One of the two newly proposed sites for a dog park at Lake Merritt in Oakland isn't being embraced by bird watchers or the nearest neighbor, Children's Fairyland.
The storybook theme park hasn't come out against a proposal to put a dog park across the street at Grand and Bellevue avenues, but it had a very different vision for the intersection.
Fairyland and the city had cobbled together money from two voter-approved initiatives to transform the intersection into a grand entryway to both the theme park and Lakeside Park.
The project, slated to begin next year, included infrastructure improvements, signage for Fairyland and a new walkway from Grand Avenue to the theme park.
"The bottom line is this is going to be a big entryway, and the question is whether a dog park right there is an appropriate entryway feature," Fairyland Executive Director C.J. Hirschfield said.
The city has scheduled a meeting Friday to discuss dog park options with various stakeholders including Fairyland and birding groups.
Earlier this month, Mayor Jean Quan refused to cast a tiebreaking vote over building a dog park on the southeastern edge of Lake Merritt, at the corner of Lakeshore Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Citing intense neighborhood opposition to that site, she sought more time to come up with an alternative location.
Complicating the matter is that Lake Merritt is a designated bird sanctuary, which could restrict potential dog park sites. Birding groups weren't opposed to the original location, which is closer to Interstate 580 than the lake.
The second alternative site is a wooded area closer to Perkins Street. That location also is closer to the lake, but Mike Lynes, executive director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, said his members were more concerned about a dog park at Bellevue and Grand.
"Bird watchers often see gulls, including uncommon species, congregating near the Fairyland site," he wrote. "We're concerned about where these birds may go if they are displaced."
Ten applicants vying to be appointed to the Fremont City Council
The city of Fremont has received 10 applications from residents seeking to be appointed to the City Council seat that Bill Harrison vacated Dec. 4, when he was sworn in as mayor.
The council is expected to appoint its fifth member after holding special meetings Jan. 9 and 14. According to state law, the council has until Feb. 2 to fill the vacancy.
The 10 applicants are: Tariq Ali, David Bonaccorsi, Christina Broadwin, Robert Brunton, Robert Chavez, Yogi Chugh, John J. Dutra, Rick Jones, Raj Salwan and Rakesh Sharma.
Newark seeking to fill Planning Commission vacancies
The city of Newark is accepting applications to fill two open seats on the Planning Commission. When city offices reopen Wednesday, applications will be available during business hours on the 5th floor of City Hall, 37101 Newark Blvd. Forms also can be downloaded from the city website, www.newark.org/departments/commissions.
Applications must be received in the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Jan. 14.
Mayor Al Nagy will appoint the new commissioners from the slate of applicants.
The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday evening of each month.
For more information, call City Clerk Sheila Harrington at 510-578-4266.