Welcome to The Island’s new ongoing series, On Point, which represents my effort to keep up with all the goings-on at Alameda Point.
This is the place you’ll find all the little tidbits about the Point development efforts that accumulate over the coming months, news and explainers on issues around the development plans. (Breaking news on the Point will continue to be covered separately.)
So without further ado ..
*The Navy has released a proposed plan for cleanup of a portion of Installation Restoration Site 24, which is the area around the piers that adjoin Seaplane Lagoon.
Sediments in the northeast corner of the 50-acre site, which sits on the shore’s edge on the other side of Pier 1 from Seaplane Lagoon, contain cadmium, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT and its byproducts. The sediments may have been contaminated by industrial wastewater that flowed from aircraft maintenance hangars on the base through storm drains into the Bay. (The storm drains were replaced in 1991.)
The Navy’s information on the proposed cleanup says the contaminants don’t pose an unaccepatable risk to people, but could harm birds, fish and invertebrates that inhabit the area.
The Navy is proposing to dredge the sediment and haul it away to an appropriate dump site. The project would cost an estimated $3.3 million. A team that includes the Navy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Water Board all concurred on the cleanup choice.
The Navy is hosting a public meeting on the proposed cleanup plan from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at City Hall West, Room 201. They’re at 950 West Mall Square. Public comments can also be submitted in writing, and the easiest way to do that is either to download the form on the Navy’s website for the Point project or by e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*At Tuesday night’s council meeting, city staff laid out the particulars of a report to be generated on the potential traffic impacts of SunCal’s development plan for the Point. Sounds like the full report is due out on the week of July 20; its $55,000 cost will be footed by the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority.
*According to Don Roberts’ website, the Keep Measure A folks have purchased an ad in today’s Alameda Sun. Here’s the text:
SunCal Petition Questions
Do you want increased density? 6,000 units 70 per acre
Do you wish to increase your commute 45 minutes a day?
Lower Property Values? Thousands out of your pocket
If SunCal defaults? Taxpayers pay Millions
Sabotages Measure A: Keep Alameda Unique
Is it empty/false promises for Sports Complex?
Development in your lifetime? 25 Years for Sun/Cal
to develop/or not develop without City control
If you were told their petition was to clean up contamination at the base, you were mislead, Navy does toxic soil and ground water clean up. To remove your signature from the petition contact City Clerk at 747-4800
Paid by Keep Measure A (donations to 2157 Jackson Alameda, Ca. 94501)
The address belongs to Diane Coler-Dark, whose number is also the contact number listed for the Keep Measure A/Citizens for Alameda Neighborhoods Committee on the state’s campaign finance site. (The site lists the committee’s status as having been terminated in 2007, but maybe there’s a new one?)
While we’re on the campaign trail, I’ve also been getting e-mails from someone or some group calling themselves Save Our Future Alameda which is a pro-Point plan group. They’ve posted this video on YouTube. I’ll see if I can figure out who they are. Stay tuned.