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CITIZENS FOR EAST SHORE PARKS (CESP) E-Newsletter - December 2004

In this edition
Message from the Editor CESP web-site: www.eastshorepark.org
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Name Change: CITIZENS FOR EAST SHORE PARKS
Annual Fundraising Appeal
UPDATES
Richmond - Pt. Molate
Albany - Waterfront
Berkeley - Berkeley Meadow, Ballfields
EVENTS

Message from the Editor

Dear Citizens for East Shore Parks,
If this is your first newsletter, welcome! The information contained in your monthly e-newsletter, which announces actions alerts and upcoming events for East Shore Parks is also available at our website: www.eastshorepark.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CESP HAS CHANGED ITS NAME to reflect a transition in the focus of our work. We are now working actively to preserve open space in surrounding areas, e.g. Richmond. We decided a name change to CITIZENS FOR EAST SHORE PARKS (CESP) most accurately reflects the shift in our work and mission.

To assist us with our expanded vision, CESP will shift towards full-time staff in the near future. In order to fund this transition, we must show foundations that their support is matched by strong community support. Soon, you'll receive a letter from us in your mailbox. Your contributions will help make this possible and allow us to continue our work.

Best wishes for the holiday season and a happy new year!

UPDATES

RICHMOND - Point Molate - The City of Richmond accepted the Upstream Investments proposal to build a gigantic casino at Point Molate. CESP opposes this decision. Although it does not approve Chevron's alternative proposal, it appreciates the fact that Chevron preserves open space. CESP strongly encourages further public meetings that are open to all at which the wishes and needs of area residents and plans that reflect them can be heard and considered.

ALBANY - Shoreline - The Albany Waterfront Committee hosted a meeting to discuss the future of the Albany Waterfront on Thursay, Dec. 2nd at 7:30. Brian Hickey (California State Parks) and Larry Tong (East Bay Regional Park District) presented future projects. Items discussed included the following: 1. on-leash dog policy; 2. homeless dwellings; 3. art on the shoreline; 4. toxicity of Albany Beach; 5. amenities (bathrooms, etc.) as well as others.

BERKELEY - Berkeley Meadow, Ballfields - The Berkeley Meadow, which is located at the end of University Avenue, is currently undergoing restoration by the East Bay Regional Park District and the California State Parks. These restorations will be completed by February 1 when the northern harrier is due to return. Restoration efforts include the removal of invasive and the planting of native species; the creation of paths in the interior of the meadow; and the installation of interpretive signs.

Berkeley Gilman Ballfields - The ballfields that will be located south of Gilman are moving ahead in the planning stages. We are pleased to report that $3 million have been secured towards the creation of these ballfields.

OUTINGS AND EVENTS

Nov 14 - Feb 14,2005 The Albany Shoreline: A Visual History, Susan Moffat, curator, presents the history of the Albany Shoreline, through photos and maps. As the community debates the future of the waterfront, examine the visual record of past activities and past plans. Albany Community Center, 1247 Marin Ave (at Masonic). For more information, please contact Susan Moffat (Friends of Albany Beach) at 510-525-3125 or at susanmoffat@sprintmail.com.

Thank you for reading! This newsletter was brought to you by Citizens for the East Shore Parks (CESP), working to preserve open space for wildlife and recreational use along the eastern shore of the Bay through advocacy and education. You received this message because you are listed as a supporter of Citizens for East Shore Parks or because a friend from the list forwarded the message on to you. Please feel free to share this with others who also care about the Bay Area's parks and open spaces.

For more information about upcoming events and actions, or how to volunteer, please feel free to contact Tina Gerhardt at pjones@eastshorepark.org or at (510) 461- 4665.

CESP is a 501(c)3 that relies on contributions to carry out its work. Donations are tax deductible and gladly accepted. They can be made out to CESP and sent to us at: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite I, Berkeley CA 94702





CITIZENS FOR EAST SHORE PARKS (CESP) E-Newsletter - November 2004

ELECTION RESULTS ISSUE!!

