Before the Point Isabel proposal, an airport was proposed off of Berkeley in 1945. (San Francisco Public Library History Center)
If a plan first raised in 1966 had flown with regulators, there might have been an airport for small aircraft along the Bay in Richmond where dogs now frolic, strollers and bicyclists take in Bay views and UC Berkeley is planning its global campus.
The proposal for the Point Isabel airport between Point Isabel and Brooks Island surfaced in the summer of 1966 and was largely embraced by business leaders in Richmond as beneficial to local commerce and the region as a whole. Had the proposal been made 10 years earlier, it might have flown. But plans to fill 225 acres of mudflats now had to go before the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the regulatory panel established in 1965 as a result of the activism of the the Save San Francisco Bay Association (later Save the Bay).
The airport proposal was exactly the type of project Save the Bay tried to halt, but it wasn’t for lack of trying by the idea’s promoters.
The City Councils in Albany, Berkeley and El Cerrito all went on record in opposition, with Kay Kerr, one of the three founders of Save the Bay and the wife of UC Berkeley President Clark Kerr, speaking against the project before the El Cerrito council.
The plan did get as far as being submitted to the BCDC for consideration, but discussion was postponed a few times and the notion ultimately ran out of steam.
On Nov. 16 the Oakland Tribune reported that Berkeley had officially stated its opposition to the project:
The council also went on record as opposing the proposed Richmond Airport in the bay between Point Isabel and Brooks Island. The project, which is to come before the Bay Conservation and Development Commission on Friday, would require
filling 225 acres in two stages.
The council opposed the project because it would create a noise problem and commit a major portion of the Eastbay shoreline before a regional plan could be drawn up. Councilmen also noted that regional plans call for inland rather than bay airports.
On Nov. 19 the Tribune reported that “BCDC took no action at this time on a request by the city of Richmond for an ‘advisory opinion’ on a proposed airport construction at Point Isabel which would involve filling 225 acres of tidelands. The project would serve small planes.”
A man readies to throw a ball for his dog to fetch while enjoying the sunset at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (Dean Coppola/Staff)
West County are being asked to help shape transportation priorities in the county by taking part in a Telephone Town Hall call-in event from 6-7 p.m. today, Nov. 12.
To join the discussion and learn planning efforts now taking place, call toll-free to 877-229-8493 and enter access code 112664 when prompted.
The event is hosted by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee.
High-capacity transit provides substantially higher passenger capacity than local transit. It is the type of transit that people often use for their daily commute to work. This 15-month study will evaluate public transportation options and identify funding opportunities to improve the quality and effectiveness of transit in West County and expand alternatives to driving on congested streets and highways.
During the Telephone Town Hall Call-In Event, you’ll learn more about the Study and concurrent planning efforts. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. You’ll also be asked to respond to a few quick polling questions through the touch of a button on your phone.
The Telephone Town Hall Call-In Event will be the first of several opportunities to provide your input. The first round of public meetings will be held in February, with a second round anticipated in Spring 2016.
To stay involved with the project, sign up to get future emails about upcoming ways to participate, visit www.WestCountyTransitStudy.com.
The cacophonous mobile celebration known as the East Bay Bike Party returns to the on Friday, with more than 150 riders signed up for a rolling event that will gather at the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station at 7:30 p.m. and set out at 8 on a route that will pass through Albany on the way to the Downtown Berkeley BART station.
The theme for the August ride is something we are calling ‘A Gathering,'” the organizer of this month’s party says on the group’s Facebook event page.
I’m calling on all the bike crews that inhabit the bay area bike-o-sphere to come out and show your colors and rally around the flag. A flag of your own making. I’m sponsoring a flag contest. The best flag with the most righteous crew wins. Your tribe doesn’t have to be a bike crew. If you want to carry the Warriors banner, feel free, Maybe your tribe wants to carry the banner of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or even Slytherin, go ahead. Burners, Zombie riders, DC Comic fans, yoga practitioners, the list goes on. One of the best things about bike party is how this diverse community, that calls the bay area their home, comes together for the big group bike ride. Let’s celebrate it.
The Gathering Ride is all about building up the strength of the bike crews in the area. Group rides are and should be happening all the time with or without EBBP. This next bike party is your crews chance to step up identify yourselves and let the everyone know you are here, you believe in the principles of bike party and you are ready to lead in our biking community.
