Category Archives: Economic Development

Missing the Boat

Current policy decisions are shaping our shoreline’s future, and Alameda is missing the boat. On May 30, the planning board unanimously approved a plan for the Alameda Marina that provides protection for three feet of sea level rise, even though … Continue reading

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Coulda Woulda Shoulda at Encinal Terminals

On December 19, the city council will decide whether to approve the proposed Encinal Terminals project located behind the former Del Monte warehouse at Buena Vista and Sherman streets.  The project calls for 589 homes with commercial uses and public … 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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A Sign of What’s to Come?

At their first meeting, the new city council unanimously agreed on all the issues before them, including moving forward with the Del Monte Warehouse project. As Councilmember Jim Oddie said at the end of the meeting, “Maybe this is a … Continue reading

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Coliseum Area Plan Could Impact Alameda

Right when we’re trying to attract commercial developers to Alameda Point, our next door neighbors are proposing to do the same thing a thousand yards away from Alameda’s eastern shore. In an attempt to build a new stadium, the City … Continue reading

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Mr. Russo, Tear Down That Fence!

It’s time to unite east and west Alameda! After two decades of environmental cleanup and planning, most of Alameda Point now belongs to the city.  On June 4, the Navy finally gave the city 1,400 acres—the first and largest of … Continue reading

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Economically Challenged

After attending the Economic Development Commission meeting at city hall on October 18, I came away dismayed by the commission’s lackluster interest in planning the reuse of Alameda Point. The occasion marked the first of three public presentations on the … Continue reading

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Hold Your Applause

I don’t get it.  We’re supposed to cheer when housing prices rise.  Politicians and pundits look to rebounding housing prices as the gauge for a recovering economy.  I don’t think so.  A sustainable, stable housing market is what we should … Continue reading

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The Right Site for VA Clinic

Sometimes you think you’ve hit on a winning deal, but once you look closer you find out otherwise.  That’s what I’ve come to realize about the site currently being proposed for the veterans’ clinic. I originally got excited when I … Continue reading

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East Bay Regional Park District Spearheads City/VA Parkland Deal

It seemed as though the plans for a veterans’ facility at Alameda Point were moving full steam ahead.  But no.  Last year the project almost died until the East Bay Regional Park District stepped in to help. The $210 million … Continue reading

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