In this edition:

Message from the Editor
ANNOUNCEMENTS
NAME CHANGE: CITIZENS FOR EAST SHORE PARKS
UPDATES
Alameda / Contra Costa - Measure CC & State Assembly
Richmond - City Council; Pt. Molate
Albany - Prop. 68; City Council
Berkeley - City Council
OUTINGS AND EVENTS
History of Albany Waterfront Exhibit Opens Nov. 14

Message from the Editor
Dear Citizens for East Shore Parks,

If this is your first newsletter, welcome! The information contained in your monthly e-newsletter, which announces actions alerts and upcoming events for East Shore Parks is also available at our new website: www.eastshorepark.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CESP HAS CHANGED ITS NAME to reflect a transition in the focus of our work. For decades we worked actively with fellow residents in our communities, with agencies, and with local and state representatives, to establish the Eastshore State Park. On December 6, 2002, that goal was successfully achieved. Since then, we have been working actively with park agencies, local representatives and organizations to ensure that the General Plan for the Eastshore State Park, which ensures the preservation of area wildlife, is properly implemented. Yet we are also working much more actively to preserve open space in surrounding areas, e.g. Richmond. Thus, we decided a name change to CITIZENS FOR EAST SHORE PARKS (CESP) most accurately reflects the shift in our work and mission.

UPDATES

ALAMEDA / CONTRA COSTA COUNTY - Election Results - Measure CC

Absentee ballots for Measure CC are still being counted. Results should be in by Thanksgiving weekend. We hope that Measure CC passes because it will increase public access to shoreline, hillside and urban parks and trails; enhance public safety (police and public safety protection); and provide critical environmental maintenance. These endeavors will be funded through a parcel tax for Zone 1 of the EBRPD (western Alameda and western Contra Costa counties) based on occupancy for the next 15 years. In general, this works out to $1 per month ($12 per year) per single-family parcel, or 69 cents per month ($8.28 per year) per multi-family unit.

Congratulations to State Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, imcumbent, who was re-elected. Loni Hancock represents Contra Costa and Alameda Counties and has been a loyal supporter of open spaces.

RICHMOND - Election Results - City Council

There were five open seats for City Council in Richmond. Heres a quick rundown of who won: 1. incumbent Tom Butt, who has been referred to as ardent environmentalist, is a strong ally; 2. John Marquez, a former member of City Council, has voted for environmental issues in the past, but he has strong union support that may sway him to support a Pt. Molate casino proposal; 3. Gayle McLaughlin, a Green Party member who ran a grass roots campaign and refused to accept corporate funding, is a strong ally; 4. Mindell Penn, who is sympathetic to business interests, but also listens and might be for a park, was elected to a second term; and 5. Nat Bates, an old-time pro-business politician.

Discussion of numerous proposals for Pt. Molate were postponed until after the November election. The City of Richmond will meet tonight to discuss the site. As a brief reminder of where things stand: Upstream Investments has proposed a gigantic casino for the Point Molate. CESP opposes the sale to Upstream Investments. In August, Chevron, which has leased Point Molate from the City of Richmond, put forward a bid of $34 million for Point Molate. CESP believes that the Chevron bid is worthy of consideration, since Chevron intends to preserve the area as open space. Stay turned for details about meetings being held and decisions being made.

ALBANY - Election Results - Prop. 68 - Prop. 68, which would have permitted up to 3,000 slot machines to be placed near any existing racetracks, was defeated with 87.7% voting against. Magna promised to submit a new proposal for the Albany Waterfront before the end of the year. So, keep your ear to the ground.

ALBANY - Election Results - City Council

In Albany, the race for City Council pitted pro-waterfront environmentalists against pro-development candidates. There were six candidates for three open seats. The Sierra Club endorsed three candidates, two of them -- Robert Lieber and Farid Javandel -- won. Incumbent Jewel Okawachi, a moderate person who favors adding development to the waterfront, won the third seat.

BERKELEY - Election Results - City Council

In Berkeley, City Council seats were open in four districts. Heres the results: District 2, Darryl Moore; District 3, Max Anderson; District 5, Laurie Capitelli; and District 6, Betty Olds. Congratulations to Councilmember Betty Olds, who is also a CESP board member and was instrumental in lobbying for the Eastshore State Park.

