The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Video by Donna Eyestone.

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

The Spin Doctors Yo-Yo Club, also known as Spindox, is Alameda’s own yo-yo club. Donna Eyestone caught club members up to their old (and new) tricks in this video.

City Councilman Tony Daysog is considering a run for another office: The Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. George Miller. Daysog, who announced his plans to explore a run in an e-mail to reporters Friday, said he’s going to talk with residents in the 11th Congressional district to gauge their feelings about being represented by someone who doesn’t live in their district and decide in mid-March whether to run.

A local judge has dismissed a wrongful termination suit lodged by the city’s former top administrator, closing the book on a tumultuous period at City Hall that saw an exodus of top staff and a flurry of claims and lawsuits. Alameda County Superior Court Judge John M. True III ruled that the City Council’s 2010 decision not to renew Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant’s contract and to put her on paid administrative leave for its final three months did not constitute a wrongful termination.

City Hall is better organized, the city is greener than ever before and Alameda Point will soon see development after a 17-year wait, Mayor Marie Gilmore said Tuesday during her annual State of the City address. Gilmore's address recounted the city’s progress during the past three years that she has served as Alameda's mayor.

In her State of the City speech Tuesday, Mayor Marie Gilmore signaled her eagerness to start redeveloping the Alameda Naval Air Station after a 17-year wait. While the city has secured the deeds to hundreds of acres of land and cleared a slew of planning hurdles in an effort to speed development, a key task remains: Figuring out how to tame the traffic that 1,400 new homes and hoped-for new businesses, shops and restaurants could create.

In the two years since Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter took the keys to the city's animal shelter - saving it from closure - the nonprofit has boosted the number of animals it serves, improved conditions and raised more money than the group needed to pay its share of running the shelter. We’ve got the shelter’s vital stats for 2013 in this graphic.

Alamedans reported roughly the same number of crimes in 2013 that they did the year before, newly released data show, after two years of seeing crime numbers decline. Police received 2,079 reports of violent and property crime in 2013, compared with 2,069 in 2012, uniform crime reporting data released by the Alameda Police Department show.

News in brief(er): An Alameda police sergeant has been named to the state peace officers’ commission … and Pacific Pinball Museum is hosting a Pinball Prom.