Weekly Roundup October 18, 2013

Check out this week’s roundup for breaking news affecting San Francisco Bay

Bay Nature 10/15/13
Keeping Cigarette Butt Litter out of the Bay
Save the Bay estimates that each year, over three billion cigarette butts are littered in the Bay Area. Tossed onto the road or flicked onto the sidewalk, they will eventually make their way into our creeks and waterways, ending their journey in the Bay.  While cities and counties have begun tackling the problem of single-use plastic bags, cigarette butt litter remains a pervasive problem.
“Three billion is really a staggering number of cigarette butts that are littered every year,” said Allison Chan who manages Save The Bay’s pollution prevention program. “And they’re not just your average litter—they’re toxic, plastic litter.”
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Contra Costa Times 10/14/13
Richmond reopens Point Molate Beach for first time in more than a decade
Tarnel Abbott sat on a hunk of knotty driftwood Monday morning and listened to the water gently lap at the shore.
It was the first time in more than a decade the Richmond resident could enjoy the sights and sounds of Point Molate Beach Park.
“Being here takes me back to when I was a kid and we’d have picnics here,” Abbott said, her dog pawing at the wet sand near her feet. “To reopen the beach today, after all the city went through…I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.”
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San Francisco Chronicle 10/14/13
Who Knew? S.F. arena will be a wonder
I had serious reservations about the Warriors’ plan for a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront.
Mayor Ed Lee made me see the light. Or the torch.
Lee, trying to help small-minded people like me expand our vision, recently said, “New York has the Statue of Liberty, now we’re going to have our arena. It’s going to have the same kind of impact, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people to appreciate the waterfront.”
About time! Right now the only stuff the San Francisco waterfront has for visual impact is a red bridge, a gray bridge, a fixer-upper prison and the ho-hum backdrop of the city’s 49 square miles of hills, with Victorian mansions and a pyramid.
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Bay Trail-blazin’

By Amy Ricard, Communications and Policy Associate

Good news for Bay Trail users in Richmond! Chevron has agreed to donate 1.5 miles of Bay Trail easements on the western side of the Point San Pablo Peninsula to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). And last week, the EBRPD Board of Directors voted to accept Chevron’s generous donation and appropriated $100,000 for trail alignment engineering, surveying and title costs.

More public access and trail expansion in this area is a welcome addition. With 32 miles of shoreline and 26 miles of Bay Trail now in place, Richmond has more shoreline and more Bay Trail built than any other Bay city – some of it quite stunning and much of it unexplored.

Save The Bay was founded in part to increase public access to the Bay shoreline and nearly 50 years later, we enjoy watching the vision of our founders come to fruition. When complete, the Bay Trail will be a continuous 400-mile recreational corridor that will encircle the entire Bay Area, linking together a necklace of shoreline parks. To date, 240 miles of the Bay Trail, or more than half its ultimate length, have been developed.

Two former Save The Bay board members – Bruce Beyaert and Nancy Strauch – are on the Trails for Richmond Action Committee and have worked tirelessly to advance Bay Trail projects in Richmond and around the Bay. This committee, in addition to Chevron and EBRPD, deserves great kudos for this major step toward completing the San Francisco Bay Trail on the Point San Pablo Peninsula.