Welcome to a fresh edition of The Broad Brush, our weekly two-sentence news review. We’ve got a lot to share with you this week, so let’s get started.
On Tuesday, Alameda’s City Council made what some see as an historic decision to permit multifamily housing in some areas of the Island – something that hasn’t been allowed since voters okayed Measure A in 1973. Proponents called the decision, which was part of an effort to demonstrate to the state that Alameda has enough properly zoned land available to meet local housing needs, a victory for families seeking more affordable housing. But opponents said they fear Alameda’s leaders have opened the door for rampant development that the Island can’t support.
Speaking of development, city leaders on Wednesday celebrated the groundbreaking for the Alameda Landing development behind the Posey Tube, an effort that’s been seven years in the making. A new Target store that will anchor a 291,000-square-foot shopping center is slated to open its doors in October 2013, while the first of an expected 250 to 270 homes should be built by early- to mid-2014.
Upcoming: On Monday, the Planning Board will discuss guidelines for bicycle paths, parking and other bike facilities. They’ll meet at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers at City Hall … and the Alameda Health Care District Board is set to approve a budget for Alameda Hospital, a few weeks into the district’s fiscal year. They’ll meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the hospital’s Dal Cielo Conference Room.
News in brief(er): Alameda Patch reported Thursday that the 15-year-old driver who crashed a car July 6 on Bay Farm Island remains in critical condition; the five teenage passengers in the car have all been released from the hospital … librarian and freelance writer Theo Karantsalis has obtained records on a 1973 jet crash into an Alameda apartment building … and the Oakland Tribune reports that Jerry Brown has appointed City Councilwoman Beverly Johnson as deputy director of the state Office of Administrative Law, which reviews administrative regulations for more than 200 state agencies. Johnson, a family lawyer who has had a solo practice since 2000, will earn $124,236 a year after earning state Senate confirmation.