Alameda News

International Bird Rescue volunteers Karen Sheldon, left, and Margee Scannell feed a bird at the International Bird Rescue’s center in Fairfield. This bird was among more than 360 others found coated with an unknown substance along the East Bay shoreline starting last Friday.

Birds found at Crown Beach covered in unknown stuff

Birds coated with an unknown substance began appearing along the shores of Crown Beach on Sunday morning.

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the City Council will weigh-in on the preliminary layout that developer Alameda Point Partners (APP) is proposing for a 68-acre residential and commercial parcel between Main Street and Seaplane Lagoon.

Francis Collins’ Boatworks plans, dated December 2014, went before the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission this week. The plan is to create 182 new homes, scaled back from the 240 proposed in the project’s original plan. As part of the project, the Bay Trail will be extended along the estuary creating an open space for the public to use.

Property along Estuary to feature 182 new homes

Members of Tau Beta Pi remove weeds near the least tern nesting area in November.

Volunteers at the Alameda Point nesting site of the endangered California least tern continued their efforts this fall after a successful 2014 nesting season.

The first recorded use of the airfield by the least terns was in the mid-1970s when the Navy began efforts to protect their nesting area from vehicle and personnel disturbance. Today, Alameda Point is one of California’s endangered species success stories.

Marie Gilmore, Lena Tam and Stewart Chen stepped off the political stage on Tuesday, Dec. 16, but not before the former mayor and former councilmembers cast their votes from the City Hall dais, giving their stamps of approval to Tim Lewis Communities’ (TLC) Del Monte Warehouse project.

The vote came at a specially scheduled meeting before Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese and City Councilman Jim Oddie took their seats.