East Bay Regional Park District

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Alameda Unified's suspension and expulsion rates declined last year, newly released state data show, though rates for African American and Latino students remained disproportionately high. District leaders attributed the drop to more supportive disciplinary interventions.

Representatives from the city, the East Bay Regional Park District and developer Tim Lewis Communities have agreed to attend mediation in an attempt to end their legal fight over a 3.899-acre property the park district had hoped to obtain to expand Crab Cove.

A pair of community groups is looking into its options for stopping a proposed home development on land the local park district had sought for expansion of Crab Cove – including a potential ballot measure that would rezone the land for park use.

Friends of Crown Beach and the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club have formed an exploratory committee to consider ways to halt a proposal to develop 48 homes on four acres of government property on McKay Avenue, across from Crab Cove, which the East Bay Regional Park District had hoped to acquire for an expansion.

The city is hosting a special meeting to gather input on an East Bay Regional Park District request to extend their work hours on the Robert W. Crown State Beach sand restoration project.

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Alameda Boy Scouts of America Troop #73 is joining the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group’s cycling team, the Storm Troopers, is joining the Ride to Defeat ALS on September 28 in Napa Valley, and the cyclists are trying to raise money to fund efforts to find a cure. The team is one of nearly four dozen seeking to raise $400,000 with the ride. The team’s fundraising page is here, as are links to individual riders’ pages.

Neptune Pointe occupies a relatively small sliver of Alameda, tucked away at the end of a narrow, crumbling lane obscured by a Foster’s Freeze restaurant and a thick row of leafy trees. But the 3.899-acre property sits at the heart of a massive dispute between a trio of public agencies that are warring over its fate.

East Bay Regional Park District representatives and their supporters voiced their continued opposition Wednesday to a proposed housing development on property the park district had hoped to purchase for an expansion of Crab Cove. And a city staffer acknowledged the park district may have found a way to stop the project in its tracks.

The Planning Board met Wednesday to gather public input on what should be included in an environmental study of the potential impacts that could be created by developing 48 new, single-family homes on the 3.89-acre property that once housed government offices along McKay Avenue.

City leaders have granted what some deemed an historic early approval for a new housing development that will include homes that don’t comply with Measure A, despite a lawsuit that challenges an earlier decision that allows such development on a limited number of sites.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, November 13

Managers of the East Bay Regional Park District announced they're suing the city over its decision to zone a piece of federal property adjacent to Crab Cove and Robert W. Crown State Beach to allow housing, a move city leaders fear could nullify new zoning rules approved by the state. District officials had wanted the property to expand Crab Cove's facilities.

The head of the East Bay Regional Park District is threatening to sue the city over a decision to allow housing development on a piece of federal property across the street from the Crab Cove Visitors Center, which the park district had hoped to acquire for a parking lot and other uses.

The lawsuit threat is the latest twist in the park district’s six-year battle to acquire the 3.899-acre property known as Neptune Pointe and to fend off residential development there. And city staffers fear it could put a dent in the city’s recently won state approval of its plan to address Alameda’s affordable housing needs.