The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo by James Astwood.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence local news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a vegetation fire that occurred on the 2100 block of Shore Line Drive on Saturday evening, Alameda Fire Capt. Jim Colburn said this weekend. A reader sent us these pictures.

Paramedics with the Alameda Fire Department will soon be able to do more than ferry patients to the hospital and provide care on the trip there: They’ll also provide assistance to chronically ill patients after their hospital stay is over to make sure they are getting the care they need to avoid a return trip. Alameda is one of more than a dozen California agencies participating in a statewide community paramedicine pilot that could pave the way to expand paramedics’ services beyond what state law now permits them to do in an effort to improve care, reduce costs and take pressure off overcrowded emergency rooms.

The city has inked a tentative deal with its public safety unions to establish a trust fund to help cover its unfunded retiree health liability. Union members are to vote next week on amended contracts that include a new trust fund for retiree health benefits for Alameda's current police and fire employees; the City Council will consider the new contracts at an April 29 budget hearing.

Our full tweet by tweet rundown of Tuesday’s council meeting is here.

Authors of a new analysis claim that slow housing growth is a cause of rising rents, saying the nation’s least affordable housing markets are the ones where new housing permits are not keeping up with population growth. The analysis from home listing site Zillow says rental affordability is “as bad as it’s ever been in the U.S.” due in part to a lack of new, affordable units to meet demand.

Spring has sprung on the Island, making this great time to get out and ride a bike or take a leisurely stroll down our lovely tree-lined streets and picturesque avenues. It’s no secret Alameda offers an incredible variety of architecture and beachfront vistas to enjoy, but next time you’re out and about, slow down a bit and take a closer look at the amazing art that is all around us.

News in brief(er): The annual Alameda on Camera exhibit is set to open at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.