The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

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

This year’s tour highlighting toxic cleanup efforts at Alameda Point forsook the technological whiz-bang of prior years’ cross-base bus rides for a more prosaic sight: A gaggle of Caspian terns perched on a sand bar in a restored wetland area. The two dozen or so regular Point watchers who attended Saturday’s tour posed for a photograph. Then they got back on the bus, where several raised questions and offered comments that laid plain their continuing concerns about the adequacy of the Navy’s cleanup efforts.

The Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors unanimously picked Kathryn Sáenz Duke on Wednesday to replace Jordan Battani – at least for the next few months. Duke will hold the seat at least through the November election, when voters will decide whether she will complete the second half of Battani’s four-year term.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone federal property near Crab Cove for park use – and to remove contested language from a companion measure council members said was designed to spell out what the council will do if the city is sued over the zoning change. Proponents of the ballot measure to rezone 3.9 acres of federal property near Crab Cove for park use cried foul over the city-drafted companion measure that would have given the City Council the power to put their initiative on ice.

Meanwhile, here’s the tweet by tweet action.

Alameda’s property values are rising. Here’s a graphic.

Should Alameda have one comprehensive high school or two? That’s one of the main questions facing schools leaders as their proposed $179.5 million facilities bond heads toward a November vote.

A new addition to the renaissance of eateries that the former Gold's Gym strip of businesses on Encinal Avenue enjoys is Sidestreet Pho, a restaurant that gives a tip of the hat to pre-war Vietnamese street cuisine. Here’s our review.

News in brief(er): Local Phyllis Diller fans have organized a day to celebrate her … the yacht where a Google executive was killed is for sale in an Alameda marina … the Bay Breeze is back on the water … and a group of government agencies has lifted a sunken vessel from the Oakland/Alameda Estuary.