Research this past week into the Tidelands property at Encinal Terminals revealed that the contract that sealed the "swap" 14 years ago involved not just the 6.34 acres that the Alameda Sun reported (AUSD, City’s New Land Swap Deal," March 6) but an adjacent 10.65-acre parcel. This means that the city is receiving 17.05 acres for $750,000.
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 city will likely soon be seeking a firm to build a long-desired Shore Line Drive bikeway that staffers say will offer a safer route and bay views to cyclists traversing the 1.8-mile stretch of the Island from Westline Drive to Broadway.
Alameda County Industries (ACI), the company that provides trash pickup service to the Island City, has found itself in the middle of a labor dispute. Some of the company’s workers walked off their jobs and staged a two-hour rally last Thursday at its recycling center on Aladdin Avenue in San Leandro. According to those who attended the rally, ACI told its other workers that anyone who joined the rally would be fired.