The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

A rainbow flag flutters over City Hall in support of gay marriage. Photo by Michele Ellson.

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

City leaders on Tuesday will consider a plan to replace the vestiges of Alameda’s former Auto Row with a pedestrian- and transit-friendly array of shops and housing, in the hope of restoring some of the sales tax revenue the city lost when the car dealers traded in Park Street for freeway frontage. The City Council is set to discuss development and design rules covering northern Park Street and its environs that are aimed at boosting investment.

New information about a former dump at Alameda Point that’s contaminated with radium and a host of other toxic chemicals could prompt changes in the controversial plan to clean it up. But the Navy’s proposed changes would do little to reduce the amount of hazardous waste buried in the dump, which fronts onto San Francisco Bay.

Tucked away among a row of homes in Bayport, on a stretch of green courtyard that doesn’t see much in the way of pedestrian traffic, sits a cream-and-terracotta box atop a short steel pole. Inside the box is an eclectic array of books - crime novels, children’s books, how-to manuals, and self-help are stacked side-by-side. This little library in front of Kristy Gray’s home is part of worldwide movement that has now spread to all 50 states and at least 36 countries.

News in brief(er): A fire on Tuesday on Park Street displaced six, injured a fireman and caused $1 million in damage … a website has been set up to take donations for a family displaced by a fire last week … a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of the person or persons who shot and killed an Alameda man who was defending his mother-in-law during a robbery … Alameda city officials hoisted a rainbow flag at City Hall this week to support gay marriage … and a former priest extradited to Ireland to face child abuse charges has been freed from jail. He had lived in Alameda ... ... the High Street Bridge was closed Wednesday night for emergency repairs ... and janitorial workers staged a noisy contract rally outside Safeway at Alameda South Shore Center on Thursday.