For about as long as people have lived on San Francisco Bay, there has been tension over developing or preserving this rich natural resource. And like other communities that ring the Bay, Alameda’s Bay Farm Island is no exception: From the arrival of the Spanish in the 1700s to the struggle between the Island’s asparagus farmers and developers in the 1800s to the effort to connect the island to Oakland with landfill in the 1900s, Bay Farm Island residents have experienced their share of conflict.
Crown Memorial State Beach offers magnificent views of San Francisco, boasts easy pedestrian access, and has (relatively) warm water at its shore. The beach stretches 9,000 feet and attracts more than 600,000 visitors per year, making Crown Beach the longest and most heavily used beach on the Bay. And a shoreline that length needs lots of sand—which is why last fall the East Bay Regional Park District completed an almost $5.7 million project to replenish the park with approximately 82,000 cubic yards of the stuff.
Kimberly Bryant of San Francisco is hoping to shape the next Mark Zuckerberg or Sergey Brin, but in her mind, this new tech superstar looks a lot like her daughter.
Oh, the places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss famously said, and his admiring exclamation certainly applies to the East Bay Children’s Book Project, started in 2005 by a few retired teachers who wanted to give books to kids with little or no access to the written word. Little did the tiny band of literacy warriors know that less than a decade later, the books distributed would number almost a million—and counting.
Hundreds of couples are expected to wed today around the state in the first day that same-sex marriage is legal in California.
We are writing to alert you to a counterproductive new tactic being used by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in an ill-advised quest to promote a spraying program against the Light Brown Apple Moth.