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BART is shutting down transbay service this weekend to perform work on its tracks. So how will you get around?

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

In this week’s Development Alert, we’ve got hearing dates for the Del Monte development project, finalists to develop a commercial campus (or outlet mall) at Alameda Point and some updates on plans and projects to come.

Incumbent BART director Robert Raburn is facing two challengers – Alameda City Councilwoman Lena Tam, who also serves as the East Bay Municipal Utility District water resources planning manager; and Larry Lionel Young Jr., a teacher and Realtor from Oakland. Meanwhile, Elsa Ortiz is running unopposed to keep her Ward 3 directorship on the AC Transit board.

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

As a two-time performer at Carnegie Hall, former honors soloist for the Colorado and Stanford Suzuki Institute, and second-place winner of the 2014 American Protégé Competition for Piano and Strings, Alameda cellist Isabelle Brown-Lyden has the resume of a professional – and she’s just 12 years old. Brown-Lyden started playing when she was 4 and performing when she was 5.

BART’s leaders could ask voters for money to help them pay for new train cars and to modernize the rail line’s stations, Alameda’s BART board director told local Kiwanians during a luncheon Wednesday.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is hosting an Alameda Community Garden Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at the in-progress Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, at the corner of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue. The department is seeking volunteers who can weed, mulch, build planter boxes and compost bins, paint and assist with signage. Lunch will be provided. Children are invited to attend with an adult. Tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring work gloves.

Crews clean up the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Photo by Jeff Heyman.

Veteran seaman Fred Joyce said he goes to the Oakland Yacht Club to share sailing and racing stories with friends like Jim Jessie, a club member for more than 50 years, and Christa Schreiber. All three agreed there’s something special about the Oakland Yacht Club, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Monday’s fact-finding hearing on a threatened AC Transit strike offered a stark contrast between the East Bay bus system’s labor dispute and the one that has raged between BART workers and the regional rail line’s managers.

Leaders at BART's two biggest unions and its top manager announced tentative contract accords Monday night as the fourth day of workers' most recent strike drew to a close.

The BART strike is entering its fourth day on Monday. Here's the latest on who's involved, what's happening and what you can do to get around.