OUTINGS AND EVENTS

Sun. 14. November - The Albany Shoreline: A Visual History 3:00-5:00 p.m. Opening Reception. Exhibit runs through February 14, 2005. Susan Moffat, curator, presents the history of the Albany Shoreline, through photos and maps. As the community debates the future of the waterfront, examine the visual record of past activities and past plans. Albany Community Center, 1247 Marin Ave (at Masonic). For more information, please contact Susan Moffat (Friends of Albany Beach) at 510-525-3125 or at susanmoffat@sprintmail.com Funding provided by the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program and the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.

Thank you for reading! This newsletter was brought to you by Citizens for the East Shore Parks (CESP), working to preserve open space for wildlife and recreational use along the eastern shore of the Bay through advocacy and education. You received this message because you are listed as a supporter of Citizens for East Shore Parks or because a friend from the list forwarded the message on to you. Please feel free to share this with others who also care about the Bay Area's parks and open spaces.

For more information about upcoming events and actions, or how to volunteer, please feel free to contact Tina Gerhardt at pjones@eastshorepark.org or at (510) 461- 4665.

CESP is a 501(c)3 that relies on contributions to carry out its work. Donations are tax deductible and gladly accepted. They can be made out to CESP and sent to us at: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite I, Berkeley CA 94702



Citizens for East Shore Parks - September 2004

In this edition
Message from the Editor - CESP WEB-SITE! WWW.EASTSHOREPARK.ORG
Updates
Richmond - Point Molate, Breuner Marsh
Albany - Golden Gate Fields and Prop. 68
Berkeley - Schoolhouse Creek, Shoreline Clean-up
Outings & Events

Message from the Editor

Dear Citizens for East Shore Parks,
Welcome to your monthly e-mail newsletter about events related to the

If this is your first newsletter, welcome! The information contained in your monthly e-newsletter, which announces actions alerts and upcoming events for the Eastshore State Park, as well as much much more, is also available at our new website: www.eastshorepark.org.

There have many developments related to the East Bay's shoreline in the past month, most of them involving proposals to build casinos. Read on for more information and how to get involved.

UPDATES

RICHMOND - Point Molate - Numerous casino project currently threaten the Richmond shoreline. Upstream Investments has proposed a gigantic casino for the Point Molate. CESP opposes the sale to Upstream Investments. The City of Richmond's city council will meet on Tuesday, 31. August to discuss Upstream Investments proposal. CESP opposes the sale to Upstream Investments.

On Friday, Aug. 13th, Chevron, which has leased Point Molate from the City of Richmond, put forward a bid of $34 million for Point Molate. CESP believes that the Chevron bid is worthy of consideration, since Chevron intends to preserve the area as open space.

RICHMOND - Breuner Marsh - CESP and the North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance will host a one day event focused on the Richmond Shoreline on Saturday, October 9th. Stay tuned for more information.

The North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance was formed to preserve open space along Richmond's shoreline. The coalition includes CESP and organizations such as League of Women Voters, Parchester Village Neighborhood Council, Richmond Greens, Save the Bay, Sierra Club, Urban Creeks Council. CESP views this as a natural extension of our work to preserve open space along the East Bay shoreline thus far and is actively involved in this process.

For more information about the North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance, contact Jonna Papaefthimiou (Sierra Club) at (510) 848-0800, ext. 312 or at jonna@sfbaysc.org.

ALBANY - Golden Gate Fields - On Sat, Aug 14th CESP and the Sierra Club hosted a community forum to discuss how Prop. 68, which will be on the November 2004 state ballot, will affect the Albany waterfront. Speakers will include California State Assemblymember Loni Hancock, as well Albany City Council candidates.

If passed, this initiative would permit up to 3,000 slot machines to be placed near any existing racetracks, with the option to add an additional 800 at a later date, REGARDLESS OF WHAT LOCAL LAWS HAVE BEEN PASSED REQUIRING LOCAL VOTER APPROVAL OF DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS.

