Archive for October, 2008

Alameda’s flip-flopper?

October 24, 2008

I received an election flyer from Doug deHaan touting the renovation of Alameda Theater as one of his accomplishments (in addition to the renovation of Park St and Webster St and the renovation of Towne Center)! But didn’t he run for Mayor in 2006 on a “slow growth” ticket? Looks like he was against redevelopment before he was for it.

On a related note, he has an ad in the Alameda Sun that has a partial list of supporters and lists a Gail deHaan as a supporter. Phew, glad we got that sorted out … 🙂


Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants

October 14, 2008

This isn’t directly related to Alameda (or maybe it is) … 🙂

As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years.

Another reason to vote for the Democrats!

NYT article

October 3, 2008

This is perhaps old news for us residents, but it was good to see Alameda get a prominent mention in the NYT article on the commercial real estate in the Bay Area.

At the north end of Alameda, an East Bay island city of 72,000, Catellus, a unit of ProLogis that specializes in mixed-use and retail development, is converting the Navy’s old 213-acre supply facility into a planned community. Roughly half the land has become Bayport, a neighborhood of 485 single-family homes, a new elementary school and an 11-acre park.

Catellus is set to start construction of Alameda Landing on the remaining 97 acres. This includes thousands of feet of shoreline where the company is planning to build a promenade and a 32,000-square-foot waterfront district with restaurants, entertainment and retail facilities. Other features include a 300,000-square-foot retail center, 400,000 square feet of offices and up to 300 residential units.

“We expect that Alameda Landing will sell as well as Bayport did,” said Aidan Barry, Catellus’s first vice president. “The location on the bay just can’t be beat.”