Five large patches of garbage, called gyres, swirl around the earth’s oceans. The largest clogs aquatic life in the Pacific Ocean. The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit, founded by Boyan Slat when he was just 18 years old, has designed a system to help clean up that mass of refuse and debris.
Last Friday afternoon, the pilot of ABC’s news helicopter Sky7 decided to take a spin over Alameda Point. What he saw and his helicopter photographed set the aeronautics community buzzing. “SKY7 spots stealthy space startup testing its rocket in Alameda,” the headline announced over Channel 7 reporter Jonathan Bloom’s story.
The Alameda Sun learned from Bloom’s report that the folks behind that rocket test worked for Astra Space. The company designs, tests, manufactures and operates next-generation launch services.
The tour operator of a seaplane who landed at Alameda Point found himself in hot water with the city recently. A 1992 Piper single-engine seaplane landed and took off twice in the harbor near the USS Hornet Museum on Saturday, Feb. 3. The plane’s identification was reported to the city by the Alameda Point Harbor Seal Monitors. The group had photographed the same plane in October after it landed near the harbor seal float.
On Feb. 14, the City of Alameda sent a cease-and-desist letter and notice of trespass to Saul Singer, who operates Sea Plane Adventures of Mill Valley.
The federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development published a declaration of “Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless” in the Feb. 10, 2017, edition of the Federal Register.
The declaration contained a seemingly inexhaustible list of properties. A Google search for “Alameda” unveiled the following cryptic information buried 14 pages into the list: Alameda Federal Center, Property Number: 54201630019, Northern Parcel, 620 Central Ave., Alameda CA 94501; Status: Excess: GSA Number: 9–G–CA–1604–AD.
The City Council voted unanimously to table the motion to add 13 license plate readers throughout the city at its Feb. 6 meeting.
Councilmembers, along with several residents who spoke at the meeting, were concerned with how the information obtained from the license-plate-recognition systems would be used and who will get to see the information captured.