crab cove

Change must happen now say young environmentalists

The Friends of Crown Beach (FCB) group has collected enough signatures to get the Crab Cove zoning measure placed on the November ballot, according to the Alameda city clerk’s office.

FCB, a local group leading the effort to expand and enhance Crown Beach at Crab Cove, has dubbed the petition the Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative. The group has been on a quest to acquire enough signatures from Alameda residents to have the measure on the upcoming November ballot since March. 


The City Council conducted a public hearing to discuss whether to amend the city’s Zoning Map and General Plan at a property near Crab Cove to create a wellness center at its Dec. 4 meeting. They also discussed future procedures after accepting a Certificate of Sufficiency for a proposed initiative measure that would prohibit the creation of the wellness center.


More than 100 tail-wagging canines tugged their families down to Crab Cove last Friday evening to hear first paw what post-Latin music was all about as part of the Concerts at the Cove music series. Billed as the “Dog Days of Summer” concert, the Rotary Club of Alameda collaborated with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Pet Food Express to create greater awareness of the city’s shelter animals that are available for adoption. 

Parks entity to expand recreation area

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) will become the owner of a disputed three-acre parcel on McKay Ave in Alameda which will lead to the expansion of Crown Memorial State Beach.

EBRPD’s purchase resolves an eminent domain action by the United States government against the state of California and EBRPD to seize control over portions of McKay Avenue, the main access road to Crab Cove.

In a unanimous vote at its July 1 meeting, the city council decided to adopt the Crab Cove initiative to rezone the federal surplus property on McKay Avenue as “open space.” This means that the initiative, “Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative,” will not have to appear on the November ballot. 

Both Friends of Crown Beach and the Sierra Club “strongly disagree” with the federal government’s plans.

According to a letter obtained Monday by The Alamedan, the federal government plans to sue the state of California to reclaim ownership of MacKay Avenue, the street that Roseville home builder Tim Lewis Communities needs to rekindle its Neptune Pointe home building plans. Lewis is in the process of purchasing federal property along McKay.  


"You’re representing developers’ interests, not the public’s, therefore we’ll take over and do it ourselves."

I recently attended a planning meeting for people who volunteered to carry petitions to place a referendum on the November ballot to save Crown Beach and stop the City "leaders" from giving public land to a private developer — just as we did with the Chuck Corica golf course, when we, the public, told our "leaders" to stop trying to give the golf course to Ron Cowan.

On Feb. 6 The Alamedan’s Michele Ellson reported that "representatives from the city, the East Bay Regional Park District and developer Tim Lewis Communities have agreed to attend mediation in an attempt to end their legal fight over a 3.899-acre property the park district had hoped to obtain to expand Crab Cove."

New America Media’s Jonah Most is now reporting that mediation is under way.

Friends of Crown Beach (FCB), a group that opposes the plan to transfer land from Crab Cove to a private developer, filed a petition with the Alameda city clerk’s office Monday, Feb. 10.

The petition is classified as a "notice of intent to circulate petition." It reads, "Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear hereon of their intention to circulate the petition within the City of Alameda for the purpose of amending the zoning of the surplus federal property adjacent to Crab Cove." The group is trying to block the city from rezoning the land to residential.