The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to our first-of-the-year edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s City Council have granted early approval for a new housing development that will include homes that don’t comply with Measure A, despite a lawsuit that challenges an earlier decision that allows such development on a limited number of sites. The development on the site of a Chipman warehouse on Buena Vista Avenue would include 52 single family homes and 37 townhomes.

Alameda County is now enforcing a plastic bag ban that prohibits grocery and convenience stores from offering the bags and requires them to charge for paper bags sought by customers. The ban, which went into effect in 2012, affects a little over five dozen Island stores.

Encinal High’s School’s health center will be getting a new home that may expand to serve the middle school students that will be coming on campus next fall, with the aid of a $412,000 federal grant. The grant comes from a $200 million pot authorized by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

News in brief(er): A 22-year-old Alameda is recovering after being shot at a Hayward pizza parlor, apparently following a dispute at a bar … Alameda Police made a dozen drunk driving arrests during their recent “Avoid the 21” campaign … and the city is seeking the public’s input on its new website, which can be found at