Alameda News

Largest hangar on track for reuse, street excavation, more

The massive aircraft hangar at the end of West Tower Avenue moved one step closer to commercial leasing last week. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) performed random radiation scanning inside the building to certify that the Navy’s cleanup of paint residue containing radium-226 was complete. The other regulatory agencies have already signed off on the radiation cleanup after the Navy performed an inch-by-inch scanning effort (“Radium-226 Paint Leaves Point Legacy,” Oct. 5, 2017.)

At 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, an alleged drunk driver was attempting to turn from Santa Clara Avenue onto High Street. He took the turn too widely and crashed into the fence that borders Lincoln Park. He fled from the vehicle, but witnesses pursued him through the park. They called 911 and Alameda Police Department officers arrived and placed the driver under arrest. 

This week, USS Hornet (CV 12) marked the 50th anniversary of its participation in the Apollo 11 mission as the “prime recovery ship.” According to Robert Pearlman’s www.collectspace.com, the Navy selected USS Hornet on June 1, 1969, for the important role of retrieving lunar astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edward Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin from the Pacific Ocean after the trio splashed down on July 24.  

More than 100 people gathered in front of City Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12. They were participating in coast-to-coast vigils to call for an immediate closure of federal detention camps holding refugees in what many consider inhumane conditions. 

“Lights for Liberty,” a coalition dedicated to human rights, organized the protests. Valerie Landau who participated in the Alameda vigil said that protesters chanted “Close the camps,” as drivers and pedestrians cheered and honked to show support.

Alameda Point Partners, LLC (APP) announced last week that it has completed demolition of the entire 30-acre Site A and is 50 percent complete with construction of the infrastructure, which includes water, sewer, electrical and gas lines; a street grid with bike and transit lanes; 8 acres of original parks as well as a ferry terminal in Seaplane Lagoon. The ferry dock is currently being fabricated and construction of the terminal is slated to begin this fall. 

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