The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to The Broad Brush, our weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this short holiday week, and what’s coming up:

Alameda’s City Council on Tuesday nixed a request to reconsider the Planning Board’s April decision to deny a Webster Street gas station owner’s request to sell beer and wine at his to-be-expanded convenience store. Councilwoman Beverly Johnson asked whether the denial would seem arbitrary since several other shops have been allowed to sell alcohol, but Mayor Marie Gilmore said she opposed the alcohol sales out of concern that they’d jeopardize efforts to revamp the Webster commercial corridor.

Speaking of the Planning Board, they’ll have their first chance Monday to >weigh in on a proposed 278-unit housing development at Alameda Landing that would include 118 single-family homes, 136 townhomes and flats and a 24-unit apartment building. The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

News in brief(er): Alameda’s public school students made gains in standardized test scores, school district officials said; test results can be found here … A local couple accepted a plea deal admitting they stole more than $180,000 in child care payments and food stamps, the Oakland Tribune reported … the Alameda Food Bank has named Virginia Darrow as its Volunteer of the Year, honoring her for leading the food bank’s perishable food program at Christ Episcopal Church.