Blogging Bayport Alameda

March 3, 2015

Manager, maintenance, meters, Main Street

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Tonight the City Council will be meeting in closed session to determine what to do about filling the position of City Manager.    I’m hoping that, whatever happens, that the City Council doesn’t end up — in grand Alameda fashion — to appoint a “weaker” City Manager that would be easier to “control” so to speak.  There’s a lot of micromanaging happening on the City Council level already, without some measure of push back it could get even worse.

Anyway, as usual, some big agenda items scheduled for tonight.  I’m going to guess that this ends up being a late meeting as well.   First up is approving a 60 year lease with WETA (Water Emergency Transportation Agency) aka ferries for their operations and maintenance facility.   According to the staff report this will be the first new construction at the base:

The Facility will include a 4-story building, diesel fuel storage tanks, upland work yard, and a 12-slip ferry berthing facility extending from the site shoreline into San Francisco Bay. The total project cost is estimated to be between $45 and $50 million including environmental, design, construction, mitigation, shop outfitting, construction management and support activities, which includes approximately $35 million for construction activities.
The facility will function as the Operations and Control Center and Emergency Operations Center for WETA’s central San Francisco Bay ferry fleet. The project includes dredging, approximately 25,000 square foot structure on land, construction of approximately 20,000 square foot marine facility over water and the associated infrastructure. Additionally, the project will include a realignment of the bay trail, improvements to the waterfront part and street/sidewalk improvements. The project site for the proposed facility is located southeast of the intersection of West Hornet Avenue and Ferry Point Road near Pier 3 on property owned by the City of Alameda. The site includes 0.73 acre of undeveloped upland real property, 3.4 acres of submerged lands on San Francisco Bay, and a 75-vehicle paved parking area

Also according to the staff report, WETA is contributing $2.5 million in improvements highlighted in the Master Infrastructure Plan including a new water line extension that others can build off.  WETA has also agreed to build a new haul out for the seal population prior to removing the existing haul out.

This should be a quick agenda item, but sometimes the quick and easy ones are the ones that take the longest because everyone has an opinion on it.  Park Street and “smart meters.”

Then bids for Fire Station aka the Fire Station that will go near the Emegency Operations Center on Buena Vista (the Fire Station, not the EOC, the EOC is on Grand).  Staff is asking that the City Council approve combining both the EOC and Fire Station bids together to get a better deal.

And the Main Street Neighborhood precise plan contract is back on this agenda after being continued from the last meeting.



  1. “WETA has also agreed to build a new haul out for the seal population prior to removing the existing haul out.”


    Comment by Jack Mingo — March 3, 2015 @ 6:35 am

  2. So far this is the only source stating that WETA has ‘reached an agreement’. It here a formal signed agreement?

    Comment by frank m — March 3, 2015 @ 7:49 am

  3. Should be ‘is there’.

    Comment by frank m — March 3, 2015 @ 7:50 am

  4. There’s a fair bit of intro about biologists’ reports etc and so forth in the staff report (worth a read if you are interested in the seals), but specific to the agreement, this is what the staff report says about the haul out:

    Even though the seal haul out is not an environmental condition noted by any regulatory agency nor are there any regulatory requirements associated with their project, WETA has voluntarily agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts, prior to the removal of the existing haul out, to locate, design, and construct an alternate seal haul out which will be outlined in a negotiated Memorandum of Understanding

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 3, 2015 @ 7:59 am

  5. Lauren ,
    3.4 acres of submerged land , are you saying they will be filling in the bay ?

    Comment by Joel Rambaud — March 3, 2015 @ 8:06 am

  6. It’s a maintenance facility for ferries, so I am assuming that they call dibs on the water in front of the building for ferry parking or something.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 3, 2015 @ 8:09 am

  7. Just received an update from the City, the submerged lands aka the water part, will be where WETA builds their floating docks for ferry boat parking overnight.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 3, 2015 @ 10:04 am

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