The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of Sue Lim.

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

Alameda resident Sue Lim is a parent of two who works as a chemist for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. A longtime rowing enthusiast, she is a member of the all-woman Ketos whaleboat racing team, which competed in February at the Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships.

What new developments are being built in Alameda, and what others are being considered by city leaders? We've updated our development map.

Housing advocates are asking the city to consider new rules that could control the rise of rents. They’re asking city leaders to commit to creating rent stabilization rules in a new housing blueprint that’s going through a public approval process now.

A New York-based foundation has rescinded a major grant it awarded to Alameda in December, marking a setback in the city’s disaster preparedness efforts. The city announced Tuesday that the Rockefeller Foundation had withdrawn a promised “resilience” grant.

San Francisco-based author Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, stopped by the Alameda Free Library on Tuesday for some April Fool's day fun. Handler and Oakland writer Mac Barnett entertained an audience of about 200 and Handler signed books, the best known of which are his "Series of Unfortunate Events."

News in brief(er): Firefighters cleaned up a diesel spill in Ballena Bay … a host of Tiffany treasures will soon be for sale at an Alameda auction house … and members of an Alameda-based U.S. Coast Guard unit rescued a trio of sailors off the coast of Panama.