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June 24, 2011

Rob Bonta: Show Your Support For Bringing Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory To Alameda

Filed under: Alameda, Guest blogging — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

As most of you know, on May 9, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced that Alameda Point was a finalist for location of LBNL’s second campus. Over the next few weeks, Alameda will “roll out the red carpet” in welcoming LBNL, and I hope that all of you will join many other Alamedans in personally participating in this process. There are a number of ways that you can get involved. First, you can show your support by attending a pre-public meeting BBQ on July 13, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the grassy mall area across from the Auctions by the Bay Theater, located at 2700 Saratoga Street on the Point. Second, following the BBQ, you can attend the public meeting with representatives from LBNL in the Theater. Third, you can put a sign in your window or on your lawn indicating your support of the City’s efforts to “Put the Point to Work,” which signs will be available soon from the Economic Development Department in Room 120 at City Hall.

The City has created a website dedicated to providing more information about LBNL and our community’s efforts to bring the second campus to the Point: Please check the site often for updates on the City’s efforts.

LBNL will benefit greatly from locating their second campus at Alameda Point. Alameda offers LBNL a unique, waterfront location accessible to numerous amenities and in a welcoming and safe community. It also offers room for LBNL to grow– and for private industry to develop around it. No other location on LBNL’s shortlist provides this unique combination of assets.

Alameda will benefit as well, making the project a win-win proposition. First, the project will serve as a catalyst for future development at Alameda Point. Similar to how UCSF catalyzed the development of Mission Bay in San Francisco, I envision LBNL acting as a change agent at the Point, spurring other positive development and productive uses in an area that is far from meeting its full potential. Economic impact studies confirm that most of the economic benefits of the Second Campus will be concentrated in the host community. In the last 20 years, LBNL’s research has formed the basis for over 30 startup companies, creating 2,393 current jobs. Most of these startups initially located near LBNL’s existing campus in Berkeley. Similarly, the second campus will attract research and partnering companies that want to locate near the prestigious facility.

Second, the second campus will stimulate economic activity in Alameda’s West End. In Phase One, LBNL anticipates locating approximately 840 employees at the second campus. This is a 62% increase in the number of jobs currently existing at the Point. These employees will increase sales and activity in the West End, particularly among Webster Street’s restaurants and shops, and in the new Alameda Landing commercial center as well as at Marina Village.

Third, LBNL’s second campus will bolster Alameda’s green-technology reputation. Building on the model of the VF Outdoor campus, the LEED-certified second campus building and LBNL’s focus on generating sustainable energy solutions will further strengthen Alameda’s bona fides as a green, clean place to live and work.

Fourth, the second campus will bring Alameda an invaluable resource. Our community will benefit from having a highly educated workforce working, and hopefully living, here in Alameda. Researchers at LBNL have, among other things, discovered 16 new elements, identified good and bad cholesterol, redefined the causes of breast cancer, turned windows into energy savers, and made many other contributions in the field of science.

Lastly, LBNL in Alameda can inspire our children and fuel their imaginations. As the City’s website suggests, imagine a Nobel Prize winner speaking at your son’s school, or imagine your daughter learning about electrons at a Lab open house. LBNL can inspire multiple generations of Alameda school children to careers in science and technology.

The City’s efforts to bring LBNL’s second campus to Alameda Point have met with widespread support across the entire community. I urge you all to attend the BBQ and meeting on July 13 and put this support on display for LBNL. This project is a clear and concrete example of how businesses, institutions, the local economy, and the community can all benefit from development at Alameda Point. If Alameda is ultimately selected, as I hope it will be, I have no doubt that LBNL’s second campus will be a game changer for the development of Alameda Point and for Alameda generally.

Rob Bonta is currently serving his first term on the Alameda City Council and his first term as Vice Mayor of the Alameda City Council.   Vice Mayor simply means that he received the highest number of votes in the last election and, much like the first runner-up in Miss America, gets to run the City Council meetings in the case that Mayor Marie Gilmore is unable to (aka whenever she is out of town).


  1. You need to rewrite the headline to indicate that the request for support was from Rob Bonta not addressed to Rob . (Rob Bonta: Call your mother)

    Development on the base, jobs on West End, stimulate the housing market and restaurant business on Webster, school access, and 800 + more people with college degrees in town- what’s not to like? Thank you for organizing this campaign which I will imagine will come down to costs of land acquisition and building costs- but every little bit helps.

    Prize to the first person who will say something about more cars on the street…but first factor in Wilver Stargell bypass.

    Comment by Make it go away — June 24, 2011 @ 8:28 am

  2. Not only is Alameda welcoming and safe, it’s a beautiful environment in which the Lab’s employees can collect their thoughts and fuel their imaginations. See the slideshow and video showing some of Alameda Point’s natural amenities:

    And here is a special photo gallery for all to enjoy:

    Comment by Richard Bangert — June 24, 2011 @ 8:34 am

  3. LBL,

    Drive through the Posey Tube or cross the High Street Bridge and experience why generations of Alamedans choose to live in Alameda. We are an island community famous for our wide and sunny beach, our Victorian homes, tree-lined streets, manicured parks, and our historical business districts.

    We have 6 yacht clubs, and two ferry terminals – one on both sides of the Island. Our schools are great and we have a very low crime rate.

    Enjoy our many cafes, our book stores, our great restaurants, and our beautifully restored theater.

    We would love to have you build your second campus in Alameda, and help us make Alameda Point become one of the most exciting new developments in the bay area.

