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, our weekly headline review. Here’s your news for this week.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department showcased the best the Island has to offer during its Everything Alameda celebration Saturday in Washington Park. The brand-new event showcased local museums, clubs, businesses and performers, offering kids' activities, water demonstrations and a special celebration commemorating the 60th anniversary of the parks department's day camp program.

The Park Street site that once served as home to Good Chevrolet will soon host a Walgreens and other retail shops – a hopeful sign to city leaders who want to see their plans to revitalize the city’s former Auto Row come to fruition. A group of local investors broke ground Monday on the new Alameda Station development. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2014.

What new developments are being built in Alameda, and what others are being considered by city leaders? The Alamedan has a map.

A decades-old conflict festering thousands of miles away took root on the steps of Alameda City Hall on Tuesday when more than a dozen protesters with an assortment of pro-Tibet groups forced the cancellation of a planned raising of China’s flag. The flag was to be raised during a ceremony conducted by the Alameda Sister City Association in front of City Hall to celebrate China’s National Day, which celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China. But it was canceled due to the protest.

The City Council gave Alameda police a green light Tuesday to pursue funding for systems that will photograph and store data on tens of thousands of license plates – but said they want clear policies for the storage and use of that data in place before they allow the department to buy them. City Manager John Russo said city staff will work on policies and will schedule a town hall meeting to discuss the privacy and civil liberties concerns that consideration of the automated license plate recognition systems have raised. A full tweet by tweet of Tuesday’s council meeting is here.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has said he’d like the next America’s Cup to be in the city. But Alameda City Manager John Russo wants event organizers to consider Alameda if that doesn’t work out.

The City Council will consider extending its joint use agreement for Alameda’s two high school swim centers to allow more time to work out a deal to renovate Encinal Swim Center. The council is being asked to decide October 15 how much longer they’re willing to allow city and school district staff to work toward an agreement on deal terms for renovating the swim center

News in brief(er): Alameda’s new Target store is set to open for business on Wednesday … Faction Brewing has opened on Alameda Point … Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, requiring California’s curriculum to detail the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement … Alameda Municipal power is giving away light bulbs … two women were airlifted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after a can of cooking spray exploded near their barbecue … and the East Bay Regional Park District is restoring the original footprint of Robert W. Crown State Beach.