The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Last week’s BART strike forced tens of thousands of Bay Area commuters to find other ways to get to work. Here in Alameda, most packed themselves onto ferries – the most advertised alternative for transit-takers – or hopped on transbay buses, while some Island residents lined up for the casual carpool, which carpoolers say is the cheapest and fastest way to get into San Francisco.

Alameda’s Planning Board approved the design of the remainder of a Target-anchored shopping center that’s being built near the Webster Tube – the final administrative approval the project needed before construction could start. The Target store is under construction and slated to open in October, and developer Catellus is hoping the remainder of the shopping center will be open for business in the summer of 2014.

An attorney, two nurses and a political staffer are among the half-dozen people who have applied for the Alameda Health Care District Board seat vacated by Alameda Hospital critic Elliott Gorelick – a job whose description could see some dramatic changes if a proposed affiliation deal with the county’s medical system is finalized.
The board is slated to interview the candidates and appoint a new member at a special meeting to be held on July 18.

Artemis Racing held a long-awaited media tour of their base at Alameda Point. But a jury’s decision to scotch rule changes could knock the Alameda-based team out of the America’s Cup.

City planners and AC Transit representatives proposed what they believe are improvements to the Route 51A bus line running through Alameda and Oakland at a community workshop Tuesday, but the reception from residents and businesses located in the path of the bus line was far from favorable. City and public transit representatives said these changes should result in safer passage for pedestrians as well as faster travels times and less pollution due to fewer idling buses. But participants at Tuesday’s workshop begged to differ.

News in brief(er): The Peralta Community College District, which includes the College of Alameda, has been taken off an accreditor’s watch list … police are looking for suspects involved in a home invasion robbery on Pacific Avenue … and Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, authorizing pay raises for 95,000 state workers.