Flowers like these once thrived on the Alameda Naval Air Station runway area near St. George Spirits on Monarch Street before vegetation removal was done at the direction of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

January 26, 2017

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VA project adds to legacy of letdowns on airfield

A legacy of disappointment continues on the aircraft runway area at Alameda Point.  In the nearly 20 years since the Navy ended operations there, the community has lost 74 acres of open space that was once slated to become city property.  The community has also lost the possibility for a 550-acre national wildlife refuge and […]

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Seventy harbor seals rest on new float at Alameda Point on January 5, 2017.

January 20, 2017

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No vacancy on float for harbor seals

The rain ended, the sun came out, and so did the harbor seals at Alameda Point.  So many of them came out of the water to warm up on their new float on January 5, hardly any of the structure was visible.  The number has many observers asking for a second float. The regional ferry […]

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Site 32 Alameda Point w/SF Bay in background

November 9, 2016

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Navy presents parkland cleanup plans

The Navy will present options on possible ways to clean up 60 acres at Alameda Point slated for a regional park on Thursday night.  The draft cleanup options for Site 32 represent the culmination of 25 years of groundwater and soil studies that began before base closure was announced.  Only five acres have been flagged […]

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Breakwater Beach at Alameda Point

October 13, 2016

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Breakwater Beach landscape upgrades coming in 2017

The beach at the eastern end of Alameda Point near the dormant campground will undergo a major renovation in 2017. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is planning to create a natural dune landscape. They are also planning to bring in more sand to the beach in order to raise the elevation to allow […]

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Approved plan for Priority Development Area (PDA) at Alameda Point.

October 6, 2016

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Transportation agency calls for more housing in Alameda

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) issued a new regional planning document on August 30, 2016, suggesting the amount of housing needed in Alameda to meet state goals. MTC is requesting input from local jurisdictions. Alameda City Planner Andrew Thomas slammed the commission’s recommendations as being woefully out of touch with Alameda’s existing land uses and its limited […]

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September 24, 2016

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Veterans clinic, columbarium stalled in Congress

Alameda Point Veterans Affairs facility.  Oakland Estuary in background.  Columbarium will be to the left.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has still not received its 2016 budget allocation of $70 million to build new facilities at Alameda Point, nine months after the federal budget was signed into law on December 18, 2015. Efforts in the House and Senate to authorize getting the VA’s money released were hindered in July […]

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September 9, 2016

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Ospreys nest successfully in 2016 at Alameda Point

Four ospreys at Alameda Point 2016

Location, location, location! But for a fenced-off dilapidated navigation light stand on a jetty at the Seaplane Lagoon, ospreys would not have had a successful nesting season this year. In late August two adult ospreys took flight from their Seaplane Lagoon perch for parts unknown with two healthy offspring. It was a welcome sight because […]

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September 2, 2016

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Parking shortage dogs Main St. Ferry Terminal

Unpaved city-owned parking lot on Main Street west of dog park used by ferry riders.

Ferry riders driving to the Main Street Ferry Terminal began using an extra parking lot in May. The city-owned O Club parking lot across the street from the terminal provides 121 spaces under a temporary license agreement with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Despite the added parking lot, the street shoulder and unpaved lot […]

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August 12, 2016

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Harbor seals adapting to new float

Two harbor seals on new float Alameda Point

A new concrete float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. It is the first-of-its-kind on the West Coast. With seals starting to use the new platform, a milestone has been reached culminating two-and-a-half years of citizen advocacy to maintain a resting site for harbor seals at Alameda Point. A ferry maintenance […]

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July 14, 2016

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Marine ecosystem thrives at Alameda Point

Two striped crabs eating vegetation on the breakwater at Alameda Point.

Conservation of wildlife isn’t just important at Crab Cove  Visitors flock to Crab Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area, to learn about and experience the Bay’s sea dwellers. The educational lessons at the Crab Cove Visitor Center are equally relevant throughout the waterway south of the USS Hornet at Alameda Point where even more creatures […]

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June 9, 2016

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Dining on the farm at Alameda Point

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The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) served up gourmet meals at their annual Urban Farm Table fundraising event on Sunday, May 15, 2016. About 100 guests were seated under a canopy squarely in the middle of crops growing on the Alameda Point farm. This year’s menu was again created by Jeff Rosen, executive chef at Blue […]

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June 3, 2016

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Waterfront plans change at Alameda Landing

Alameda Landing promenade:park

~ Developer proposes housing, hotel, and plaza at former Navy supply center Alameda Landing is about to enter its final phase of development. A 2006 plan that once called for all commercial on the 41-acre waterfront parcel behind Target is being replaced with a new plan. It includes an additional 375 housing units, a 124-room […]

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May 12, 2016

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Radium safety enhanced at Seaplane Lagoon

Dredging the northwest corner of the Seaplane Lagoon in February 2012.

The City of Alameda became the new owner of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point on April 13, 2016. It came from the Navy with a new condition that exceeds normal protocols for dredging in San Francisco Bay. As with all cleanup sites, the Navy, city and regulators agreed to what areas needed to be […]

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May 6, 2016

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Ferry agency, volunteers help the least terns

Sand being delivered to the least tern nesting grounds at Alameda Point on February 25, 2016.  Bay Bridge in the background.

Three thousand tons of sand was added to the nesting grounds for the least terns at Alameda Point in late February and early March. In the weeks that followed, volunteers from St. George Spirits and the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts came out to help make the site ready for the arrival of the terns […]

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March 18, 2016

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Demolition of former Navy apartments begins

Demolition of Navy apartment buildings at West Tower Avenue and Orion Street, Alameda Point.

The demolition of 16 former Navy apartment buildings at Alameda Point has begun. On January 5, 2016, the City Council awarded a $547,000 contract to Asbestos Management Group of Oakland to perform the demolition. In April of 2015, the city council directed city staff to come up with a plan to address safety and blight […]

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