Remember our 6 rules, and make sure all your friends and fellow crewmates do too:
*Stay to the Right
*Stop at lights
*Pack your Trash
*Don’t get Smashed
Mike Croda from the El Sobrante Historical Society, dressed up as a bartender from Ed’s, the oldest bar in El Sobrante, opened in 1938 at the dedication of streetside improvements July 8. County Supervisor John Gioia is at right, being interviewed. From the society webpage: “When Ed Banducci (Sr.) and his wife Teresa bought this place in 1938 it was already old. Legend has it that it served as a “road house” to travelers along the Dam Road (and before that, the San Pablo Creek Road). The couple quickly remodeled the structure and re-opened it as “Ed’s Tavern.” It was remodeled again in the early 1950s and has changed little since. It is located just west of the intersection at Valley View.” (Photo courtesy Sonia Bustamante)
Streetscape improvements on San Pablo Dam Road — including wider sidewalks, new bus benches and trash receptacles, landscaping and historic markers — were dedicated on July 8that businesses hope attract more visitors to the area.
The improvements cover about a 3/4-mile segment of the Dam Road between Appian Way and El Portal Drive and is the culmination of four years of planning. Four bus stops will also be relocated to improve transit access.
“The whole idea is to make downtown pedestrian friendly and encourage more people to use the downtown,” said Supervisor John Gioia.
The $2.3 million downtown walkability project was funded by Measure J, a county transportation tax approved by voters in 2004, and local county road maintenance funds. Planning for downtown’s face-lift started in 2011 and construction began a year ago.
The amenities will be shown off to a large audience when the El Sobrante Stroll is held on Sept. 20.
One of the historic markers and some of the trash receptacles when they were still awaiting installation. (Photo courtesy Lyle Ziggy Miller, El Sobrante Historical Society.)
This paver noting the location of El Sobrante Chevrolet service has now been installed. (Photo courtesy Lyle Ziggy Miller, El Sobrante Historical Society.)
BART is holding an outreach event from 4-7 p.m. July 8 on plans for the Del Norte statio
El Cerrito del Norte Station Modernization Community Event
The community can hear about BART’s plans to modernize the El Cerrito del Norte station, view the conceptual redesign, learn more about the planned art for the station and the construction timeline at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The open house will be held at the station, San Pablo Avenue at Cutting Boulevard.
As part of the Station Modernization effort, BART plans to upgrade and modernize the station’s function, safety, capacity, sustainability, and appearance, and improve the customer and employee experience.
More details: http://www.bart.gov/about/planning/contracosta/elcerritodelnorte
El Cerrito has announced road closures on Fairmount and Manila avenues this week for paving work.
Fairmount will be closed between Richmond Street and Colusa Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Manila will be closed between Richmond and Kearney streets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Traffic will be detoured around both work sites.
The announcements from the city:
Fairmount Ave – Temporary Road Closure & Detours Thursday, June 18
The City of El Cerrito, Public Works Department is completing a paving project on Fairmount Avenue between Colusa Avenue and Richmond Street. On Thursday, June 18th, this section of Fairmount will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Vehicles will be detoured to Colusa Avenue, Eureka Avenue, Ashbury Avenue, Central Avenue and Richmond Street. Garbage, Recycling and AC Transit, as well as, local traffic will be allowed through the work zone with minor delays. Emergency vehicles will always have access. Please expect minor delays. Thank you for your patience during this construction work. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at (510) 215-4382.
Manila Ave – Temporary Road Closure & Detours
Friday, June 19
The City of El Cerrito, Public Works Department is completing a paving project on Manila Avenue between Richmond Street and Kearney Street. On Friday, June 19th, this section of Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Vehicles will be detoured to Richmond Street, Schmidt Lane and San Pablo Ave. Garbage, Recycling and AC Transit, as well as, local traffic will be allowed through the work zone with minor delays. Emergency vehicles will always have access. Please expect minor delays. Thank you for your patience during this construction work. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at (510) 215-4382.
AC Transit has issued the following announcement about bus route detours in downtown Oakland on Friday during the parade and celebration for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors:
AC Transit Salutes the Warriors & Detours Buses for Parade Celebration
AC Transit heartily congratulates the Golden State Warriors for winning the championship of the National Basketball Association, and will re-route buses to accommodate a parade tribute through the streets of downtown Oakland on Friday.
On Friday, June 19, 2015, the city of Oakland will stage a winding celebration that will disrupt all street traffic from the heart of downtown Broadway to the Kaiser Convention Center on the south side of Lake Merritt.
As a result, for the most of the day, there will be street closures and bus detours around the downtown Oakland area. AC Transit is urging its customers to be patient as bus routes will be re-directed and commutes will likely be slowed by significant traffic delays.
