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June 25, 2012

Sittin’ on the temporary dock in the lagoon

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

At tonight’s Planning Board meeting, on the agenda is a proposal for Artemis Racing — you know the Swedish America’s Cup team — to build a temporary floating dock and crane to lift the boats in and out of the water.  The are also proposing to have a temporary fence built around the dock entrance for security reasons, and said that if the boats are ever in the water overnight, there will be crew on board the boats for security reasons.

As I mentioned last week, Artemis Racing is occupying one of the warehouses hangers very close to the Bladium and consequently right on the Seaplane Lagoon.  According to staff, if approvals go through Artemis will be able to have boats in the water by July.

1600 Park Street is also back on the agenda, better known as the old Good Chevrolet site or by its new name Alameda Station. A quick tidbit on the Alameda Station name, after a commenter came up to blast the name a few meetings ago saying that it had no significance, someone attached to the project came up to say that the location was actually the location of an old train station stop by the name of Alameda Station, therefore: Alameda Station. Just in case you were wondering.

According to the staff report Alameda Station is trying to work with the Alameda Marketplace to get a Reciprocal  Easement Agreement (REA) for shared use of the parking lots since both properties sit next to one another, but those discussions have so far not been successful.     But while staff used to think that the REA would be essential, they are now reconsidering that position.    Personally shared parking as much as possible would be better than not, it just seems silly to have two curb cuts on Park Street when one should be sufficient to service both the Marketplace and the CVS and assorted shops.  Anyway, more plans here.

Under the consent calendar, VF Outdoor on Bay Farm Island is looking to change up some of their plans every so slightly including a solar panel array.   They are also eliminating the plan for a volleyball court and instead will develop a larger edible garden for its cafeteria and a boulder climbing and cross-fit area.   Seriously though, this VF Outdoor campus is sounding more and more like a pretty sweet place to work.   It’s definitely a signature business that Alameda can be proud of.  In case you were wondering what brands the VF Outdoor family encompasses, click here.

And finally, the UC Berkeley Landscape Design Studio students are going to be presenting their own designs for the Northwest Territories at Alameda Point.  I believe this was some sort of self-initiated school project.



  1. “… occupying one of the warehouses very close to the Bladium…”

    I assume you’re talking about the building on the base that has a big number ’12’ on it, if so, it’s a hangar not a ‘warehouse’ and there is another hangar between it and the Bladium hangar…’close’ is a relative term. The hangar with a big ’12’ on it is ‘closer’ to building 400, since it’s part of it.

    Not to be picky, but we don’t want the Swedes misled (if there’s another Bld. #12, strike all of the above).

    Also, I tend to agree with the ‘blast’ about calling the Good Chev site ‘Alameda Station’. The ‘station’ was not on the Good site it was on that little triangle across Tilden Way. Tilden Way was where the RR tracks were. Plus it wasn’t known as a ‘Station’ it was the Alameda Train Depot, the only Depot in Alameda for the trains that came across the RR Bridge from Oakland and continued down Railroad and then back to Oakland.

    The train stops along the journey down Railroad Ave (Lincoln) were called ‘Stations’ because they were basically ‘a get on, get off’ site, in contrast to the Depot which was a building that one could walk into, buy tickets and wait indoors instead of under a shelter.

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 25, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  2. VF Outdoor and their developer are doing a great job in putting this “working campus” together……took an “unofficial” tour of the exterior last week and I’m extremely impressed with the environmentally friendly design and all the “green” features they have incorporated. When completed, this may challenge, if not exceed Peet’s as to who’s GREENER; plus VF has committed to be “good corporate neighbors” in their support of our community…….WELCOME VF……!!!

    Comment by Anthony Bologna, Jr. — June 25, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  3. No, silly DoDo. It’s not that it has no significance, it has no geographical significance. If you’re already IN Alameda, the name “Alameda Station” does not help you find it. It is already being confused with Alameda Landing. Of note, the train stations were named for their cross-streets, as in Chestnut Stn; Morton Stn; Grand Stn, etc. which helped locate them. It would be better for business to call it “Tilden Station” or perhaps Foley Station-altho that conjures up visions of the catheter by the same name. For example, one of the most confusing names in Alameda is “Park Webster” condos. If you haven’t been there before, you have a 50% chance of ending up at the wrong end of town trying to find it.