CESP worked hard to pass Measure C, which protects Albany's waterfront from development and also requires any changes or new development plans to come before the Albany voters for approval. The Magna-sponsored Nov. 2004 ballot initiative seeks to supersede this local law.

CESP is urging California residents to vote "NO!" on this ballot initiative in the November 2004 election. Help spread the word about this important item that will be on the November ballot and that will radically affect our waterfront. There is no room in Albany for Las Vegas!

On Tuesday, 7. Sept, Prop. 68 will come before the Albany City Council and they will be asked to take a stance on it.

ALBANY - Restoration of Codornices Creek - Susan Schwartz (Friends of 5 Creeks) announced that after eight years of planning, the Albany City Council approved a contract last month for the first phase of restoration of lower Codornices Creek. Work may begin as early as next month. For more information, contact Susan Schwartz (Friends of 5 Creeks) at (510) 848 - 5398 or at f5creeks@aol.com

BERKELEY - Daylighting of Schoolhouse Creek - Rapid progress is being made in a study of the feasibility of daylighting the mouth of Schoolhouse Creek in the Eastshore State Park, a goal of the Eastshore State Park General Plan. Stay turned for further updates. This project is supported by CESP and it has been championed by Friends of Five Creeks and Save the Bay. They can be reached at f5creeks@aol.com or at (510) 848 -9358 (Susan Schwartz Friends of 5 Creeks); and at briggs@savesfbay.org or at (510) 452 - 9261 (Briggs Nisbet at Save the Bay).

BERKELEY - Restoration of Berkeley Meadow - If you bike or walk along the Bay Trail in Berkeley close to University Avenue, you may notice a mysterious, large and growing mound of soil. This is one of the first visible signs of restoration efforts that are taking place at the Berkeley Meadow. In the future, the Berkeley Meadow will include trails to permit passage through. They will be laid out, so as not to disturb area wildlife, such as the northern harrier. State Parks, in conjunction with the East Bay Regional Park District, has made the Meadow its first large project within the park. Stay tuned for more information about the restoration of this area.

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OUTINGS AND EVENTS

Sun. 12. Sept - Solano Stroll, Albany - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm - CESP will have a booth at the annual Solano Stroll. Stop by and visit us. Or help us distribute No on Prop. 68 literature. If you're interested in volunteering to staff the table for a couple of hours or in helping us distribute No on Prop. 68, simply hit reply to this e-mail or call Tina Gerhardt (CESP) (510) 461-4665.

Sat. 18. Sept - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Albany, Berkeley - Coastal Cleanup - Each year, the Bay Area participates in the international Coastal Clean-up. For Berkeley's clean-up, meet behind the Seabreeze Market at University Avenue and Frontage Road. For Albany's clean-up, meet at the end of Buchanan at the Albany Beach. Trash and recycling bags, pencils, tally cards and a map of the areas to be cleaned up will be provided. Almost all sites are within walking distance. Clean-up ends at 12:00 - It is vital that volunteers turn in their tally cards, so that materials found can be logged. There is an international database in which this information is compiled. For more information contact Patty Donald, Shoreline Nature Center, (510) 981 - 6721.

Saturday. 9. October - North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance - SAVE THE DATE - CESP, Save the Bay, the Sierra Club, other area environmental, and local Richmond organizations join forces to bring you a one day event -- including food, music -- dedicated to the Richmond Shoreline. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you for reading! This newsletter was brought to you by Citizens for the Eastshore State Park (CESP), working to preserve open space for wildlife and recreational use along the eastern shore of the Bay through advocacy and education. You received this message because you are listed as a supporter of Citizens for East Shore Parks or because a friend from the list forwarded the message on to you. Please feel free to share this with others who also care about the Bay Area's parks and open spaces.

For more information about upcoming events and actions, or how to volunteer, please feel free to contact Tina Gerhardt at pjones@eastshorepark.org or at (510) 461- 4665.

CESP is a 501(c)3 that relies on its members for support. Donations are tax deductible and gladly accepted. They can be made out to CESP and sent to us at: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite I, Berkeley CA 94702

Media and Communications Coordinator
Citizens for East Shore Parks
(510) 461 - 4665