The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your review of the latest headlines. Here’s what happened this week.

Founded in 2010, the International Rescue Group is an Alameda-based volunteer organization that provides aid to coastal communities suffering from natural disasters. Utilizing a network of boats cruising around the world and a purpose-built ship, the Thunderbird 2, the IRG can deliver fresh water, food, and medical supplies to communities who otherwise might have to wait many days or even weeks for help.

Alameda may be home to some of the toughest no-smoking rules in the country, but some are saying that the rules – which are supposed to protect the public from secondhand smoke – are failing to safeguard the public’s health as intended because they aren’t being enforced. The rules bar smoking in most of the Island’s public places, a fact advertised on signs and window stickers in shop windows along Park and Webster streets.

Former Alameda Point developer SunCal racked up a devastating series of losses over the past several years, including the loss of financial partner Lehman Brothers, the foreclosure of a 55,000-acre development in New Mexico and the loss of the Point projecy. But the company has learned to profit from the misfortunes it once faced.

News in brief(er): An Alameda man was arrested Thursday in connection with pot growing operations in Tracy … and a 35-year-old man who died on a reserve fleet ship at Alameda Point has been identified as Juan Lozaya of Oakland.