Author Archives: Irene

Sierra Club Opposes Tidelands Swap at Encinal Terminals

The Encinal Terminals Project is a planned development on an old shipping site along the Oakland Estuary behind the Del Monte building.  The project proposes to construct 589 residential units with commercial buildings, a park, a shoreline promenade, and a … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Proper Channels to Breakwater Beach

There has been a secretive effort by city staff to rename one of Alameda’s beaches.  It’s not only bad form, it’s a bad idea. Breakwater Beach is a small beach located at Alameda Point near the Navy’s former campground and … Continue reading

Posted in Alameda Point, Open Government, Parks and Open Space | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

AMP Leaves Alamedans in the Dark

Our electric company may be publicly owned, but public participation is down because it requires too much energy. In 2017, eight of the eleven monthly public utilities board meetings, including two with important workshops and presentations, have been or will … Continue reading

Posted in Open Government | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Rush to Judgments

The city clerk, in coordination with the city manager, routinely prepares the agenda for city council meetings.  There are times, however, when an individual councilmember would like to add an issue to the agenda.  When this occurs, the councilmember must … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

State Commission Nixes Harbor Bay Hotel Plan

On February 16, 2017, the state’s Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) — tasked with overseeing San Francisco Bay waterfront development — denied Mina Patel a permit to build a 98-room hotel at 2530 Harbor Bay Parkway, about a half-mile south of … Continue reading

Posted in Parks and Open Space | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sparks Fly over Utility Ballot Measure

The “Utility Modernization Act” (Measure K1) up for a vote this November seeks approval of two unrelated utility issues in a single ballot measure, presenting voters with a dilemma if they favor one but not the other. As arguments emerge, … Continue reading

Posted in Elections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Homelessness in Alameda

It’s good to see the city creating an action plan to find services and shelter for the homeless who have taken up residence in the soon-to-be-built Jean Sweeney Park. But let’s not forget about those living in the encampment at … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Housing, Quality of Life | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Floating Hope for Harbor Seals

A new cement float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. The seals had been opting to stay on the existing, familiar wooden dock. That option ended on Monday, July 11. The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), … Continue reading

Posted in Alameda Point, wildlife | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Proceed with Caution

I almost hit a pedestrian while turning right from Otis onto Broadway. My heart dropped. The very thing I had appreciated as a pedestrian caught me off guard as a driver. At some intersections around the city, walk signals and … Continue reading

Posted in Quality of Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Plan for Trees not Clear Cut

Many beautiful mature trees at Alameda Point could be cut down unless measures are taken to protect them. The second phase of redevelopment at the former Naval Air Station is focused on the Main Street neighborhood. The neighborhood is near … Continue reading

Posted in Alameda Point, Parks and Open Space, Trees | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments