Category Archives: Parks and Open Space

Turning the Page with the Park District

“Tonight we turn the page,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union Address. Our new city council has followed suit. On January 21, the city council, at the request of Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, decided to set … Continue reading

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Feds Continue Crown Beach Court Action

Last July, the Alameda City Council heeded the will of Alameda citizens and zoned federal surplus property near Crab Cove as open space. As a result, private developer Tim Lewis Communities–the same company that is trying to develop the Del … Continue reading

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Parks and Wrecks

It’s no wonder city council and mayoral candidates are focusing on parks this campaign season. Citizens have been up in arms over several park issues in recent years and have had to sponsor three ballot initiatives to keep open space from … Continue reading

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Feds Going to Court Over McKay Avenue

On April 17, the federal government began court proceedings in U.S. District Court to seize McKay Avenue through eminent domain. The street is owned by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and leads to the Crab Cove Visitor Center. … Continue reading

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Case of the Disappearing Park, Again

The proposed 147-acre regional park at Alameda Point has disappeared from the map in the city’s environmental review documents.  It used to appear in the “open space” area on the Northwest Territories.  Now it looks like out of the city’s … Continue reading

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Point Counterpoint on Crab Cove Housing Plan

Many Alamedans have been asking the city council to remove the residential zoning from the federal parcel near Crab Cove.  On October 10, our own Recreation and Parks Commission decided to send a letter to the city council requesting the … Continue reading

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Following the Path of SunCal

Alameda has a new housing developer, but something in the air seems SunCal-ish. Tim Lewis Communities, a developer based out of Roseville near Sacramento, wants to build houses near Crab Cove and is claiming to be on the community’s side.  … Continue reading

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Dispose of Properly — GSA Must Respect Our Community

Outrageous!  The federal General Services Administration (GSA) was not only self-serving when it decided to auction surplus property near Crab Cove, it now plans to seize the state-owned street there for the benefit of a private housing developer.  This is … Continue reading

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Logic Points to Parkland

“That is not logical, Captain,” Mr. Spock would often say on the Star Trek television series.  Can’t the same be said for putting housing on bay-front property that the East Bay Regional Park District needs for expansion of state park … Continue reading

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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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