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Flare Up Over Firewood

EBRP passes on a chance to capitalize on local firewood.

Lehman Signs on Signature Development Group for Oak Knoll Navy Hospital

The decommissioned naval hospital property at Oak Knoll may make headway in 2014.

Oakland Army Base Makes Headway as Logistics Center

The long-awaited development of Oakland and Alameda's decommissioned military bases get green lights. Their futures look very different.

Not So Fast, Customs

A concerned citizen has spurred city officials to investigate her complaints that a customs examination station in Alameda is a potential source of hazards ranging from radioactive material to weapons of mass destruction. Oakland said no to similar proposal for a screening facility in West Oakland.

Waterfront Access and the Bay Farm Development.

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 Beach Reborn Again

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.