Michele Ellson

City Council members opted early Wednesday to move forward with a set of recommendations for strengthening the city committee that mediates rent disputes – and, over the objections of Mayor Trish Spencer, to consider gathering data on the rent market here and in other cities to inform discussion about additional steps the city could take to protect renters. Read more >> about Council takes steps on rents issues

Michele Ellson

The City Council tacked rising rents on Tuesday. Here's what the council did and what you had to say about it. Read more >> about Tuesday Night in Alameda: Rents review

Growing Up in Alameda: Happy Days and the Fonz

Our first encounter with Fred “the Fonz” Gaspar took place kitty corner from Alameda High School at Rider’s Drive-In, which was at Oak Street and Central Avenue. Fred was 10 years older, drove a ‘48 Ford pickup and had a reputation that scared us to death. He was a fighter and a motorcycle racer, the epitome of COOL. Truly, we were the “Happy Days” prototype, 17 years before the TV show aired. (I was a jock, but more the Richie character.) Read more >> about Growing Up in Alameda: Happy Days and the Fonz

Michele Ellson

When the federal government shut Naval Air Station Alameda's doors, in 1997, the prevailing wisdom was that cleanup of the toxics the Navy left behind would be complete in a few years, for less than $100 million. Eighteen years and more than a half billion dollars later, the cleanup team working to clear and contain contamination at the federal Superfund site. Read more >> about MAP: Key Alameda Point cleanup sites

Amblin' Alameda: What women shouldn't want

One of Alameda's many outstanding features is its location. We sit in the very center of the action in the San Francisco Bay area; draw a circle around us 10 miles in diameter and everything important is within it. On Sunday we took advantage of our proximity to The City of Fog to have brunch with a friend followed by a matinee (and I think premiere) performance of "The Cable Car Nymphomaniac," a musical by Tony Asaro and Kirsten Guenther. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: What women shouldn't want

Michele Ellson

The onetime leader of the College of Alameda, the head of Alameda Little League and no fewer than three onetime school board members are among the nearly two dozen people who have applied to fill the remainder of Mayor Trish Spencer’s term on the school board.

Candidates will be able to make their pitch at a public meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Island High School. At that meeting, the school board will pick finalists for the position. Read more >> about School board opening draws nearly two dozen applicants

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

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

The developer behind one of the most prominent, most litigated projects in Alameda has restarted the permit application process. Some key details have changed since his last push, according to newly available documents. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds