Feds stall on funding for Alameda Point development
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has still not received its 2016 budget allocation of $70 million to build new facilities at Alameda Point. This week marks nine months since the federal budget was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015. Efforts in the House and Senate to authorize getting the VA’s money released were hindered in July when Senate Republicans attached a bill to fund stopping the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus to the VA construction bill.
When C. C. Adams and Mark T. Cole planned Waterside Terrace on Alameda’s East End in 1912, they provided access to the water for all residents with three small semicircular parks east of Fernside Boulevard. The city approved the subdivision map with these parks — one near High Street, a second just across Fernside Boulevard from Monte Vista and a third across Fernside from Fairview.
Last Monday was the first day of school for the public schools in Alameda. Playgrounds like the one at Franklin School, above, have been quiet for months but are now bustling with students. Remember to obey the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit both in school zones and just about everywhere else in town. Many kids walk and bike to school and their safety depends on safe drivers.
Alameda native Emily Lovell arrived at Half Moon Bay on Aug. 14 after biking 4,031 miles from Connecticut with Bike & Build, raising funds and working for affordable housing along the way. In her moment of celebration upon completing the ride, she didn’t forget to raise her Alameda Sun high in the air along with her bicycle (above).
Water company sliplining Alameda Interceptor Pipe for wastewater
Residents who have witnessed the arrival of 42-inch wide, 200-foot long pipes along Grand Street and Clement Avenue this week are seeing the beginning of an East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) project to slipline a major wastewater pipe called the Alameda Interceptor Pipe.
Alameda’s most prominent street fair that brings original art, rides, live music and creative foods to Park Street, the Art & Wine Faire, took place last weekend. Thousands attended the two-day festival. Locals and visitors to Alameda alike could enjoy fried rutabaga, cauliflower- and potato-based fair foods (above left) that had a distinct vegetarian flair. Eleven local bands performed on two stages over both days. Event organizers with the Downtown Alameda Business Assocation said Saturday afternoon’s crowd was among the largest ever seen at the fair.
A small vegetation fire on the former Belt Line Railroad property brought 15 firefighters to the scene at 9:26 p.m. Monday night. According to Alameda Fire Department Captain Jim Colburn, the fire affected an area of 4-foot-tall grass measuring 60 by 60 to 100 by 100 feet. Firefighters accessed the flames via Atlantic Avenue as shown above. No one was injured and no source was found for the fire. Plans are currently underway to redevelop the long-disused railroad property into the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.
At its Monday, July 25, meeting the Planning Board gave property owner Francis Collins and his architect Phillip Banta something they have been hoping for: approval to proceed with their development and open-space plans to make Boatworks a reality. Banta and his company BantaDesigns presented the board with “Boatworks Green” a development at Clement Avenue and Oak Street.
At 12:13 am, Wednesday, July 20, Alameda Fire (AFD) responded to a report of a fire at Allsafe Self-Storage at 1 Singleton Ave. Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire coming from inside a single-story row of 32 connected storage units. They pulled several hose lines and attacked the fire and used saws and tools to force entry and ventilate the building.