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 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s public school parents have been pushing for security upgrades in the wake of a mass murder at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. and a rash of frightening incidents at schools here on the Island. School district officials said they’ve made some changes, but that voters will need to give them bond money to finance many of the upgrades parents want – a contention that doesn’t sit well with some who want fixes made sooner rather than later.

Harold Camping, the preacher and radio host who convinced thousands of followers that the world would come to an end in 2011, has died. He was 92. Camping had been in ill health for the past few years following a stroke; in a statement, Family Radio Network said he sustained a fall in his Alameda home on November 30 from which he was unable to recover.

The City Council agreed Tuesday to double VF Outdoor’s existing package of tax and fee breaks, to a maximum of $2 million, in exchange for a planned expansion that could nearly double the company’s Harbor Bay Business Park campus by the end of 2020 and increase its local workforce by more than a third. The council voted 4-0 to approve the tax breaks, after city staff touted a list of economic benefits of helping the company expand here. Full tweet by tweet coverage of the meeting is here.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of an Alameda-based seaman following a search and rescue mission in the Bering Sea, where the cutter he serves on was on a patrol assignment. Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died Wednesday in a Seattle hospital as the result of a head injury he sustained while helping to rescue five people from a fishing vessel near Amak Island, Alaska, a Coast Guard press release said.

Lan-Anh Truong has been in the nail trade for more than 20 years, both to pay the bills and because doing people’s nails is her art. But the chemicals in the products the Webster Street salon owner was using made her eyes red, and she frequently had difficulty breathing. Truong said she was excited to learn that Alameda County had started a program to help salon owners make their workplaces safer for workers and customers alike, and on Wednesday she and her salon, Leann’s Nails, were recognized as the first in the county to earn a “Healthy Nail Salon” designation.

News in brief(er): The union representing AC Transit's drivers and management have struck a tentative contract accord, their third, just two days before the end of a court-imposed cooling off period ... A widely admired Alameda High School teacher has died … Alameda South Shore Center will soon be home to a new Carter’s store … A man found guilty of killing Alamedan Dzuy Dunh Phan received a 75-year-to-life sentence … and an Alameda High School alum was sworn in as mayor of Oakley.