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

Denyse Trepanier
Kelly Conley
Julie Casey
Deanne Rabedeau
lucy gigli
Brian McDonald
Chris Folkman
Courtney Honeywell
John Piziali
Cheryl Woltjen
Anna Martin
John Zanakis
Renee Tripp
Deborah Sullivan
Lois Pryor
Lance Kincaid
Eric Strimling
Randall Block
Ginny Parsons
Catherine Egelhoff
Ruthann Z. Cohn
Carol Fairweather
Brandon Svec
Betsy Brazy
Charles Hodgkins
Michael Heley
Jennifer Weiss
Brian McGuire
Mike Pouliot
James Nurthen
100 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 67 reactions

  • Denyse Trepanier
    signed 2018-10-08 17:05:47 -0700
  • Kelly Conley
    signed 2018-10-08 16:23:27 -0700
  • Julie Casey
    signed 2018-10-08 15:34:54 -0700
  • Deanne Rabedeau
    signed 2018-10-08 15:28:55 -0700
  • lucy gigli
    signed 2018-10-08 14:12:24 -0700
    Don’t give away public shoreline. There is so little of it on the east end.
  • Brian McDonald
    signed via 2018-10-08 12:02:36 -0700
  • Chris Folkman
    signed via 2018-10-08 11:13:32 -0700
  • Courtney Honeywell
    signed via 2018-10-08 10:24:37 -0700
  • John Piziali
    signed 2018-10-08 08:47:07 -0700
  • Cheryl Woltjen
    signed via 2018-10-08 07:16:16 -0700
  • Anna Martin
    signed 2018-10-07 23:42:35 -0700
  • John Zanakis
    signed 2018-10-07 21:39:17 -0700
    We’re an island that should feel like one; with an appreciation for our uniqueness and homeyness . Let’s also have a ferry stop at the foot of Park Street bridge ; in the open lot ; with ground level parking and townhouses above nestle in garden settings and play areas for children and adults overlooking the pier .
  • Renee Tripp
    signed 2018-10-07 20:05:52 -0700
  • Deborah Sullivan
    signed 2018-10-07 19:51:11 -0700
  • Lois Pryor
    signed 2018-10-07 19:42:37 -0700
  • Lance Kincaid
    signed via 2018-10-07 19:20:38 -0700
  • Eric Strimling
    signed via 2018-10-07 18:30:57 -0700
    Eric Strimling
  • Randall Block
    signed via 2018-10-07 18:07:14 -0700
    If this is city property, the city should decide without input from the affected homeowners. It is nuts to say that a few homeowners should decide because they have helped themselves to the public’s property in the past.
  • Ginny Parsons
    signed 2018-10-07 17:51:55 -0700
  • Catherine Egelhoff
    signed 2018-10-07 17:49:41 -0700
  • Ruthann Z. Cohn
    signed 2018-10-07 15:39:50 -0700
  • Carol Fairweather
    signed 2018-10-07 15:32:25 -0700
    If we give up Alameda rights to this city land now, we will never get it back. It does not belong to the homeowners. It belongs to all Alamedans.
  • Brandon Svec
    signed 2018-10-07 15:15:46 -0700
  • Betsy Brazy
    signed 2018-10-07 15:04:37 -0700
  • Charles Hodgkins
    signed 2018-10-07 14:59:39 -0700
  • Michael Heley
    signed 2018-10-07 14:44:22 -0700
  • Jennifer Weiss
    signed 2018-10-07 13:54:48 -0700
  • Brian McGuire
    signed 2018-10-07 13:20:42 -0700
  • Mike Pouliot
    signed 2018-10-07 13:10:30 -0700
  • James Nurthen
    signed 2018-10-07 13:02:43 -0700