    Comment by vigi — June 25, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  4. I have maps from 1902 and 1913 showing it as “Alameda Station” when it had become a suburban commuter line rather than a connection on the CP rail from the east coast. Later it was listed as “Park Street (North)” on schedules, but I think that the George’s have already renamed their building “Park Street Station.”

    Comment by Kevis Brownson — June 25, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    • Thanks for the info Kevis!

      Additionally there is this old map which shows the subdivision, including said parcel, as being named “Alameda Station” as well. I suppose that if a shopping center on the South Shore can be named South Shore then it’s not too far of a stretch to name a retail project “Alameda Station” after a nearby train station or historic subdivision.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 25, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  5. vigi has an excellent point. I think the Historical Advisory Board (or whatever it’s called) should have a say in the naming of this area. “Alameda Station”, is a name clearly not within the historical naming of train stops in Alameda. If it has to be called a “station” it should, at least reflect the historical context. I’d vote for “Foley Station” or better yet, “Alameda Depot”.

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 25, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  6. Technically that Station was known as North Park Station as opposed to the other Park Street Station which was located at Encinal and Park and called South Park Station. Even though maps show the North Station as ‘Alameda Station’ it’s probably shown that way because coming from Oakland it was the only depot size station in Alameda. Besides in the drawings referenced in Do’s Post above, the Planning Board calls Tilden Way ‘Tilden Street’ in numerous places so what stuff is called and what is historically correct sometimes diverge

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 25, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  7. I think the Miwok Indians use to have large suburb of Tee Pees back in 0007….Where Good Cheverolet was located.

    They would probably prefer a Casiono there now……

    My friends Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandpa friend was commonly known as Chief Russsssso. He had a Vision.

    Alameda, a Spanish word for a grove of poplar trees, was originally a forest of giant coastal live oaks, wild flowers, thick under brush and poison oak, situated on a 2,200 acre peninsula, half marsh. For nearly 3500 years the first residents were probably a branch of the Miwok Indians, then in 1820 Luis Peralta received it in what was to become one of the most valuable land grants in the state of California.

    Comment by John — June 25, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  8. History of Alameda

    Alameda, a Spanish word for a grove of poplar trees, was originally a forest of giant coastal live oaks, wild flowers, thick under brush and poison oak, situated on a 2,200 acre peninsula, half marsh. For nearly 3500 years the first residents were probably a branch of the Miwok Indians, then in 1820 Luis Peralta received it in what was to become one of the most valuable land grants in the state of California. Comprising portions of El Cerrito, Berkeley, Albany, Oakland, Piedmont, and Alameda, the 35 square mile area became Rancho San Antonio. In 1842, dividing the property between his four surviving sons, Antonio Maria got all of Alameda and much of Oakland.

    In 2022 all this was Divided up between the Employee Unions for the City of Alameda and the City of Oakland because Residents were unable to meet their Salary and Pension Obligations.

    Comment by John — June 25, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  9. Since CVS has taken their former Good Chevy Tee Pee site, John, do you think the Miwok tribe would settle for the Point as the location for thier Casiono? We could call it Point Casiono, great name has certain ring to it, kinda like a cash register…

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 26, 2012 @ 9:02 am

  10. Better yet, maybe we could get a PRT network project built by Chief Heathrow of the ancient Caledonis tribe and scatter PRT’s thoughout the Bay Area with homing devices with a single destination…Point Casiono Station. Let the ringing begin!

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 26, 2012 @ 9:16 am

  11. Thank you, Jack. Sometimes I don’t think Lauren would get the Point if it jabbed her in the rear end. South Shore is appropriate because it refers to a location within Alameda. When the entire island bears the name Alameda, it is not useful to apply the same name to subsets within it, no matter what the historical context. Even the Devil can cite History for her purpose-isn’t that what the Bible says? And back in 1875, the area wherein “Alameda Station” was located was better know as the Town of Encinal [Encino=an oak tree; Encinal=grove of oak trees], so it was a more useful name in 1875 than it would be today.
    Yet, despite the oaks, the city became known as Alameda. Why? There are only 10 Populus nigra trees left in this city of poplar trees. They wouldn’t win a Poplarity Contest today…

    Comment by vigi — June 26, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  12. Jack

    Your always ten steps in front of the crowd.

    Wasn’t it the Milwauk Tribe that made Milwauk e’ Famous. Maybe the Miwoks can save us.

    Somedays the Dooooo Drop Inn’s patrons are not too big on Humor or History.

