Crab Cove

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

THE STORY: The federal government made a deal to sell homebuilder Tim Lewis Communities a 3.89-acre property on McKay Avenue. But the East Bay Regional Park District – which has sought the property in order to expand Crab Cove, which is across the street – objected, suing the city to try to undo zoning that would permit housing there and rallying parks lovers and the state to its cause. The federal government has also jumped in, suing to take a street from the state that’s needed to move Tim Lewis’s development plans forward.

Supporters of a park on land slated for development as a residential neighborhood submitted petition signatures for a possible ballot measure that would bar the city from allowing homes to be built there instead.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Local environmentalists fear changes Alameda Municipal Power – which bills itself as “the greenest little utility in America” – plans to make to its solar program could bring an end to new solar installations on the Island. A final proposal for the new solar program, which could for the short term create tiered service for solar customers, could come before the Public Utilities Board in May.

The federal government plans to sue the state to reclaim ownership of a road that a developer who purchased federal property nearby needs to rekindle its home building plans, according to a letter obtained Monday by The Alamedan.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly news in review. Here are your headlines for this week.

A group of locals who want Crab Cove to expand on federal property where houses are proposed to be built has submitted language for a proposed ballot measure to the City Clerk.

The group, Friends of Crown Beach, is hoping to gather the 6,000 signatures it needs to put the measure on the November ballot. The initiative, which would change the zoning for the property to open space, was submitted by Doug Siden, a member of the East Bay Regional Park District board; former City Councilwoman Karin Lucas; and resident Wai-Kuan Woo.

Representatives from the city, the East Bay Regional Park District and developer Tim Lewis Communities have agreed to attend mediation in an attempt to end their legal fight over a 3.899-acre property the park district had hoped to obtain to expand Crab Cove.

A pair of community groups is looking into its options for stopping a proposed home development on land the local park district had sought for expansion of Crab Cove – including a potential ballot measure that would rezone the land for park use.

Friends of Crown Beach and the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club have formed an exploratory committee to consider ways to halt a proposal to develop 48 homes on four acres of government property on McKay Avenue, across from Crab Cove, which the East Bay Regional Park District had hoped to acquire for an expansion.

Neptune Pointe occupies a relatively small sliver of Alameda, tucked away at the end of a narrow, crumbling lane obscured by a Foster’s Freeze restaurant and a thick row of leafy trees. But the 3.899-acre property sits at the heart of a massive dispute between a trio of public agencies that are warring over its fate.