VF Outdoor

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

The City Council agreed Tuesday to double VF Outdoor’s existing package of tax and fee breaks, to a maximum of $2 million, in exchange for a planned expansion that could nearly double the company’s Harbor Bay Business Park campus by the end of 2020 and increase its local workforce by more than a third.

The council voted 4-0 to approve the tax breaks, after city staff touted a list of economic benefits of helping the company expand here. Councilman Stewart Chen was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

The City Council said yes to up to $1 million in tax breaks if VF Outdoor expands and no to AC Transit's plan to move a bus stop at Santa Clara and Willow. That and more in our tweet by tweet.

As VF Outdoor sets up shop in Alameda this month, they’ll become one of the largest private employers on the Island. And their new home will soon become the first corporate campus in the Bay Area to generate all of its own electricity.

“It’s really exciting to see a company come to Alameda and do more than they’re required to do,” Planning Board member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said when updated plans for the campus were presented to the board on June 25.