The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of Raintree Studios.

Welcome to our weekly installment of The Broad Brush, The Alamedan’s two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

City leaders are kicking the tires on a proposed jobs strategy for Alameda Point. The draft strategy calls on the city to clean up and to better market vacant buildings at the Point to business sectors that have already taken up residence there, though studies conducted for it acknowledge that the market may not yet support the cost of rejuvenating them.

Meanwhile, schools leaders are drafting a fresh plan to integrate technology into Alameda’s classrooms. District administrators said Measure A has given them the first real money they’ve had to spend on technology in years, though they also said the cost of bringing the district up to speed quickly would be much higher.

The city will be hosting its annual Hometown Holiday Celebration this Saturday, and this year the celebration will include an opportunity for residents to trade in their plastic grocery bags for a reusable one. The bag exchange is part of an effort to inform residents that the single-use bags are banned in Alameda County as of January 1, and grocery stores won’t be handing them out anymore.

News in brief(er): The Alameda County Transportation Commission is seeking a recount of ballots cast for and against Measure B1, which would have extended and increased a sales tax bump that funds transportation projects … City Hall is sporting a new holiday light display powered exclusively by wind and solar energy … Shay’s Café is closing after four years … and the Kiwanis Club of Alameda has honored local firefighters, offering a donation to the department’s Safety Town program.