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 60-second week in review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Harbor Bay ferry riders who are struggling to find someplace to park may soon have new legal, on-street options. But some homeowners who live near the ferry terminal say they want better parking enforcement, not relaxed restrictions.

The Encinal Jets – and the Junior Jets – are about to become one big, happy family. This week, the school board considered whether to combine Encinal High School and the Junior Jets middle school program on the Encinal campus into a single school.

Alamedans who drive – and park – in Alameda will soon be free to leave their bags of change at home. The city is set to replace all 822 of its analog parking meters with digital meters that accept both change and credit cards.

For the past several months, the development and design consortium Alameda Point Partners has been working to refine its plan for Site A, a 68-acre waterfront plot that is proposed to one day hold 600,000 square feet of commercial uses, 15 acres of new parks – and 800 new homes. Development of Site A (or any portion of Alameda Point) can’t proceed unless four of the council’s five members agree to move forward. So if two council members have already said they oppose building homes at Alameda Point, what are the chances that the development will move forward?

If you’ve been wanting to become a Bay Area coffee connoisseur, Indie Coffee Passport East Bay can get you on your way, and a few Alameda cafes – Beanery, Wescafe and Beulah’s Bean Truck – are among the 22 cafes participating. That and more business news, in this week’s Alameda Business Buzz.

News in brief(er): AC Transit chief David Armijo reportedly quit just ahead of a meeting where board members were expected to consider firing him.