Author Archives: Irene

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hotel Reservations

Good project. Wrong place. A proposed 100-room hotel on the shoreline of Harbor Bay Business Park is facing mounting opposition. If a growing number of residents and organizations get their way, the project will not move forward.

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WABA DABA Doo

The businesses on the west end of the island will finally get the boost they’ve been waiting for, especially Webster Street.  Around 1,900 new homes are in various stages of planning and construction there.  800 new homes are slated for … Continue reading

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Feds Prevail on Right to Take McKay

McKay Avenue, the street leading to Crab Cove, used to house a roller coaster before it became a street. It is living up to its legacy. In recent years the battle over the street, and what will become of the … Continue reading

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