Crown Beach Ballot Petition Gathers Steam

Dennis Evanosky Friends of Crown Beach volunteer Diane Coler-Dark collects a signature from Levon Haux.

The San Francisco chapter of the Sierra Club announced it has officially endorsed the "Initiative for Expansion of Open Space at Crab Cove," ballot drive, now titled "Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative," according to a press release from the club.

"The people of Alameda voted for the East Bay Regional Park District to buy this property when they approved Measure WW in 2008," said Norman La Force, chair of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter East Bay Public Lands Committee. "This land is important for the operation of Crown Beach Park."

The ballot drive intends to garner enough signatures to qualify Friends of Crown Beach’s initiative for the Nov. 14 ballot.

The measure would seek to protect nearly four acres of Alameda beachfront from private development and expand the open space at Crown Beach.

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and David R. Brower formed the club in 1892.