ALAMEDA -- The long-anticipated redevelopment of Alameda Point, the opening of Target as an anchor store at the new Alameda Landing shopping center, and the effort to create the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park were among the achievements that Mayor Marie Gilmore highlighted during her "state-of-the-city" speech on Tuesday.

"We have made tremendous progress, but it's been our collective achievements," Gilmore said. "After all, we are all neighbors, friends, family and we want what is best."

Saying residents can look forward to "a very, very bright future," Gilmore noted the recent renovations that have taken place at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex and how construction will begin on Grand Street this year to build an Emergency Operations Center, which the city's first responders can use to coordinate relief work in the event of a major disaster.

Gilmore also said the creation of a master plan and an environmental impact report has set the stage for the transformation of Alameda Point, or the former Alameda Naval Air Station, which closed in April 1997.

"We are now ready after 17 years to start attracting investment in Alameda Point," the mayor said during the address at City Hall. "We are so close to putting shovels in the ground."

The Target store opened in October at Alameda Landing, the mixed retail and residential development near College of Alameda in the city's West End, and Safeway, Michael's and In-N-Out Burger are expected to join the big box retailer this fall, Gilmore said.

Opening day sales at Alameda's Target surpassed those of the chain's combined Marin and San Francisco stores, which opened the same day, Gilmore said.

"Clearly, Alamedans were ready to embrace Target," she said.

The mayor noted that 300 people recently turned out to help clean graffiti and carry out other work at the 22 acres of former railroad property set to become the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, which is bordered by Constitution Way, Atlantic Avenue and Sherman Street.

A draft master plan for the park, which the Alameda Recreation and Park Department will manage, was created pro bono by Planning Board member Kristoffer Koster, an architect.

Other notable happenings, Gilmore said, was this month's launch of "Deanna Jo," the Alameda Fire Department boat, which can respond to emergencies at marinas and along the shoreline, plus it can help neighboring cities. The boat, which cost about $500,000, was acquired with the aid of a Federal Port Security Grant.

Gilmore also pointed out that Alameda police Chief Paul Rolleri now has officers walking beats in the Park Street and Webster Street business districts, plus he has beefed up traffic enforcement, making the city safer for drivers and cyclists.

The dedication of the police memorial outside the Alameda Police Department in June was another highlight of the past year, Gilmore said.

She urged people to visit it, "particularly at night, when it's lit. It's very, very beautiful."

While Gilmore highlighted some achievements of the past year, she also said more work needs to be done to offset rising pension and health care costs for city employees.

The mayor's speech came just days after an Alameda County Superior Court judge dismissed the wrongful termination lawsuit that former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant had filed against the city, ruling that the City Council acted within its authority when it opted not to renew her contract.

The ruling followed the city winning a judgement in October against former Alameda fire Chief Dave Kapler, who was ordered to reimburse the city the more than $260,000 it spent fighting his alleged wrongful termination.

Both rulings also followed a federal appeals court in September upholding a judgment in the city's favor in a lawsuit that was brought by investors who claimed the city had misrepresented the risks associated with bonds used to finance Alameda Municipal Power's former telecommunications system.

The three rulings underscore the determination by city officials to protect taxpayer's money, Gilmore said Tuesday.

"We will protect your money," she said. "We will not give it away. We will vigorously defend against frivolous lawsuits."

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