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 what happened this week.

Alameda lost a high-profile grant that was supposed to help the Island bounce back from a disaster. E-mails obtained by The Alamedan offer new information detailing how it happened.

Alameda's Board of Education is considering a bond program to upgrade its school facilities. Here are the school board's questions about the proposed bond structure, and answers from the district's bond advisor, Vincent McCarley; meanwhile, our school bond explainer is here.

Preservationists have dropped a lawsuit that threatened to undo a complex cash and land swap deal between the city, the school district and the Alameda Housing Authority. The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society was asked an Alameda County Superior Court judge to dismiss their lawsuit Monday following a conference call between the lawyers involved in the case, president Christopher Buckley said Monday.

A quiet race for the 18th Assembly District seat translated into a polite – if predictably partisan – debate Tuesday during a League of Women Voters forum. Challenger David Erlich, who has never held public office, admitted that he decided to run because incumbent Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, had no other challengers.

Alameda’s two high schools could be the focus of a bond the Alameda Board of Education is considering for the November ballot. The school district’s just-released draft facilities plan details $590.6 million in upgrades that families, teachers and community members say are needed over the next 10 to 15 years.

Nearly 10 months since the initial announcement heralding a new, upscale wine and tapas place on Park Street, Wine and Waffles is open for business - and business is booming. Food columnist Denise Shelton’s review is here.

News in brief(er): Alameda firefighters responded to three blazes in 16 hours … and the annual Asian and Pacific Islander Festival is set to take place Sunday.


Submitted by Daniel Davenport (not verified) on Sun, May 25, 2014

Dear Michelle:

Nice writing. I like the "broad brush" title too.