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Mar 22 2012

Action Needed for Albany Beach, Redwood and more

Published by under Albany Beach,off leash


Please Comment on Proposed New Leash Policy:

East Bay Regional Park District staff has proposed that dogs should be on-leash for the first 200 feet of trails throughout the park district (with the exception of Point Isabel). The intent is to improve poop pick-up and dog behavior. The park district Board of Directors may rule on this as early as April 17.

This broad policy change SHOULD BE PILOTED FIRST at two or three high-traffic trails before being rolled out throughout the park district. We don’t know yet how well it will work or if it will create new issues (such as problems for people with mobility challenges).

If you agree, please email your comments ASAP to the following:,,,,,,,,,,,

CHANGES COMING AT ALBANY BEACH: The park district has applied for an Environmental Protection Agency grant of up to a million dollars to be used at Albany Beach. Presumably this dovetails with existing EBRPD plans to expand the dunes, improve public access, add restrooms, etc. EBRPD staff have not proposed any accommodations yet for an official off-leash policy on the beach, despite a 10,000-signature petition submitted in December 2011.

Please let the park district know how important Albany Beach is to you. EBRPD has 11 freshwater swim areas plus 2.5-mile Crown Beach — none of which allow dogs. Albany Beach is NOT a designated swimming beach and is an important recreational option for East Bay taxpayers. Please email your comments to:,,,,,,,,,,

REDWOOD REGIONAL PARK AREAS MAY LOSE OFF-LEASH: The park district wants dogs on-leash in the Serpentine Prairie and on Dunn Trail to minimize conflicts with equestrians from the nearby private stables.
The Board may rule on this on April 17. To get involved in working on other solutions, please contact Jen Bloom at ASAP. You can sign the online petition at

Posted with permission from  Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group


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Mar 21 2011

Save Off-leash Dog Walking – Call Today

Published by under Dogs,off leash

If you haven’t been following the argument about restricting dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, here’s why it’s important for us in the East Bay:

* If the anti-dog forces win the GGNRA battle, people who want to restrict dogs in the East Bay will become more aggressive

* The GGNRA is a national park. It belongs to all of us.
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Feb 01 2011

Off Leash Privileges at the Bulb

Posted at Albany Bulb

It is important that we have a show of support at this meeting. Please come and demonstrate our commitment to the cause of maintaining the BULB as it is. Be prepared to be frustrated and committed to staying calm, respectful and working productively within the framework of the meeting.

In preparation for the meeting please take time to develp a brief, consice statement describing the BULB’S place in your life. Include: how often you visit the BULB and why other options are not comparable. Please be organized so that more people will have an opportunity to express themselves at the meeting. Please remember, this wil lbe a long process and we cannot give the powers-that-be reason to exclude us. Come and demonstrate the esprit du corp that makes the BULB the place we all love!

Please use the time leading up to the meeting to contact by phone, and in writing members of the Albany Waterfront Commission, The Albany Parks & Recreation Committee, citizens of the City of Albany, members of the press and your state representatives.

Your participation is vital to our success in our endeavor to preserve our privileges!

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Nov 01 2008

Whitney Dotson – Good for Dogs

Published by under East Bay Parks,off leash

Photo by Jill Posener –

Update: I sent an email to Whitney Dotson asking him his position on off-leash areas.

The response from Robin Freeman, Whitney Dotson Campaign Committee:

I asked Whitney Dotson for his response to your question.  Here is what he said:
“When it is appropriate for the habitat, the Park District should develop more controlled facilities for off leash dogs.  Dogs need space to exercise, even if sometimes in relatively small areas.  There is a large amount of space within the parks lands.”

Whitney Dotson is Good for Dogs! Norman La Force is Bad for Dogs.

On the November ballot, residents of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, Richmond, San Pablo, parts of Oakland and a small part of Pinole will be asked to choose between Whitney Dotson and Norman La Force to serve on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Park Districk (EBRPD, Ward 1)

Dotson is well-qualified, and is receptive of off-leash recreation in the EBRPD.

La Force has a very well-established and readily verifiable track record in RABID OPPOSITON to off-leash recreation in the East Bay and elsewhere.

East Bay Regional Parks District Board Race- Reader Commentary, Berkeley Daily Planet

If LaForce is elected, he will threaten the park access of every person who walks a dog, rides a horse, seeks accessible trails, and bikes on the lands of the East Bay Regional Parks. His scientific background is nothing, as he has demonstrated in public hearings many times. He has worked harder to keep humans out of parks than any other “park proponent” I know. He definitely will try to crush any “opponent,” including the disabled, the young and the elderly. Not because they are right or wrong, but because they oppose him. I urge everyone to watch their back if he’s elected.

He has already hounded the park users group off the Albany Landfill, gleefully destroying one of very few accessible areas for dog walkers with limited mobility in the entire East Bay. He forced creating a breeding burrowing owl habitat on the landfill, at cost of tens of thousands of dollars per year, even though scientific literature quickly reveals likely failure. An hour’s research in the UC Berkeley scientific journal collection showed immediate evidence of the scientific fallacy of this proposal—but he still forced it down everyone’s throat through his usual bullying and threats. When I did research, I found that California Fish & Game had actually recommended a “watch and see” mitigation with no winter time construction for the wintering middle-aged burrowing owl (non-breeding) that might be displaced by building the Gilman Fields, so this entire action was provoked by LaForce, who saw an opportunity to further crush the community of users at the Albany Landfill. Think: just a portion of that money invested in expanding two or three breeding burrowing owl habitats in the Central Valley, their chief breeding ground, would have actually produced young owls. And still have left money in the Gilman Fields JPA’s pocket for our young sports players. The Albany Landfill park users could have continued to clean up the park, remove the star thistle, build art, and start plans for a supportive insectary environment to protect pollinators in our changing climate.- Read More Marilyn Saarni was co-founder of Albany Let It Be; former president and editor of the Regional Parks Foundation


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