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 your headlines for this week.

More than 100 people stopped by the Albert H. DeWitt Officer's Club on Saturday to tell the city how they think a new park to be built on the Alameda Belt Line's former rail yard should be designed. The city is offering a walk-through of the property on March 2 and will be taking comments via an online survey through February 22.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge will dismiss a lawsuit claiming the city was responsible for the Memorial Day 2011 drowning death of Raymond Zack off the shore of Robert W. Crown State Beach. Judge George C. Hernandez Jr. ruled Monday that the city didn’t have a legal duty to rescue Zack from San Francisco Bay or to purchase a rescue boat, train and certify firefighters for water rescue or call other agencies for help.

Storefronts lining portions of Alameda South Shore Center could adopt a more varied, Main Street look under new design guidelines approved by the Planning Board on Monday. The new guidelines are intended to make it easier for the shopping center’s owners, Jamestown Properties, to fill vacancies in the center’s interior, contract planner Kathleen Livermore told the Planning Board on Monday.

Alameda’s Board of Education will be taking a closer look at plans to start a middle school magnet on the Encinal High School campus this fall – plans that prompted a controversial proposal to move the Alameda Community Learning Center onto the Wood Middle School campus. The board will hold a workshop Tuesday to discuss the new “Junior Jets” program and its displacement of ACLC, a charter school serving students in grades 6-12 that has been on the Encinal campus for 18 years. Our Tweet by Tweet coverage of the meeting is here.

After finding out that they both lived in the Island city and had a passion for community building, Amanda Bruemmer and Janice Edwards decided they had to do something together to create a new sort of community in Alameda. So they decided to form the Alameda Backyard Growers, now an education and service nonprofit organization that is celebrating its three-year anniversary from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, February 17 at Alameda's Main Library.