The city of Alameda Public Works Department held a community meeting to discuss staff recommended parking improvements on Adelphian Way and Mecartney Road Tuesday at Bay Farm Elementary School’s multipurpose room.
The city and the Water Emergency and Transportation Agency (WETA), the agency that runs the ferry service, have been working together to come up with a solution to provide more parking for ferry riders near the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal.
The lease for the Water Emergency Transport Authority (WETA) ferry maintenance comes before the City Council on March 3. Readers have expressed concerns about the harbor seal haul-out currently at the site of the facility. Despite lobbying and verbal assurance from WETA that it will build a new harbor seal haul-out, no written memorandum of understanding on the harbor seals exists for the City Council to consider. The lengthy lease agreement does not even mention the seals.
City Manager John Russo is leaving Alameda for Riverside, an official with that city confirmed Thursday.
Russo has been Alameda's top administrator since 2011.
Russo, a former Oakland City Council member who served as Oakland's city attorney for 11 years before coming to the Island, bested 40 other applicants, including five other finalists, for the job. He's expected to start work there on May 4.
In 1965, the Golden Gate Audubon Society began working with Alameda conservationist Elsie Roemer to stop the Utah Construction and Mining Company from filling in salt marshes on Bay Farm Island. Conservationists, including Roemer, worked to preserve some of these marshes, including one along the shores of San Francisco Bay at the southern end of Broadway. When developers wanted to purchase this marsh, the East Bay Regional Park District stepped in and made it a part of Crown Beach.