The clock started ticking yesterday but you still have a bit of time to review all 1000+ pages of the Alameda Point Draft Environmental Impact Report if you need a little light reading to get you through the day. Essentially you have to get this all read and processed by October 21, 2013, which will be your last day to make any comments on the Alameda Point draft EIR, the comments can be sent to the City by email, or you can choose to go to two public meetings, the first is next Monday at the Planning Board meeting, but that’s probably not going to get you through half of the document.
The final meeting will be at the City Council on September 25.
If you opt not to read the document on-line and you are too cheap to pay the $45 to get one printed up for yourself — I won’t lie, I wouldn’t pay that — you could find a copy at any number of public places like the libraries (branches and main), Mastick Senior Center, Golf Clubhouse, City Hall, City Hall West, APC, etc and so forth.
The usual suspects have already submitted some level of comments based on the Notice of Preparation that went out earlier including EBMUD, Port of Oakland, City of Oakland (with a gentle reminder about the Chinatown Agreement),
I will point out that at Tuesday’s night City Council meeting during City Manager Communications, City Manager John Russo made a point — probably largely in jest — to point out the number of organizations that had been included in the mailing regarding this draft EIR, including the East Bay Regional Park District. But this time they must have posted the letter in the right box, because EBRPD managed to submit a comment letter earlier. I will add that one interesting bit from the EBRPD letter is that they are asking the City to allow a certain amount of office space to be allowed in the open space area — right now it is not allowed — because they want to put some office space to manage the wildlife area for the VA.
Oh and if you don’t want to slog through that but want to feel engaged in the Alameda Point process on some small level, you can help the City rename the Town Center portion since some folks have expressed the opinion that the Town Center name is confusing. Of course the alternatives are not any better so…