Let Alamedans decide waterfront access!

As an island, Alameda has a special relationship with the water. A few of our friends and neighbors are lucky enough to live on the water’s edge, but for most of us, we have to find public access where we can.

For years, public access was blocked by homeowners in multiple locations

Two years ago, the Alameda Planning Board unanimously recommended that the city finally address issues surrounding public access to water on Alameda's East End. At a recent meeting on the subject, former Planning Board member and Waterfront Planner Anne Cook said, “It would seem that this process should start with asking the community what they want to see on these public spaces.” Instead, the process has limited the opportunity to discuss ideas despite significant public concern raised at meetings and in writing. And now city staff is pushing forward with a plan and process that prioritizes reducing access to public lands and limiting public input on proposed options.

These sites are rare resources. Our city government should promote processes that start with asking what do Alamedans want and then considering that input. Instead, they continue to ignore the feedback they have received from hundreds of Alamedans.

It's time to restart the process so that we can achieve a project that maximizes public access to the waterfront for public benefit in a way that is also safe for neighboring projects.

Add your voice to the call to bring the public into planning our land.

Members of the Alameda City Council,

As an island, Alameda has a special relationship with the water. A few of our friends and neighbors are lucky enough to live on the water’s edge, but for most of us, we have to find public access where we can.

Alameda has an opportunity to right past wrongs that have kept residents who aren’t lucky enough to live on the water from having opportunities to enjoy it. It is shocking that city staff have ignored the input of hundreds of Alamedans in their current process and instead hired a Sacramento consultant to use comments from 12 homeowners and make recommendations that start from a position of limiting opportunities for the future.

The City needs to restart its engagement process around the Fernside and Eastshore waterfront public access sites.

We ask that the city council direct staff to put forth a process that includes a task force of Alamedan stakeholders which will allow the community to identify a plan that:

  • Maximizes public access to the waterfront
  • Maintains public ownership of public land for future public uses
  • Creates human spaces, places where neighbors feel welcome to participate in enjoying the waterfront
  • Ensures safe designs that reduce neighboring property owner concerns about crime

Alameda is a can-do community. We can identify a plan for this public land that future generations will thank us for. But first, there has to be a process that allows us to do so.

We are calling on our elected representatives to stand up for the community and provide clear direction to the City Manager that a new process is needed.

Who's signing

Sophia DeWitt
Navin Agrawal
Alexandra Saikley
Matthew Albani
Janet Terra
Barry Greenberg
Monica Sloan
Kimberly McGowan
Elizabeth Jensen
Alan Bradley
Anne Cevallos
Ken Levins
Rachel Bodin
Sam Hensley
Jennifer Gray
Seth Marbin
Kathleen Von Martens
Joel Finley
Julian Pelzner
Susan Battersby
Rochelle Reed
Clark Cole
Joy Moore
Anthony DiSalvo
Jeremy Schmitz
Dina Hondrogen
Jon Spangler
Kevis Brownson
Kristie Mansfield
Cindy Mills
100 signatures

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Showing 67 reactions

  • Sophia DeWitt
    signed 2018-11-29 15:53:16 -0800
  • Navin Agrawal
    signed 2018-11-07 20:02:48 -0800
    One of the top reasons I love Alameda is being surrounded by water so access to the waterways is very important. Homeowners enroaching on public property should not be given the right of way.
  • Alexandra Saikley
    signed 2018-11-05 20:43:31 -0800
  • Matthew Albani
    signed 2018-10-31 13:10:00 -0700
  • Janet Terra
    signed 2018-10-16 07:05:53 -0700
  • Barry Greenberg
    signed 2018-10-13 15:32:29 -0700
    leida padway
  • Monica Sloan
    signed 2018-10-13 15:21:11 -0700
  • Kimberly McGowan
    signed via 2018-10-12 18:50:47 -0700
    Public access should remain public! We should not protect or reward homeowners who have illegally encroached on public lands by conceding to their selfish acts. Please open and improve all shoreline access points!!
  • Elizabeth Jensen
    signed via 2018-10-12 17:58:45 -0700
    Elizabeth Jensen
  • Alan Bradley
    signed 2018-10-12 17:03:16 -0700
    Alan “Sam” Bradley
  • Anne Cevallos
    signed via 2018-10-12 15:44:14 -0700
  • Ken Levins
    signed via 2018-10-11 18:35:57 -0700
  • Rachel Bodin
    signed via 2018-10-11 16:06:19 -0700
  • Sam Hensley
    signed 2018-10-11 05:30:28 -0700
  • Jennifer Gray
    signed 2018-10-10 21:53:21 -0700
  • Seth Marbin
    signed 2018-10-10 09:48:48 -0700
    Maximizes public access to the waterfront!
  • Kathleen Von Martens
    signed via 2018-10-10 06:46:39 -0700
  • Joel Finley
    signed via 2018-10-09 22:12:34 -0700
    We take our kids to the fern side access points to look for pelicans and see the A’s and warriors stadiums across the water. It would be a tragedy to lose any of the access points.
  • Julian Pelzner
    signed via 2018-10-09 18:05:18 -0700
  • Susan Battersby
    signed 2018-10-09 09:28:38 -0700
    Access to the water is our right! Every homeowner on these pathways knew on the purchase of their property that there was a public path to the water next to their homes. All access should be open.
  • Rochelle Reed
    signed via 2018-10-09 09:25:17 -0700
  • Clark Cole
    signed via 2018-10-09 09:01:33 -0700
  • Joy Moore
    signed 2018-10-09 06:03:52 -0700
  • Anthony DiSalvo
    signed via 2018-10-09 05:36:33 -0700
  • Jeremy Schmitz
    signed 2018-10-09 00:15:08 -0700
    I did the survey and John’s post was the first I heard the city planned to void the community’s input. That stinks.
  • Dina Hondrogen
    signed 2018-10-08 23:02:50 -0700
  • Jon Spangler
    signed via 2018-10-08 21:28:49 -0700
    Public access means PUBLIC. Just like Martin’s Beach, Alameda’s mini-access points to the estuary need to be kept open anc accessible.
  • Kevis Brownson
    signed 2018-10-08 21:21:59 -0700
  • Kristie Mansfield
    signed 2018-10-08 20:42:20 -0700
  • Cindy Mills
    signed 2018-10-08 18:42:37 -0700
    Kevin Mills