|Taking Apart Measure B|
Published: Thursday, 17 December 2009 16:27
AlPo Revitalization plan in plain English
SunCal's Pat Keliher, left, handles a question from the audience as Protect the Point's Dave Needle listens during the Alameda Association of Realtors-sponsored deabate about Measure B. The League of Women Voters will host a second debate 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Main Library.
The idea of sitting down and reading SunCal's initiative - called "Measure B" in this analysis - in its entirety might bewilder and perplex most Alameda voters. So why not have a close look and try to put the measure in its simplest terms?
In this and future articles this analysis will attempt this feat, beginning with sections 1 and 2. Section 1 is the simplest and most straightforward of the sections; it names the initiative as the "Alameda Point Revitalization Initiative."
Section 2 is a much more complicated, as it contains 15 "findings and declarations." This section is prefaced by the statement, "The people of the City of Alameda hereby find and declare as follows . . ."
Section (a) defines Alameda Point as "a portion of the former Naval Air Station Alameda with some 918 acres of uplands and about 166 acres of submerged lands at the western end of the City of Alameda. This section also says that Measure B gives Alameda "a unique opportunity to implement a transit-oriented development." Section (a) also says the development would incorporate "historic reuse and economic redevelopment principles that take advantage of Alameda Point's unique location and potential."
Section (b) looks back at past plans to develop the Point and says, "little progress has been made." This section essentially blames the Navy for "acres of contaminated soil and groundwater that pose significant environmental health risks" and says that ridding the Point of toxins "is vital and must occur to make development work at Alameda Point."
Section (c) promises that the passage of Measure B "will facilitate the clean up of toxic contaminants consistent with federal and state laws that are protective of human health and the environment." This section says that the developer will provide additional environmental protection by enhancing the Navy's clean-up effort. If the measure passes, the developer would rid the Point of the toxic wastes not addressed in the Navy's plan. This includes lead and asbestos as well as the toxins below roadways and under any buildings the developer would relocate or demolish.
Section (d) would allow the developer to "pursue a transit-oriented development strategy." Measure B promises that this strategy would support transit with people living near a new hub that would include a ferry terminal. The measure would require the developer to provide both education and incentives to encourage those living and working at the Point to avail themselves of the transit options.
Section (e) would require the developer to "protect and improve the waterfront by enhancing public views and access." The developer would provide amenities like a waterfront promenade, public art and open space. "New marina slips and modern support facilities will be provided to help satisfy the demand for marina slips in the city and the Bay Area," this section promises Alameda voters.
Future articles will continue to analyze Measure B.