By Pam Stello, Alliance Point Molate Co-Chair
The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors (EBRPD) will discuss the land acquisition behind closed doors this Friday, July 9 at 3 p.m. We must remind them how essential it is for them to act NOW or Point Molate will be lost. Urge the Council to take all necessary steps to acquire Point Molate. There are some talking points below.
Public comments can be submitted in one of three ways:
- By email to Sabrina Pinell at [email protected] The email should contain in the subject line “Public comments – closed agenda item”. Written comments are best submitted by Thursday, July 8 at 3 p.m.
- By voice mail at (510) 544-2651. The caller should begin the message by saying “Public comments – closed agenda item” followed by your name and place of residence, followed by your comments. It is preferable that voicemail comments be submitted by Thursday, July 8 at 3 p.m.
- Live via Zoom. If you would like to make a live public comment during the meeting, this option is available through the virtual meeting platform: https://zoom.us/j/93443814875. It is best if those requesting to speak during the meeting contact Sabrina Pinell by email or voicemail at [email protected] or (510) 544-2651 by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, to provide your name and the subject of the public comment or item to be processed.
Meeting agenda: https://www.ebparks.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=34406
Some talking points:
- Land of Ohlone – This is the land of Ohlone with many sacred sites that must be protected and are threatened by the proposed development plan.
- Environmental Justice – This is public land that is taken from the public of Richmond, a community that is 80% non-white, underserved and underserved and deserves to have a large regional park.
- Environmentally unique – Point Molate is the last undeveloped headland along the entire East Bay. It is home to over 95% destroyed native plant communities / habitats on the California coast and some not found elsewhere in the East Bay, and is home to over 120 acres off the best and most Eelgrass prairie. productive area of SF Bay and possibly the State of California. . Eelgrass is a key species, critical habitat for many species of invertebrates and fish, including Taylor’s sea hare, Pacific herring, juvenile Dungeness crabs, bat rays and leopard sharks , an important food source for shorebirds and migratory birds and the nursery for the SF Bay Commercial Fisheries. Grasslands help prevent erosion and fight climate change. Point Molate eelgrass is genetically distinct, highly adaptable for restoration, and has been included in several long-term scientific studies. The meadows are threatened by the proposed management plan.
- Point Molate is at risk of being lost forever – It is slated for a sprawling development for a wealthy housing enclave and will be lost as a regional public park and local public space if we do not act now.
- Point Molate can be part of the solution to the climate crisis, or it can become part of the problem. It offers the possibility of permanently protecting rare and unique habitats and the eelgrass from migrating to the highlands with the rising waters.
- Richmond is underserved and underserved and needs Point Molate Regional Park as a refuge and home for much-needed sports fields and outdoor recreation and education opportunities for our youth and families.
Ask the Council to please give Point Molate the highest priority for the EBRPD Acquisition List in order to save this beautiful place.
If enough of us are writing, it can make all the difference!
By Pam Stello with Courtney Cummings, Andres Soto and David Helvarg for Point Molate Alliance.