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

Arthur Weil knows the face of hate. Weil, a former history teacher and Holocaust survivor, spoke before an audience Saturday on the U.S.S. Hornet Museum.

City leaders are set to develop an Island-wide plan to address what one city staffer identified as “the single most debated issue” generated by new development – traffic.

Bike Walk Alameda produced this video to show cyclists ways of riding safely on Alameda's streets.

Every day, a large, white bus stops in front of Donald Hull’s High Street home.

Updated at 11:52 a.m. Friday, October 18

BART workers went on strike Friday, shutting down the rail line after a week of late-night sessions overseen by a federal mediator failed to produce new contracts.

BART's unions said they were calling the strike over proposed changes to work rules that they said are needed to protect workers and the rail line's top manager said are needed to run BART more effectively and efficiently. Both they and BART's managers blamed each other for what both sides know will be an unpopular move.

The Bay Bridge’s temporary closure earlier this month was a minor inconvenience for most. But it was an exasperating headache for Treasure Island residents, who relied on sparse shuttle buses and ferries to transport them on and off of the island that weekend. The closure and its impacts raised a critical question for Island residents: Could all of Alameda’s bridges and the Posey and Webster tubes become impassable in an emergency, stranding Island residents?

Alameda’s commuters will need to find a different way to get across the Bay this week, when Caltrans shuts down the Bay Bridge in order to connect the new eastern span. The shutdown commences at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and the bridge is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 3 - a move that will affect the more than 280,000 motorists who traverse the bridge each day.

Here's a quick rundown on your options for getting to San Francisco and back.

Governor Jerry Brown's request that a San Francisco Superior Court judge prohibit BART workers from striking for 60 days laid out the impacts of BART's four-day strike in July in terms of air quality, gas used and more. Here are some of the impacts of the BART strike as cited in the court filing, by the numbers.

Photo from the BART blog.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 9

Governor Jerry Brown has asked a court to put a threatened BART strike on hold for 60 days if BART workers and management are unable to reach a contract deal by Sunday.

AC Transit's managers reached a contract deal with drivers and mechanics late Tuesday night, averting a strike that was set to being at 12:01 a.m. today. As a result, buses will arrive as scheduled for AC Transit's 181,000 riders across the East Bay and on the Peninsula.

The deal, which still needs to be ratified by members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, gives the union's members a 9.5 percent raise over three years. Meanwhile, the drivers and mechanics union's leaders agreed to make increasing contributions toward their health care over the next three years, paying $70 a month in the first year of the contract and $180 a month by the third year.