The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

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

Housing advocates say they’d like the city to consider allowing the construction of more housing than what’s now on tap for Alameda Point, while members of a group that oversees the environmental cleanup there said they want the potential impacts of contaminants there to be explored. Housing advocates told the Planning Board on Monday that they want the city to study the impacts of 4,500 new homes at the former Navy base, the same number the city’s former master developer for the base, SunCal Companies, had proposed.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee kicked off her new job as Alameda’s representative in the House on Monday by announcing plans to help constituents who are having issues with the federal government. Lee’s office will hold office hours at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Parents at Wood Middle School asked the school board Tuesday to consider putting the Alameda Community Learning Center somewhere else next year, while some school board members said more needs to be done to support the middle school. Some school board members asked if the school district could stop taking $1.5 million a year in federal funds that come with requirements to restructure or close schools that don’t meet test score targets, but Superintendent Kirsten Vital said Wood’s current scores are “not acceptable.”

The United States Coast Guard is seeking to expand security in the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. The Coast Guard says the new security zones are tied to changes in security requirements that followed the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen more than a dozen years ago.

Alamedans said they are hopeful that the Boy Scouts of America will approve a proposed policy released by the national organization this week that would lift the mandatory ban and put the decision to accept gay scouts and scout leaders into local council and troop hands. The existing no-gays policy has proven increasingly costly for local troops, as parents shy away from joining and organizations that once backed them are pulling away.

A string of drowning deaths over the last few months on Northern California beaches has prompted the United States Coast Guard, National Park Service and East Bay SPCA to launch a campaign to keep beach lovers – and particularly, beach-loving dog owners – safe when they stroll alongside the waves. Their message to dog owners: Resist the urge to jump into the water even if your dog appears to be struggling, because they are more likely to make it out of the water safely than you are.

News in brief(er): An Alameda man is suing the Boy Scouts, alleging he was sexually abused by a Vacaville scout master 30 years ago … Homeless people in Alameda and across the county were tallied this week … a man who surrendered in an Alameda grocery store after allegedly shooting and killing seven people in a storefront Oakland college is being sent to a state psychiatric hospital for treatment … the family of a man who was struck and killed by a car after Alameda police towed his car is suing the city … and an Alameda-based Coast Guard cutter seized more than a ton of marijuana off the San Diego coast.