidents over the past few weeks. The push comes after a February 13 break-in at Bay Farm School that left a kindergarten classroom in disarray and a February 23 incident at Edison Elementary in which a “confused and agitated” man who police said was on drugs allegedly grabbed an employee in the school’s office, tried to steal employees’ property and fought with police who came to arrest him.

The City Council considered leasing a waterfront site that could be home to the first construction project at Alameda Point – a maintenance and operations center for the Bay Area’s public ferry service. On Tuesday, the council considered offering initial approval of a 60-year lease granting the Water Emergency Transportation Authority a spot on West Hornet Avenue to build its planned four-story Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Center.

Traveling on foot or bicycle through the tunnels that connect Alameda’s West End with downtown Oakland is a loud, soot-covered experience, and commute hour car traffic can be a hassle. But shuttle services provided by the City of Alameda and developers looking to fulfill their responsibility to manage tube traffic provide another option.

A few months ago, I received an exciting phone call: I’d been selected as one of a half dozen teens and women to be honored this month by Girls Inc. of the Island City as one of its Women Who Dare. The awards luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue, Alameda Point. Tickets are $60 and are available online, and the money supports Girls Inc. of the Island City’s programs, which range from science to sports and self-defense. This year’s theme is Risk, Resiliency, and Reward.

Gone are the days when our sleepy Island rolled up the sidewalks at sundown and the only action to be found on Park Street was the jukebox at the Buckhorn. Nights in Alameda are now alive and buzzing with unique events and creative gatherings all over town, just waiting for folks to venture out and join in on some good ol’ fashioned fun.

News in brief(er): The head of Alameda’s firefighters union blasted Mayor Trish Spencer for voting against seeking bids to build a new, mid-Island fire station … a group of Encinal High School students honored Martin Luther King Jr. with a march and film viewing … Students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School received a visit from a famed ocean explorer … police arrested a suspected sailboat burglar in the Oakland-Alameda Estuary … and an Alameda woman is one of two people suspected of stealing 20 cars in Hayward.