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  • Fernside Boulevard Alameda, CA - Alameda

    From: Monica Burneikis [mailto:monica@meisel-law.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:41 AM
    To: City Manager ; PW Mailbox
    Subject: Fernside Speedway

    Dear City Manager and the Public Works Department for the City of Alameda:

    I am writing to express my concern regarding the excessive speed I have observed drivers using on Fernside Boulevard. I have lived on Fernside Boulevard near Thompson Street for 2.5 years. During that time, I have witnessed drivers on a daily basis driving at speeds well in excess of the 25 mile per hour speed limit. I also regularly (i.e., at least once per week) see drivers, frustrated with the car in front of them obeying the speed limit, swerve into the bike lane or cross over the double yellow median line in order to pass the vehicle ahead. Most concerning about this behavior is that I observe it most often during the morning commute, when numerous children are heading to school, walking across Fernside, or using the bike lanes.

    While I do not know this, I hope that the drivers I have seen participating in the above actions do not live in Alameda, but rather, are using Fernside to get to the Harbor Bay Business Park, the Oakland Airport or the San Francisco Bay Ferry. Such would also help explain the reason for such haste in driving.

    I would like the City to consider taking action to address this problem, and thereby reduce the risk of injury to the public and our children caused by the dangerous speeds and poor driving habits used by drivers on Fernside. Perhaps the installation of additional stop signs would be beneficial. Such is a low cost and relatively simple way to address the issue. There are currently no stop signs between High Street and East Side/Garfield Drive, which allows drivers to reach high rates of speed on this stretch of road. Another option would be to install speed humps all along the street. Finally, perhaps some sort of curb separating the bike lane from the roadway, or a center/median island (similar to the islands on Thompson Street) would be effective. I have personally spoken with non-Alamedians who have said that the large width of Fernside gives drivers the impression that the speed limit is higher than 25. Making the roadway narrower, either by installing a curb along the bike lane or a center median, may encourage drivers to slow down.

    Another benefit of installing some sort of speed reducing system is that such may deter drivers from outside of Alameda from using Fernside as a thoroughfare to the business park, airport or ferry, and encourage those drivers to use DooLittle or Ron Cowan Parkway, both of which have higher speed limits and less pedestrian traffic.

    Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Best regards,

    Monica Burneikis | Partner
    Meisel, Krentsa & Burneikis
    350 Sansome Street, Suite 600
    San Francisco, California 94104
    Direct Dial 415.288.4032
    www.mkinjurylaw.com

  • 1900-2198 Sherman St Alameda, CA 94501, USA - Alameda
    Homeless encampments growing by Windriver Parking lot bushes. Trash pile growing.
  • 1501 Webster Street Alameda, California - Alameda

    There is ground in grease in numerous locations on the west side of Webster Street between Santa Clara Avenue and Haight Avenue. It is very dirty. Similar conditions exist along other stretches of Webster. How often is the street power washed or otherwise deep cleaned? It really needs a good scrubbing.

    Not sure which category this should have been filed under, so I used this one. There used to be a category of PW-Other, but that has been removed.

  • 800 Taylor Ave Alameda, California - Alameda

    Thu, 11/9/17
    7:45 am

    Crossing guard at crosswalk at Taylor/Eighth entered the walk with sign raised and stopped traffic to allow a mounted cyclist traveling west on Taylor, on the roadway, to cross Eighth, and proceed on Taylor.

    A mounted cyclist is not a pedestrian.
    A mounted cyclist on the roadway is a 'vehicle' under California Vehicle Code.
    It seems some remedial training for crossing guards is in order.

  • Sherman Street At Wind River Del Monte Building Alameda, California - Alameda
    There were a number of homeless encampments growing at the rear of the Wind River parking lot and inside the fenced off open field area between Wind River and Del Monte building. Police worked with these folks and eventually had them leave this week and cleaned up all garbage left. Some have returned but now have cut a large hole in the fence and are camping inside the fenced area. They also cut the gate lock to the fenced area.
  • 1107 Broadway Alameda, California - Alameda
    This property is a total disaster. People drive up in their cars and dump stuff on the property, which owner collects, then holds garage sales, fixes cars and dumps the oil in the drain. How much longer is the city allowing this to happen to this property? If a car is parked more than 72 hrs they get a ticket however, this property collects JUNK, FIXES CARS, TAKE A WALK BY THE PROPERTY. Maybe the property owner is friends with someone in the city and therefore he does not get fined. I have called code enforcement and the police and nothing happens. Why is person not fined or summons? I thought if you do business in your home and in city of Alameda you needed a license or a permit which he does not have. What is the next step?
  • 803-815 Marina Village Pkwy Alameda, CA 94501, USA - Alameda
    Homeless Encampment Growing Needs to be addressed
  • 1523 Clement Ave Alameda, CA, 94501, USA - Alameda
    The holes in the fence at Encinal Terminal still have not been repaired. There is an increased amount of graffiti on the abandoned buildings as well as broken windows. There are teenagers and young adults (both male and female) who trespass on the property daily. They walk through one of the many holes in the fence. There is definitely something happening in those abandoned buildings. Alameda police have been made aware of this constant issue. However, there still seems to be no resolve with either repairing the holes, or boarding/ locking up the buildings. Even when the police show up and confront the trespassers, they just let them go. No wonder why the trespassers keep coming back even though there are multiple signs on the fence that state “No trespassing, violators will be prosecuted”
  • 1809-1812 Balsa St Alameda, CA 94501, USA - Alameda
    Homeless encampment inside the Del Monte building loading dock area. There is a large unleashed pit bull living there too!
  • 1526 Webster Street Alameda, California - Alameda
    Someone put graffiti over the sidewalks signs along Webster Street that read, "No bike or skates." The sign are almost universally ignored and there is little to no enforcement, but the vandalism sends the wrong message.
  • 1301 3rd St Alameda, CA 94501, USA - Alameda
    Disability Commisissioner Hall has been trying to get abandoned bike removed from sidewalk in front of Encinal Swim Center since June. No help from swim center or police. It is bolted to hcp sign post. please remove.
  • 7-Eleven 2301 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA, 94501, USA - Alameda
    There needs to be MORE police patrol in or around the 7-Eleven store on Lincoln and Oak, particularly late night. Homeless people come and steal things and the employee allows it. It's not fair that other people pay for their items and some are allowed to steal. No excuse for no police patrol - the APD is RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET.