Blogging Bayport Alameda

February 19, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year!

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Yeah, no yelling or snarking today okay?  It’s the start of the Lunar New Year.

Happy year of the Sheep/Ram.




  1. Yay! happy New Year, everyone. May we all get little red envelopes at our doors.

    Comment by Li_ — February 19, 2015 @ 6:35 am

  2. Without snarky comments and yelling, how would we know it’s Blogging Bayport, Lauren? Happy New Year! 🙂

    Comment by Jon Spangler — February 19, 2015 @ 6:36 am

  3. Sheep? Goat? Ram? 🙂

    Comment by bayporter — February 19, 2015 @ 7:35 am

  4. Happy Tet, Lauren! St.Joseph’s gave out red envelopes to everyone [yes, church giving money back to the congregation], and pork and bean buns after 8 AM Mass.

    Comment by vigi — February 19, 2015 @ 9:39 am

  5. 5. Jon, if I m not mistaken, that’s kind of a snarky comment. And from you. Tsk, tsk! Happy New Year. I have many friends whose sign is the Year of the Sheep, although the personality description is not very apt for most of them. To everybody born under that sign, this is your year. Make it count! (But don’t count sheep because, you know, that would be counter productive.)

    Years of the Sheep

    Comment by Denise Shelton — February 19, 2015 @ 10:59 am

  6. Sorry my cut and paste didn’t go well. If all else fails, you can always Google it.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — February 19, 2015 @ 11:00 am

  7. I find Tết offensive.

    Comment by jarfree — February 19, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

  8. I am indeed a sheep person, having been born in 1943. Happy Tet to you and the family, Lauren.

    Comment by Kate Quick — February 19, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

  9. what better way to kick off a new year than with a new City Manager. Was expecting him to go back to Oakland. Since the position is a hire at the pleasure of City Council this should be interesting.

    Comment by MI — February 19, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

  10. C.M. situation already has my mind reeling with references about goat, ram, sheep because in our vernacular there are pejorative attributes for each. Think butting heads, sheep to slaughter, getting ones goat etc.

    Comment by MI — February 19, 2015 @ 2:47 pm

  11. What is the over/under on how many department heads will also leave following Russo’s departure, instead of having to stay and be disrespected and abused by the mayor?

    Comment by notadave — February 19, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

  12. Maybe she can hire from the of the Alameda Citizens Taskforce. Smart ain’t welcome.

    Comment by BC — February 19, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

  13. I noted a post on Civic Engagement page on FB from ACT member about public meeting to discuss facilities plan for Alameda High School, two schools vs one etc. The post erroneously stated the meeting would be discussed at City Council. You can applaud the enthusiasm for civic engagement, but what good is the bad information?

    Comment by MI — February 19, 2015 @ 4:45 pm

  14. Wow, Riverside, way to go Trish!

    Comment by jack — February 19, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

  15. the Mayor has only one vote, it will probably be a “NO” vote. as in 4 in favor, one opposed.

    Comment by John P. — February 19, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

  16. The year is looking up after all!!!! Russo and Gilmore’s legacy of the monstrous gas station through the tunnel lives on! Just wait for the majestic In and Out ! A real cultural hub for all to enjoy! Are we in Emeryville?

    Comment by Wendy — February 20, 2015 @ 12:02 am

  17. Wendy, we are in Alameda, and as stated before there were many public meetings with full input from the community on The Landing. Just because you happen to disagree with the product that came from this process does not mean that it was not a very public process. The majority of us who live in the West End are very happy to now have somewhere to shop, eat, and fuel up.

