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A Bay Farm resident and a union have appealed a December 2018 Planning Board decision to the City Council. On Dec. 10, 2018, the Planning Board approved the building of a five-story, 175-room Marriott Residence Inn at 2900 Harbor Bay Parkway, adjacent to the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. On Dec. 18, Brian Tremper filed an appeal. The following day attorneys representing Laborers International Union of North America, Local Union 304 filed a second appeal. 

At its Tuesday, Feb. 5, meeting the City Council will consider these appeals.


A community conversation about Westmont Harbor Bay’s proposed assisted living and memory care facility on Adelphian Way next to the Harbor Bay Ferry terminal has been set for Wednesday, June 8, 1 to 2 p.m., at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. in dining room 2.

Westmont Harbor Bay will also present its updated site plans for this facility to the Alameda Planning Board on Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. 


The issue of flooding stretches beyond Bay Farm and covers the entire city and the site of the former Naval Air Station. As mentioned in the lead article, about 2,000 parcels located throughout the city lie within the newly identified 100-year floodplain. “That means there is a 1 percent chance that in any one year these properties would experience flooding from extreme high tides and storm activity,” the city states on its website. 

Towards the end of November someone who obviously cares a lot about the content of the Alameda Sun, but not enough to identify themselves left an unpleasant letter and a ripped up newspaper behind. The Sun welcomes any and all opinions through our email address, via snail mail, or even via the website A drop box is also provided at our office for convenience in dropping off items.  

Tim Coffey

Now that there is a full slate of candidates for City Hall elections, which of them is going to stand up for Bay Farm and be our a voice in Alameda politics?

They should be falling over each other to court our votes. Bay Farm is one of the biggest, most consistent voting blocks in Alameda. Nearly every candidate to win the popular vote in Bay Farm has also won the city-wide general election.

Plus, Bay Farm has a unifying issue.

Bay Farm residents have come to know and love two species of heron that also call their neighborhood home. Both the great and snowy egret nest on Bay Farm Island near the lagoons that provide the birds with the small fish they need to survive. As the larger of the two species, the great egret Ardea alba stands nearly three feet tall and generally weighs about two pounds. Its cousin, the smaller snowy egret, Egretta thula, weighs about half as much. Observers can easily distinguish the great from the snowy egret.