Alameda Point

The only faith organization on the former Naval base, Community Bible Church occupies a spacious building on West Trident Avenue. Part of the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination, it has had a home at Alameda Point since 2001.

Pastor Steve Kirwin is a married father of four who grew up in San Francisco and attended Balboa High School. In his late twenties, while working as a jeweler, he first heard the calling to become a minister. He took a mail correspondence course through the church and eventually took the helm of his own congregation.

The only faith organization on the former Naval base, Community Bible Church occupies a spacious building on West Trident Avenue. Part of the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination, it has had a home at Alameda Point since 2001.

Pastor Steve Kirwin is a married father of four who grew up in San Francisco and attended Balboa High School. In his late twenties, while working as a jeweler, he first heard the calling to become a minister. He took a mail correspondence course through the church and eventually took the helm of his own congregation.

Housing advocates say they’d like the city to consider allowing the construction of more housing than what’s now on tap for Alameda Point, while members of a group that oversees the environmental cleanup there said they want the potential impacts of contaminants there to be explored.

Housing advocates say they’d like the city to consider allowing the construction of more housing than what’s now on tap for Alameda Point, while members of a group that oversees the environmental cleanup there said they want the potential impacts of contaminants there to be explored.

City staffers are charting an ambitious course toward developing Alameda Point, kicking off a series of planning efforts Monday that they hope will prepare the Point for development as soon as 2014.

“We’ve got a big year planned,” Alameda Point Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ott said.

City staffers are charting an ambitious course toward developing Alameda Point, kicking off a series of planning efforts Monday that they hope will prepare the Point for development as soon as 2014.

“We’ve got a big year planned,” Alameda Point Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ott said.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, December 20

The city has agreed to pay former Alameda Point developer SunCal $4.25 million to settle the developer's claims the city and its former manager failed to negotiate in good faith toward a development deal, a move that ends the developer's quest for damages and another chance to develop the Point.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, December 20

The city has agreed to pay former Alameda Point developer SunCal $4.25 million to settle the developer's claims the city and its former manager failed to negotiate in good faith toward a development deal, a move that ends the developer's quest for damages and another chance to develop the Point.

From the outside, 2301 Monarch looks like yet another drafty government building on Alameda's former Naval Air Station. Inside, however, is a different story – or stories, if you stay long enough to hear John Walker tell them.

Area 51, the Alameda Point event center now operated by Walker and Nancy Marzouk, is just the most recent adventure in Walker's 40-year career in the Bay Area entertainment industry. In an office bedecked with Summer of Love posters and other concert memorabilia, the former Marine colonel hosts actors, caterers, race car drivers and maintenance crews. He is gregarious but slightly reclusive, proud but unassuming, all at once.

From the outside, 2301 Monarch looks like yet another drafty government building on Alameda's former Naval Air Station. Inside, however, is a different story – or stories, if you stay long enough to hear John Walker tell them.

Area 51, the Alameda Point event center now operated by Walker and Nancy Marzouk, is just the most recent adventure in Walker's 40-year career in the Bay Area entertainment industry. In an office bedecked with Summer of Love posters and other concert memorabilia, the former Marine colonel hosts actors, caterers, race car drivers and maintenance crews. He is gregarious but slightly reclusive, proud but unassuming, all at once.

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