The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

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

On the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue, The Pampered Pup has been offering up hot dogs to hungry Alamedans since 1967. The restaurant, which shut down when owner Pak Yu died of cancer, reopened Friday.

East Bay Regional Park District representatives and their supporters voiced their continued opposition Wednesday to a proposed housing development on property the park district had hoped to purchase for an expansion of Crab Cove. And a city staffer acknowledged the park district may have found a way to stop the project in its tracks.

Bay Area housing and transportation planners are finalizing a new regional development strategy that could channel badly needed dollars into future development efforts at Alameda Point and Alameda’s Northern Waterfront, though city staffers fear it may not be enough. The Plan Bay Area, which aims to slow suburban sprawl in favor of townhomes and apartments near jobs, shops and transit, could be approved by the regional bodies that created it this summer.

Elliott Gorelick, the critic of Alameda Hospital who voters placed in a seat on the hospital’s board, says he is resigning. Elected in 2010 after several attempts at earning a hospital board seat, Gorelick, a pharmacist, said he thought Alamedans weren’t well served by the hospital and that it should be shut down.

Twenty-nine years ago, Fred Chacon came to Alameda in search of a job – and better weather. Chacon, who has been responsible for of much of the local theater scene, retires from Alameda High this week.

Alameda's 47th Annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest was this past Saturday at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. If you missed out on the fun, here's a five-minute video tour of this year's entries.

News in brief(er): Alameda took possession of 1,379 acres of Alameda Point this week … and comment on the Posey Tube retrofit project is open through Monday.