The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Welcome to today’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Department of Veterans Affairs officially took ownership of 624 acres of Alameda Point on Monday, which it hopes to transform into a new, one-stop medical and benefits center, a national cemetery and a wildlife preserve. The department hopes to secure money from Congress to build the $208.6 million project next year, and a staffer said they anticipate it will be open for business in 2018 or 2019.

Voters issued a stunning rebuke to Alameda’s incumbents Tuesday, sending City Councilman Stewart Chen and longtime school board trustee Mike McMahon packing. The race for the mayor’s seat was too close to call, though as of Friday evening challenger Trish Spencer held a slight lead over Mayor Marie Gilmore.

On a warm, dry November night, officials of the East Bay Municipal Utility District discussed plans to respond to the current drought by financially rewarding residents in Alameda and the district's other cities who save water and penalizing those who squander it. The meeting Wednesday, in Oakland, was the third in a series of four hearings designed to gather public comment on a rate plan that could go into effect if California does not get sufficient rainfall in November and December.

Letters to the Editor: One resident warned of a phone scam targeting seniors here in Alameda, while the organizer of a series of community forums intended to inform possible solutions to rent and eviction concerns has set some dates.

News in brief(er): An Oakland man has been arrested for stabbing his girlfriend, an Alameda-based flight attendant, to death …. the Don Grant track club is set to being next year … and two Alameda photographers who brought LGBTQ history to life are exhibiting at Encinal High School.