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 weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

City staffers have been moving a mountain of paper this year to prepare Alameda Point for development in 2014. But on Saturday they mounted their bicycles, leading more than 100 cyclists on a three-hour tour intended to help them visualize the city’s plans.

Outrage over plans to set up a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol screening facility in the heart of West Oakland appears to have sparked concerns about a similar facility that has long operated on Alameda’s fringe. But both customs and company officials say that hazardous materials won’t be shipped to the Bobac facility.

According to local legend, the “Captain Al” settled into her watery grave sometime in the 1990s, sinking to the bottom of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary as her unknown owner was preparing to rend her for scrap. But on Monday the rusty, 105-foot-long steel tug saw daylight again, as crews manning a pair of passive cranes pried her from the estuary floor.

Leaders and parents from the Nea Community Learning Center pitched the Board of Education on renewing the school’s charter at the board’s meeting Tuesday night. District staff will offer a recommendation on whether to extend Nea’s charter on December 10, and the board is expected to consider a five-year renewal of the school’s charter on December 17.

City Council members are calling for more transparency as the city selects developers for Alameda Point, saying the public should be given more of an opportunity for involvement in the process. But Mayor Marie Gilmore said the alternatives being proposed wouldn’t be welcomed by developers, and she characterized the apparent dispute over the city’s developer selection process as a stumbling block that council members can’t seem to get past.

Merchants who want to take their advertising to the streets will soon have the city’s permission. On Tuesday night, the City Council signaled their approval of a sign ordinance allowing for freestanding “A-frame” signs in front of businesses throughout the city.

The Bay Bridge troll has a sibling – whose address is right here in Alameda. For nearly a quarter century, the second troll has adorned the lobby of Rigging International. But this week the trolls were reunited, when the original joined his sibling in an exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California.

An opening reception for artist Dawn Leigh’s “Espressions and More,” paintings made using coffee, will be held at Spritzers from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, November 9.

News in brief(er): The city opened its remodeled permit center this week … and A.G. Ferrari Foods has purchased a building in the Harbor Bay Business Park.