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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."

"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.

Large (3-foot by 4-foot) charcoal drawings by Alameda resident Katherine Meyer, featuring Crown Beach (pictured), the Elsie Roehmer Bird Sanctuary, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline are currently on display at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara.

"The purpose of my drawings is to remind people of the restorative power of nature when we experience it slowly, in solitude," said Meyer.

The opening reception at the Triton Museum takes place Friday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The show continues through May 4.

Attorney General Kamala Harris indicated that GSA had not followed the Code of Federal Regulations in procuring the contract with Lewis.

Friends of Crown Beach hosted a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Alameda Hospital to kick off the campaign to add a proposed measure to the November ballot to make Neptune Point open space.

In 2006, the federal government stated that they were no longer going to use their offices located on McKay Avenue. Since then the park district has shown an interest in buying the property to expand Crown Beach.