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 are your headlines.

About 300 volunteers showed up for an old-fashioned park raising Saturday at the future Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, to weed, mulch, paint a mural and build planter boxes and compost bins for a future community garden at the 22-acre park. Donna Eyestone stopped by and captured this video of Saturday's event.

Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for California on Friday, and he's urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent. Here's a list of water-saving tips.

Oakland’s plans for thousands of new homes and jobs could be both a blessing and a curse for Alameda. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major projects under consideration and development.

Mary Rudge, Alameda’s longtime poet laureate, has died. Friends described Rudge as a woman who gave tirelessly to her community, raised a family and practiced her art in the face of incredible personal obstacles, traveling the world to spread her message of peace and working locally to boost literacy and access to her chosen form of expression.

Plans are underway to convert a weed-infested dirt lot in West Alameda into fields of dreams for the city’s youth sports teams. The City Council took the first step toward the rehabilitation of Estuary Park on Tuesday night by hiring landscape design firm Verde Design to begin creating the look of the park, on a $174,000 contract.

This Friday may be the last time local newspaper readers hear the familiar thwap of the Alameda Journal hitting their porches. As of January 31, paper copies of the Journal and four other East Bay weeklies will only be available to people who have paid for subscriptions to the Oakland Tribune or West County Times newspapers, according to a flyer distributed inside the Journal’s January 10 edition.

Alameda Point’s Spirits Alley is about to get a little more spirited. The City Council is poised to grant a lease to New Jersey-based distiller and importer Proximo Spirits for half of a Monarch Street airplane hangar that’s also occupied by a brewery.

Watching the news, “the faltering economy, the Occupy Movement, the 99 percent” resonated with artist Gabriele Bungardt, inspiring her to create “American Working Man,” a series of more than a dozen acrylic paintings, all completed since 2012. These works are on display at Spritzers Café through February 20.

News in brief(er): The American Lung Association gave Alameda a ‘B’ in its annual tobacco report.