Photo by Dave Boitano.
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Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point. Though the foundation that runs the ship has a museum that holds these events each month, Saturday’s gathering honored the 70th birthday of the ship’s commissioning and its 15th year as a floating museum.
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City staffers have been moving a mountain of paper this year to prepare Alameda Point for development in 2014. But on Saturday they mounted their bicycles, leading more than 100 cyclists on a three-hour tour intended to help them visualize the city’s plans.
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The City Council will be considering a pair of key decisions Tuesday with implications for the both the near-term and farther-flung future of Alameda Point. The council will consider whether to hire a new company to manage and lease all of the city’s property – including Alameda Point – and also, whether to approve a proposed list of evaluation criteria for assessing development proposals for the former Navy base.
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The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival was held at Alameda High School this week. Videographer Donna Eyestone got an inside look.
Freelance writer Janice Worthen signed up for a Covered California plan on October 1, the first day the health care exchange set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act was open for business. You can read about her experience here.
As planning continues on Alameda Point and other city-related projects, the City Council is considering legal agreements that city staffers said would benefit builders, workers and the public.
Artemis is back in the race!
The Alameda "home town" team (from Sweden) set out for their first race in the Louis Vuitton Cup today and has invited the public to see them off this week. They launched exactly at 9:15 a.m. as promised via their Twitter feed (follow @artemisracing). You can tune in to the race today at AmericasCup.com or YouTube.com/americascup at 1 p.m. for the beginning of the broadcast. The actual race begins at 1:15 p.m., but the "pre-start" is usually the most important part of the race.
Updated at 6:52 p.m. Monday, September 17
A federal judge offered the city a fresh victory in former Alameda Point developer SunCal's fraud and breach of contract lawsuit, deciding the developer isn't entitled to recoup the $17 million it spent in its effort to reach a development deal.
On Saturday, nearly four dozen people boarded a bus – environmentalists, engineers, and the occasional journalist – for a two-hour tour highlighting the Navy’s latest efforts to pull poisons out of the ground and water at and around Alameda Point.
The Navy is required by federal law to perform public outreach on its cleanup efforts, and the annual tour is one way the team in charge of making sure the Point is safe for human habitation, workers and recreation chose to fulfill that duty, according to Derek Robinson, the trim, affable head of the team managing cleanup efforts there.
It seems as though the city will be taking a step backward if the City Council decides at its June 6 meeting to stop full city-led land entitlement activities and goes with one of the open ended alternatives or, even worse, effectively give up and wait for the economy to improve. Shelving the current planning efforts indefinitely for Alameda Point delays any significant real property tax coming from that city owned land.
Alameda’s city leaders are attempting once again to revise the city’s plan for housing to comply with state law and to avoid state funding losses and lawsuits. Alameda’s so-called housing element, which is designed to show that a city’s got enough land zoned in a way that allows its housing needs to be met, has been out of compliance with state law since 1999.
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