    Comment by John P. — February 20, 2015 @ 7:47 am

  18. I drove over to look at the progress at Alameda Landing the other day. I approached from Webster and Santa Clara, but it certainly does not look to me like entering from Oakland, anyone can even see the gas station unless they are going to the mall or through the area to that end of the island, in which case, it shouldn’t be a surprise. You can’t build it to look like the rest of Alameda which grew up in its own quirky way over time. People who live in those housing developments apparently like the convenience. I think there’s still an opportunity to make a nice gateway. I wish someone would revive the idea of a replica of the Neptune Beach tower. The Alameda Landing sign, etc. looks fine to me. Unless you make the turn to the right, you probably are looking straight ahead and won’t notice what’s up there.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — February 20, 2015 @ 9:12 am

  19. “I approached from Webster and Santa Clara,…” “…but it certainly does not look to me like entering from Oakland, anyone can even see the gas station…”

    Uh, you Easterners should stay in the East…you know, like approaching the Park street bridge from Park and Santa Clara and not seeing the Estuary.

    Comment by jack — February 20, 2015 @ 9:51 am

  20. 16. It’s the economy stupid. I’m not wild about development at the Landing at all, but it is ridiculous to blame Gilmore and Russo Regime. How quickly people forget, if they ever knew how long the process dragged out. I’ve posted this twenty times, but will do it again. Alameda Landing 101. In original developer selection for FISC Martin Groups pointed out ( predicted) the market for R&D could slump which it did. I distinctly remember that but don’t recall what their contingencies were, but they must have had some if the raised the possibility. But Catellus got the contract. The first alternative proposal from Catellus was for big box and people freaked. We had one dog and pony show after another. We were courted by design team that did Ferry Building in SF, had a proposal with Cliff Bar as anchor tenant which fell through. Then NOTHING for years and finally the economy has brought us Target, gas station and another burger joint. The gas station is the first thing you see when you exit the tube, huge and looming, but aside from the economy the configuration of that parcel limited the options and pretty much invited those uses. But go ahead and blame Gilmore and Russo. If Spencer Reign had commenced sooner maybe we could have maintained old warehouses and weeds forever. She surly would not have brought anything else, because the mayor has no real control over the forces of free market capitalism, although this mayor may wangle just enough clout to throw a wrench in to everything proposal and invoke development gridlock. That will be a huge improvement for sure.

    Comment by MI — February 20, 2015 @ 11:27 am

  21. p.s.- the zoning was nailed down before Gilmore was elected and Russo was hired, but go ahead and blame them anyway, because you can.

    Comment by MI — February 20, 2015 @ 11:48 am

  22. Not sure who was Mayor when Alameda Landing was initially approved – but I believe it was Ralph Appezzato followed by Beverly Johnson. I’ve talked about my feelings about this project many times – things I like about it and things I don’t, so I won’t rehash. But Russo is not to blame – the entitlement of Alameda Landing occurred during a different time.

    We’ve learned some valuable lessons about how to do better development in Alameda, especially at Alameda Point, and we can thank John Russo for that. John Russo led the fight to get us a no- cost conveyance from the Navy, which is pretty amazing considering the price tag was previously $108m.

    Secondly, he worked with his incredible staff to entitle it – tripling the value of this incredible piece of property located just 20 minutes away from one of the largest job centers in the country. In doing so, the City of Alameda became the master developer instead of turning it over to a master developer like we did at Alameda Landing. Next he brought us one of the most amazing development teams to kick-start the development – which includes some “community benefits”. Remember this word – because no other City Manager in our history has been able to negotiate community benefits like Russo. In the Del Monte deal alone we got $7.6m dollars in community benefits.

    It’s unfortunate that he will not be here to see the development of Alameda Point, but he led the way and created the foundation for an amazing project with a great team of urban designers and developers.

    Comment by Karen Bey — February 20, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

  23. Wendy, you fact-free judgments on this issue are, alas, the kinds of destructive claptrap that Spencer thrives on. More angry than informed is her base. We will have a hard time attracting a good city manager if she simply indulges such people. Part of being an effective leader is nodding politely at mad people, then ignoring them. Russo might have been politer. But not suffering fools gladly is hardlythe worst offense in the world.

    Comment by BC — February 20, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

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