The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of the California Progress Report.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda Rotary’s Interact clubs were designed to train future Rotarians – and to provide local high schoolers with opportunities to contribute to their community, both locally and globally. The Alamedan’s video on the clubs is here.

A few weeks ago, The Alamedan posted this map showing 500 locations where the city will be repairing sidewalks, through the middle of next year. The map generated a number of questions about the city's repair program; answers are here.

City leaders will be asking state and federal lawmakers for more money to develop Alameda Point, construct bike and walking trails and equip the Island’s public safety forces, and they have hired a former top state legislator to help make the city’s case. The council okayed a new state and federal legislative agenda for 2014, along with a contract that will put former Alameda representative and state Senate leader Don Perata to work on the city’s behalf up in Sacramento.

The Rockefeller Foundation will be helping Alameda draft plans to bounce back quickly from a natural disaster. The Island was one of 33 cities from across the world and four in the Bay Area picked to receive grant money and assistance in creating the plans through the foundation’s new 100 Resilient Cities network.

Residents and business owners in the new Alameda Landing development may pay thousands of dollars more in taxes for roads, sewers and police protection than their other Island neighbors. The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to move forward on a pair of proposed special districts encompassing the Alameda Landing development that, if approved, would allow the city to levy additional taxes to pay for the facilities and services.

Our tweet-by-tweet rundown on the rest of the council’s decisions is here.

Alameda middle school teacher Ellen Plotkin Mulholland recently published her second novel, Birds on a Wire. The Alamedan’s Q&A is here.

Alameda police issued 420 tickets during a two-week period of increased enforcement, September 24-October 8. Here are some vital stats from that effort.

The Alameda Theatre has had many lives over its 81-year tenancy in the heart of the Island. One of them – a former dance clubs where Alameda’s young punks and goths once gathered – is being celebrated Saturday at the Pacific Pinball Museum. The museum is hosting a reunion for patrons of the club, The Twilight Zone, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission for the all-ages event is $15, and proceeds from the event will be used to fight Ewing’s sarcoma.

Where can you donate a warm coat, food or toys this holiday season? The Alamedan has put together a color-coded map showing you where donation barrels have been placed across the Island.

The head of Alameda’s electric company is moving on to a new job after a half dozen years at the helm. Alameda Municipal Power General Manager Girish Balchandran, who has been widely praised for extracting the utility from its failed telecom venture and for initiating efforts to pull the utility into a higher-tech future, will head Riverside Public Utilities, a much larger municipal utility.

News in brief(er): An Alameda woman was one of three Good Samaritans honored for rescuing four people from a car sinking into the Oakland/Alameda Estuary … the Bank of Marin’s acquisition of the Bank of Alameda is complete … and the city is kicking off a “shop local” campaign at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday. Free reusable shopping bags will be given out beginning at 4:30 p.m.