Wednesday, September 12, 2018

From Alameda to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The Ocean Clean Up Voyage

On September 7th, Ocean Cleanup launched its System 001 from the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point into San Francisco Bay. ON September 8th, the system began its 3 to 5-day voyage heading 250-350 nautical miles offshore to the Pacific Trials area. After the trials are completed, System 001 will be towed approximately 1000 nautical miles to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, at an average tow speed of 2-4 knots taking two to three weeks.

This effort began in taking shape earlier this year when Ocean Clean Up signed a lease to assemble System 001 at Alameda point.

 The progress of the system can be followed at:

Live at 0921 PDT 12 Sep 2018

Information on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch at NOAA's website:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Marina Village Shuttle Doing its Part

This shuttle running between Marina Village Park and BART in downtown Oakland seems to have a growing ridership. Here's the evening run picking up at the Alameda County First Five building stop on Triumph at Independence

Could be as many as seven fewer cars in the Tube
More information on Alameda's shuttle services in a future post.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Alameda Plays Key Role in World Class Ocean Cleanup Effort

Yesterday, Ocean Cleanup launched it's innovative cleanup system from Alameda Point. The 2000 foot floating boom system will deployed in an attempt to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Mass.

Watching the Ocean Cleanup boom being towed from the Seaplane Lagoon staging  

Tow vessels moving the Ocean Cleanup float from the Seaplane Lagoon

Maersk Ocean Cleanup deep water vessel awaits the float outside the Breakwater

Some good stories about this landmark environmental clean-up adventure are found at:

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Stretch of Encinal is Going to Get Fixed

The City just posted Caltrans' plans for re-paving Encinal Avenue. Since this is a state road (Highway 61) we depend on Caltrans for its repaving. Note closure schedule below

September 10 – September 14, 2018

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced they will perform repaving activities on State Route 61/Encinal Avenue between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street the week of Monday, September 10 – Friday, September 14, 2018. “No Parking” signs will be placed and detours made available.

This repaving is being done on a particularly bad stretch of Encinal Avenue, which is owned and maintained by Caltrans, and is the subject of years of complaints of poor pavement condition. This maintenance project by Caltrans will restore the pavement until Caltrans finalizes the Complete Street Modification of Encinal Avenue (SR 61) from Broadway to Sherman in 2021, which will include the needs of all users of the transportation system -- pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users, as well as children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.

Locations and Closure Details:

·         Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Complete closure of Hwy 61/Encinal Avenue in both directions from Walnut Street to Willow Street (1 full block), detours will be in place. No Parking signs will be placed only on the northbound direction, residents can park along the southbound street.

·         No closures Wednesday, September 12

·         Thursday, September 13 & Friday, September 14: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Complete closure of Hwy 61/Encinal Avenue in both directions from Willow Street to Chestnut Street (1 full block), detours will be in place. No Parking signs will be placed only on the northbound direction, residents can park along the southbound street.

Advance warning changeable message signs and detour signs will be in place to assist motorists. The project will generate noise; however, it will be kept within construction standards. Caltrans expects the project to be complete by September 14, 2018. Motorists should drive with caution through the work zone.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

City Council Meeting Tonight

Tonight at 5:30 pm (Close session) / 7:00 pm (Open session), the City Council resumes its meetings following its August recess.

Topics of note on tonight's agenda are:

Negotiations with East Bay Regional Park District for future use of Alameda Point Northwest Territories for a  ~150 acre regional park (Closed session Item 3-A)

Encinal Terminals Master Plan (Open session Item 6-B)

Acquiring property from Union Pacific using Eminent Domain for remnant property adjacent to Jean Sweeney Open Space Park and  disused right-of-way by the Fruitvale railroad bridge (Open session Items 6-D and 6-E respectively)

Accepting the Annual Report on Rent Stabilization Program (Open session Item 6-H)

The full agenda is found at:

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day

Not just a three-day weekend  marking the end of summer, but a time to reflect on the work we all do and that which is still to come.

Honor Our Labor

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

City Bike Riding - Observations from China

Earlier this month, while on business in China, I saw a startling change from last's year's trip. Tianjin and Shanghai have almost nothing in common with Alameda, except that each of both cities are pretty much free of hills and each is both are dealing with growing car traffic congestion.

The big change is the sudden deployment of dock-less rental bikes, similar to Alameda's Lime Bikes. I saw at least four different providers and the bike were in use absolutely everywhere, almost as much as the electric scooters, which still dominate.

Riders leaving bikes near Shanghai's  Century Park (Pudong) metro station 

Dock-less bike parking area - next to Century Park (Pudong) metro station

Early morning riders in separated bike track in Tianjin (much more traffic at rush hour)

Dock-less bike with airless tires (solid rubber with hole

Both cities also physically separated bike paths from sidewalks and regular street traffic on major roadways (though helmets are not often seen or riders).

It is important to continue to measure the successes and improvements needed for Alameda's dock-less bikes and bike tracks (Shoreline Drive, Clement by Fortman Way and Fernside at Lincoln Middle School) as we plan future biking faclities. It seems to a safer option for bike riders when compared with on-street bike lanes.

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