Alameda Fire Department

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

Police are saying no one was injured and no charges have been filed following a June 14 crash into the Starbucks at the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue.

A city ambulance service that provides non-critical transport of patients has passed its initial trial and is now part of the Alameda Fire Department, the City Council decided Tuesday night.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your Alameda news in brief. Here’s what happened this week.

Disabled servicemen and veterans competed in the four-day Valor Games Far West on Coast Guard Island. The Alamedan’s Donna Eyestone captured some of the competition in this video.

An early morning fire on the 1000 block of College Avenue injured two people and caused $180,000 worth of damage, firefighters said.

The city is moving forward with plans to construct a long-sought emergency operations center on former Alameda Belt Line property a block away from a mid-Island fire station.

A plan to use city money and borrowed funds to build a new Fire Station 3 was unveiled before the City Council on Tuesday night.

The city and the East Bay Municipal Utility District are holding a public meeting to discuss potential changes to Alameda’s private sewer lateral ordinance from 10 a.m. to noon March 27 in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. The ordinance details property owners’ responsibility for sewer lateral testing, repair, and replacement, particularly when a property is sold or transferred. The city’s current ordinance is available here.

Third grade students at Franklin Elementary School got a special visit from a member of the San Francisco 49ers football team on Friday.

How many ambulance runs did the Alameda Fire Department make in 2013, and what hospitals did they end up at? Answers in our handy graphic.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

The head of Alameda’s electric company is moving on to a new job after half a 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.