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

Alameda’s adult literacy program, Alameda Reads, is gearing up for its anniversary celebration. In honor of learner and tutor accomplishments, Alameda Reads will hold a celebration from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 23 at the Alameda Free Library’s main branch.

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This letter was submitted to The Alamedan for publication.

To the members of the Alameda City Council and Planning Board,

One of the most basic differences in ways to exercise is whether to exercise with others or alone.

As promised, we’ve posted videos featuring (almost) all of your mayoral, City Council and school board candidates today. It’s our effort to give you a more personal sense of who your candidates are. Our candidate videos – and all of our election coverage – is available on The Alamedan’s Election 2014 page.

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

Members of the City Council voted Tuesday to abandon plans to create a city-sponsored rents task force, opting instead to allow a local attorney to lead a community-based process to explore concerns about rising rents.

Alameda's City Council narrowly voted down a proposal to form a city-sponsored task force to examine the nature and impact of rent increases, instead opting to adopt a surprise proposal to proceed with an informal community process. That and more, in tweets.

Today I'm excited to present your local school and city candidates' responses to our Election 2014 candidate questionnaires. You can find candidates' responses to questions in the candidate questionnaire section of our Election 2014 page.

As a longtime member of the Harbor Bay Club, a strong supporter of the proposed new Harbor Bay Club and resident within the Headlands development of Harbor Bay Isle, I am very frustrated with the many misrepresentations that those who are opposed to the club have been stating regarding a number of topics. But specifically for this letter, I want to speak about traffic.

There is nothing quite like pain to concentrate the mind. We share this trait with all other living beings. There is nothing that will take your mind off the mundane facts of life and nail it into one place than an action like poking oneself in the eye.

In honor of learner and tutor accomplishments, Alameda Reads will hold a celebration from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 23 at the Alameda Free Library’s main branch.