Specifically, the parade will affect the area bordered by Grand Avenue to the north; Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to the west; 8th Street to the south; and Lakeshore Avenue to the east.
The bus lines that are subject to detours include the: 1, 1R, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 31, 40, 51A, 58L, 62, 72, 72M, 72R, 88, and NL and All Nighter lines 801 and 840.
More details about taking AC Transit to the festivities, including information about the detours on Friday, is available online at www.actransit.org.
The Berkeley Police Department has issued the following reminder about traffic and parking restrictions in effect during the football game Sept. 27 at UC Berkeley:
The Berkeley Police Department would like to remind the community of parking restrictions and road closures, associated with the football game at UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Restricted parking will be in effect in the following areas:
Bancroft Way from Bowditch to Warring Avenue
Durant Avenue west of College Avenue along the south side
College Avenue from Bancroft Way to Dwight Way
Piedmont Avenue from Gayley Road to Channing Way
Warring Avenue from Bancroft Way to Channing Way
Prospect Avenue from 2250 Prospect to Channing Way
Canyon Road from Panoramic Way to Stadium Rim Way
Hearst Avenue from Oxford to Gayley Road
Milvia Avenue from Kittredge to Durant Avenue
Oxford Avenue from Hearst to Center Street
Ashby Avenue from Claremont Blvd to Domingo Avenue
Motorists should pay particular attention to the posted tow away signs in the restricted areas. Enforcement will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. and remain in effect until approximately 6:00 p.m. Vehicles will be towed to a temporary lot, located at Bancroft Way and Milvia Street. If you discover your vehicle has been towed you may proceed to the lot to pick it up. If you are unsure if your vehicle was towed you may call the non-emergency number, 510-981-5900 to confirm.
The following roads will be closed:
North bound traffic on Piedmont Avenue at Bancroft Way (at approximately 7:00 am)
East bound traffic on Durant Avenue at College Avenue (at approximately 11:00 am)
North and East bound traffic on Piedmont Avenue at Channing Way (at approximately 11:00 am)
Access to the Panoramic Way and Dwight/Hillside neighborhoods will be limited to residents.
We expect a large number of people to attend the game this Saturday. Please consider taking public transportation to the game.
For more information on getting to the game please visit Cal’s Game Day Visitors Guide.http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209129660
Caltrans issued the following announcement about its work on the MacArthur Maze:
Full nighttime closures continue at Maze Structure In Oakland
ALAMEDA COUNTY–The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be continuing night time full closures in Oakland on westbound Interstate 580 to eastbound Interstate 80 connector along with Interstate 580 westbound MacArthur On-ramp from July 8th through July 11th.
Caltrans has scheduled additional construction activities on westbound Interstate 80 to eastbound 580 connector starting on July 8th. Construction is expected to be ongoing until September 2014.
Full Closures of 580 West – 80 East Connector and 580 West MacArthur On-ramp
July 8th through July 11th, 2014
Sunday through Thursday 11:00 P.M – 5:00 A.M.
Friday night and Saturday night 11:59 A.M. – 7:00 A.M.
Full Closures of Westbound Interstate 80 to Eastbound Interstate 580 connector and 580 East MacArthur Off-ramp:
July 8th through August 15th, 2014
Sunday through Thursday 11:00 P.M – 5:00 A.M.
Friday night until Saturday morning 11:59 P.M. – 7:00 A.M.
Motorists are advised to use the following detour during the work. Detour Signs will also be posted. All work is weather permitting.
Detour for Interstate 580 West to Interstate 80 East traffic:
Motorists will continue on Interstate 80 west towards San Francisco, take “PARKING LOT EXIT ONLY” exit on the left to the Toll Plaza parking lot, and merge to Interstate 80 east.
Detour for Interstate 580 West MacArthur on-ramp traffic:
Motorists will turn right on San Pablo Ave (alternatively turn right on Hollis St), turn left on Powell St and merge to the 80E.
Detour for Interstate 80 West to Interstate 580 East traffic:
Motorists will continue to Interstate 880 South, exit at the West Grand Ave off-ramp, turn right on West Grand Ave and merge to the 580 east Maritime/West Grand on-ramp.
Detour for Interstate 580 East MacArthur off-ramp traffic:
Motorists will take the next exit to Webster St.
Motorists should expect delays and allow for extra travel time.
For real-time traffic, click-on Caltrans Quick Maps at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
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For additional information please visit our website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/80580bridgerehab/
Caltrans appreciates your patience as we work to maintain our highways.