    Comment by Karen Bey — June 24, 2011 @ 10:51 am

  4. Once again, you can also show suport by clicking “Like” on the Facebook page “Alameda Loves the Lab.”

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 24, 2011 @ 11:36 am

  5. The way the recent AFD contract was handled by Mr Bonta and the Council and Mayor with total Disregard of our City Auditor and City Treasure and the Concerned Citizens about the Financial Ramifications to the City of the New Contract gives me Huge Questions about this Project at the Point.

    I Disrust his judgement about what is good for the Citizens of Alameda and we are probably giving away the farm on this deal . I trust Mr Bonta about as far as I can throw a piano.

    Comment by John — June 25, 2011 @ 1:08 am

  6. Rob’s healine is Show Your Support For Bringing Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory To Alameda. Lauren Do added the name of contributor to the front of each headline.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — June 25, 2011 @ 9:45 am

  7. 5. “John”, as a completely fictitious character I’m sure you can throw a piano around the planet like the Green Lantern, just like you can run a company where employees will step on each others faces just to work for you for $10 an hour cause you are such a magnanimous employer, and the same way you can smear and insult people, and lie with impunity.

    I’m neutral on LBL at this point, but there are a lot of citizens who seem to be in a anxious to sell themselves and the rest of Alameda short on this one, along with Mr. Bonta. A lot of people whose judgement you summarily don’t trust.

    Comment by M.I. — June 25, 2011 @ 11:18 am

  8. M I

    Minuscule Intellegence….How is your Greece Economics Marketing Class working out.

    Comment by John — June 25, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  9. Why is Bonta on the take with this project too?

    Comment by Cliff — June 25, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

  10. 8. Gary or whoever you are, you previously accused me of attacking anybody who disagrees with me just for disagreeing with me, which is actually false, yet your only response to somebody who challenges you is to insult them. Sure proof of superior intellect. Whatever my I.Q., at least I’m not morally bankrupt troll hiding behind my computer.

    Comment by M.I. — June 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  11. M.I

    Go back thru this Blog and Review your actions towards me in last four months.

    “you previously accused me of attacking anybody who disagrees with me just for disagreeing with me, which is actually false”

    Take a realty pill.

    Comment by John — June 26, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  12. John are you Gary?

    Comment by J.E.A. — June 26, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  13. JEA

    No. I’m John…..Lived here 50 Years…..Went to School here….. Trusted most of went on here in Alameda til I started asking a few questions a few months ago. Ignorance is Frkn Bliss…

    Comment by John — June 26, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

  14. Like most in town, I’m very excited about bringing LBNL’s second and environmentally themed campus to town! As others have done an excellent job of pointing out all the many attractions we offer to LBNl, I’ll throw out three weaknesses and a possible solution that we need to address to succeed. These weaknesses are difficulties in meeting the following requirements:

    1) 20-25 minute gate-to-gate requirement for travel from original campus to second campus

    2) a broad range of services (esp. fine restaurants) with walking distance of the second campus, or within a 10-minute drive, and

    3) excellent connections to the regional transit systems (AC transit, BART, CAL TRAIN, airports).

    The best way I see of addressing these differences is for the community to commit to providing thousands of more housing units at Alameda Point to reduce the commute traffic through the Webster tube generated by the thousands of new jobs LBNL proposes to creat there, to attract restaurants and other services and amenities to the Point, and to support frequent transit service to the Point and LBNL. That number of housing units can only be built as condominiums, apartments and townhomes.

    Therefore, those who are serious about attracting LBNL here, must also advocate for environmentally responsible and sustainable multi-family housing.

    Comment by William Smith — June 26, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  15. Well, I say yes to LBNL and no to the houses…..not that anyone cares…..

    Comment by J.E.A. — June 26, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

  16. John, I realize you have some issues with the current cc – we get that. Bonta is trying to focus on showing community support for LBL in this post — but you continue to want to shift the attention to your negative agenda. Can you please give us a break for one day? I really like the idea of focusing on the positive and showing our support for LBL. That’s what this post is about, thanks!

    Comment by Karen Bey — June 26, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  17. J.E.A.,

    How can we have LBNL without the houses? Their request for qualifications makes it clear that they want general services and fine restaurants wthin walking distance of their site. How do we get those services without residents as there won’t be enough employees at LLNL, or at all of Alameda Point, to support services nearby without residents to patronize restaurants, dry cleaners, florists, car repair etc. on weekends and evenings. Other sites, notable Berkeley and Jack London Square, already have those services nearby.


    Comment by William Smith — June 26, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

  18. 17 “How can we have LBNL without the houses?” If you build it, they will come. Don’t put the cart before the horse.

    Establishing the new LBNL campus at Alameda Point will create a pool of potential buyers and renters for the eventual housing, which will reduce the commute mode for many employees to a pair of good shoes.

    Comment by Richard Bangert — June 27, 2011 @ 8:21 am

  19. Dear LBL,

    Please be wise and select a deiiferent city to conduct your business.

    Signed an Alameda Resident

    Comment by Just Wong — June 29, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  20. #13 The good thing about Blogging Bayport is that bloggers like Susan D can’t block your account if tey disagree with what you post.

    Comment by Danny Mills — June 29, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  21. #19. Nice try, but obviously you’re from another city. Alamedans want the Lab!

    Comment by Dave — June 29, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  22. Danny,

    As I have told you many times over on In Alameda:

    a) the bloggers don’t delete comments or block users on SFGate; the moderators do; and

    b) moderators don’t take down comments because they differ from the bloggers’ opinions. Moderators delete the comments when they violate the Terms of Service to which users agree when they register on the site. Even a passing glance at the comment threads on In Alameda will reveal many, many comments that challenge or refute the bloggers’ opinions.

    If you have questions about SFGate’s moderation policies or Terms of Service, you can always contact the moderators at

    Comment by Susan Davis — June 29, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

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