Category Archives: Environment

City, VA Must Act Together on Point

The clock is ticking.  March 1 is the deadline for the public to identify the environmental questions that should be answered and the alternatives that should be analyzed in the environmental impact report for Alameda Point.  I have a question.

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Re-mapping Our Future

The environmental review process for Alameda Point has begun.  Attached to the city’s notice of preparation, the proposed zoning map shows a couple of disturbing changes.  The city has redrawn boundaries and changed a land-use designation.

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Open Space Plans at Risk

A feasible plan recently emerged for creating and managing parkland and a bona fide wildlife refuge on the 770-acre runway area at Alameda Point.  It’s the first since the Naval Air Station closed 15 years ago. But two things stand … Continue reading

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Opportunity Knocks Once Again

Not long ago the city jumped through hoops to attract the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to Alameda.  Now we have a new opportunity that is worthy of the same enthusiasm.  Only this time we’ve already been selected. The East Bay … 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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National Geographic – A Repeat Customer at Alameda Shipyard

If you’ve ever considered taking a National Geographic cruise to destinations between Alaska and the western tip of South America, your ship will have been serviced right here in Alameda. Bay Ship and Yacht Company near the Alameda/Oakland ferry terminal … Continue reading

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Up on Cleanup?

The environmental cleanup program at Alameda Point, which has been going on for more than a decade, is in its final stages.  Most of the issues have been addressed, and the contaminated sites have either been cleaned up or are … Continue reading

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Greenspace Becomes Us

Right when you think every viable idea for developing Alameda Point has been put on the table … Surprise! … A new parkland/open space proposal is delivered by Golden Gate University’s Center on Urban Environmental Law. What makes the proposal … Continue reading

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Beltline Brainstorm

At the city’s two recent “Urban Greening” workshops, every Alameda park was beautifully displayed on big posters.  We were presented with the results of the city’s recent park master-plan survey.  We learned that almost all Alamedans visit our shoreline, natural … Continue reading

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Landing Zone Veterans’ Clinic

We haven’t heard much lately about the proposed veterans facility at Alameda Point, but it’s been moving full steam ahead. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is conducting its environmental review and seeking architecture/engineering firms to plan and design an … Continue reading

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