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 in Alameda this week.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this October, honored three Alameda-based businesses at its 2015 Innovation Awards ceremony on February 19 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), a company started in 1992 by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, received an Innovation Award for engineering and design, while Abbott Diabetes Care, a company with a history spanning more than a century, was honored in the life sciences category. A third Island business, Natel Energy, was named a finalist in the clean tech category.

City Council members voted Tuesday to abandon a proposed moratorium on development applications that seek a break on Measure A and other development standards to help facilitate construction of affordable housing. Instead, city staffers will work to clarify the city’s rules for granting the waivers – and will also begin looking at ways to make sure developers don’t build more homes than the land set aside to accommodate housing development can realistically handle.

Park Street has become home to a growing assortment of eateries and drinking establishments, but it lacked a brewery where hops lovers could enjoy some high quality suds. But that space is now being ably filled by the brand-new Alameda Island Brewing Company.

News in brief(er): Planning Board members were critical of a proposal to build 58 townhomes on a Clement Avenue site that now holds a trip of warehouses.