    Comment by John — June 26, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  13. What I thought was a Joke in Regards to the Miwok Tribes in Reality they are the Donald Trumps of California Gaming…….Truth always funnier than Fiction.

    Federally recognized tribes

    The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs officially recognizes eleven tribes of Miwok descent in California. They are as follows:

    Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians[4]

    California Valley Miwok Tribe, formerly known as the Sheep Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians[5][6]

    Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

    The tribe owns Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino, located in Jamestown, California,[7] as well as the Ranch House Restaurant

    Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, formerly known as the Federated Coast Miwok[7]

    Ione Band of Miwok Indians, of Ione, California[8]

    Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

    The tribe opened their first bingo hall in 1985, but it was a rocky start on their path to self-reliance. The bingo hall opened and closed three times. With Margaret’s incredible determination, she convinced her tribal government to let her try one more time. In 1991, with backing from honest investors, Jackson Indian Bingo opened its doors.

    Several political moves were necessary for the bingo hall to grow into a casino. The tribe watched carefully as California voters approved Proposition 5, the Tribal Government Gaming and Economic Self-Sufficiency Act in 1998. The following year the Tribe signed a compact with the State of California. Proposition 1A, the California Indian Self-Reliance Amendment, passed in 2000, affirming the right to gaming on tribal lands and Jackson Rancheria’s path to self sufficiency was clear.

    Middletown Rancheria (Members of this tribe are of Pomo, Lake Miwok, and Wintun descent)

    Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract)[9]

    The tribe owns Redhawk Casino, located in Placerville, California. They also own Henry’s Steakhouse and Mahogany Bar; Pearl Asian Cuisine; Koto Grille; Waterfall Buffet; Two Rivers Café; Stage Bar; Kids Quest entertainment and childcare; CyberQuest, a non-violent video arcade; and Red Hawk Traders, a gift shop and gallery.[8] as well as the Ranch House Restaurant.

    Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria

    The Tuolumne Miwok own and operate the Black Oak Casino, Black Oak Cafe, Seven Sisters restaurant, The Mill bar, Kingpins, Willow Creek Lounge, Manzanita Bar, the Underground Arcade, and Brunswick Blowing Center in Tuolumne

    United Auburn Indian Community of Auburn Rancheria[10]

    The Tribe owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California, located near the northwest corner of Athens and Industrial Avenues, in the Sunset Industrial Area of unincorporated Placer County. The 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) facility, which opened in June 2003, offers a variety of entertainment including slot machines, video gaming, and various table games. Guests can also dine in an array of restaurants and bars.

    UAIC entered into a Tribal-State Gaming Compact with the State of California in September 1999 in order to conduct Class III gaming on trust land. This Compact was later successfully renegotiated with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004.

    In an unprecedented approach, the UAIC worked closely with Placer County, neighboring cities, and citizens that resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding to mitigate any potential impacts of the proposed development.[6] The Tribe’s Thunder Valley Casino Resort opened in June 2003 and continues to draw unprecedented crowds.

    In 2010, Thunder Valley Casino Resort was named Best Regional Casino in Sacramento Magazine’s “Best Of” issue, beating out competitor casinos Red Hawk Casino and Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel.[8]

    Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe[11]

    Comment by John — June 26, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  14. Who needs money for the Parks

    Just when you thought kids have nothing to do this Summer on Facebook

    New Zynga game, The Ville, allows virtual sex

    In a first for a Zynga casual game, users can now have virtual sex in a new game, The Ville. The game will be available tomorrow.

    The Ville, which appears to be heavily inspired (to put it kindly) by the popular game The Sims, is the most realistic game yet in the Ville series of games that includes FarmVille, CityVille, and CastleVille. The concept is that you build your dream house in the app, and then invite your friends over to hang out.

    While you can have virtual sex in The Ville, you cannot yet get virtually married. And there are no virtual consequences, like children. Some pro-family groups are bound to take issue with that.

    The game is not age-restricted. Gray says that since the game requires a Facebook login, Zynga can rely on Facebook’s own age restrictions. No news on what happens if Facebook opens up (officially) to users under its
    current cut-off of 13.

    Comment by John — June 26, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  15. “Just when you thought kids have nothing to do this Summer on Facebook New Zynga game, The Ville, allows virtual sex…”

    You mean they’re gonna stop doing the real thing???

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 26, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

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