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Submitted by on 1, May 7, 2009 – 5:50 am6 Comments

alameda-point-jetWelcome 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 george.brooks@navy.mil.

*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.


  • Michael Krueger says:

    Are you sure about that address? There is no 2157 Jackson St.…at least not yet. Surely their next ad will connect the dots to reveal that SunCal is conspiring to use eminent domain to build a Jackson St. extension, financed with taxpayer dollars and constructed by child labor.

  • DL Morrison says:

    Hi, Michele, thanks for providing this space. I'm posting my letter below, which was sent to both papers but never appeared — a backlog of letters maybe? Anyway, I'll post it here.

    Is it any wonder that SunCal’s signature gatherers are misrepresenting the intent of SunCal's ballot initiative–to build a huge new development at the former NAS–and selling it as merely "cleaning up the Point"? SunCal knows that the real plan would not sit so well with potential voters — the proposed 4,800 housing units total more than 15% of all the homes in the entire city!

    By SunCal’s own estimates, these new homes will add over 11,000 new residents and, based on their minimal parking allotments, at least 7,000 more cars at Alameda’s West End.

    Those numbers alone should give most residents pause, especially those who commute off the Island. But clearly, “environmental cleanup” sounds far more appealing than “traffic nightmare”.

    SunCal also plans to construct up to 350,000 sf of retail space and over 3,000,000 sf of commercial space. That’s more than half the retail space at Alameda Towne Centre, and three times the commercial space at the (partly empty) Marina Village Business Park.

    SunCal’s underhanded and sloppy approach to collecting signatures is a clear indication of what we can expect from them in the future, should they succeed in taking control of Alameda Point through their initiative.

  • DL Morrison says:

    Note to Michele: Would it be possible to post a link to the Initiative documents on the City's site? I don't see a list of links here, or I'd suggest adding it to that. Thanks.

  • JonSpangler says:

    There is an apparent error in the address listed in the ad. According to the local Alameda phone book, Diane Coler-Dark lives at 2857 Jackson in Alameda, not at 2157.

    I do not know why the address for Keep Measure A is incorrectly listed, but it is a bit odd that one more "fact" in their ad is not correct…

  • Michael Krueger says:

    Well, 411 must be wrong, because there is no 2100 block of Jackson St. The street is only four blocks long, with blocks numbered 2800 through 3100.

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