Judge delivers another defeat for opponents of Alameda homeless senior facility

An Alameda County judge ruled last week against a compliant made by opponents of a wellness center for homeless seniors that Alameda officials failed to properly study the project’s impact on the environment.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled against the group calling itself the Friends of Crab Cove on Aug. 16. The lawsuit was filed by the group last December in response to the Alameda City Council approving zoning for the facility on McKay Avenue.

The property was last used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be converted into living units for homeless seniors, in addition, to a facility that offers help for other homeless individuals in Alameda.

“In the midst of a statewide housing and homelessness crisis, the Court’s decision affirms that the City of Alameda could and in fact did take reasonable and lawful steps toward addressing both concerns,” Alameda City Attorney Yibin Shen said. “We agree with the Court that the Council’s rezoning decision is both lawful and fully consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act.”

Running parallel to the lawsuit, Friends of Crab Cove successfully placed a ballot measure before voters that served as a referendum on the future of the project and the issue of growing homelessness in the city and Bay Area.

The special election held last April cost upwards of $500,000 to administer and served as a resounding defeat for the Friends of Crab Cove supporters. Measure B, which called for rescinding the council’s zoning of the McKay Avenue properties, lost 56-44 percent.

3 thoughts on “Judge delivers another defeat for opponents of Alameda homeless senior facility

  1. Anonymous,

    Enough of Alameda voted in April to make this binding.

    Homeless Shelters do not provide Wellness Services, just a shelter. This is for Homeless Seniors.

    If you are a homeless mentally ill senior in Alameda it includes you too.

    Not sure what your questions are, but there are people who can help you with valid answers.

    The Friends of Crab Cove do not have those answers, except for how to waste more than a half million dollars.


  2. How much of the Alameda population voted in April? Why not call this a homeless shelter? Are mentally ill part of the deal? Lotta questions not many valid answers!


  3. So far the Friends of Crab Cove have cost the City of Alameda more than half a million dollars, not including the legal fees and have nothing to offer the citizens. Those connected with the Friends should pack up and leave Alameda for those of us who care about Alamedans.


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