Alameda News

Executives from Wrightspeed joined officials from the city in front of Building 41 at Alameda Point to announce the company’s plans to move to Alameda.

Cutting-edge Wrightspeed will occupy Building 41

On Jan. 20 the city announced that Wrightspeed founder Ian Wright has inked a deal to move his company to Alameda Point. The company will lease Building 41, a 110,000-square-foot hangar built in 1945 to accommodate Navy seaplanes that taxied ashore using the adjacent lagoon. Wright’s move will almost quadruple his current 30,000-square-foot workspace in San Jose.

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.