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December 21, 2018

It is hard to miss the changes happening at Point Isabel. The East Bay Regional Park District  (EBRPD) is working on several projects.

Improving Water Access and the Shoreline

Construction on the west side of the park opposite Mudpuppy’s is scheduled to be completed December 31, 2018. It includes the following changes:

•   Upgrading the water access for non-motorized watersports, replacing the concrete steps with a ramp

•   Creating a new, concrete, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) path to the ramp, connected to the other paved paths

•   Reconfiguring boulders at the bottom of the existing dog ramp at the end of the Hoffman Channel to make getting out of the bay safer

•   Repairing erosion on the south side of Hoffman Channel

Strengthening the Hoffman Channel Bridge

This project involves reinforcing the pilings under the bridge to make it last longer and also make it strong enough to carry big vehicles, such as fire trucks, on the Bay Trail side of the bridge.

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December 20, 2018

About eight years ago, I was inching home to the East Bay in terrible traffic after visiting family in Laguna Beach for Thanksgiving. I finally pulled off somewhere between Bakersfield and Fresno to feed my whippet-pitbull mix.

It was pitch-dark and cold. As Zoë ate, I noticed movement nearby and thought it might be some wild animal. I rushed Zoë back into the truck, but when I turned around the creature was already devouring her food and water – and then I saw that they were puppies.

Yes, cute and adorable itty-bitty pupsters! One, much bigger than the others, turned out to be the mom. They were underweight, dehydrated, and appeared to have been dumped. I waited an hour for someone to claim them, and then I packed them in Zoe’s crate and got back on the road.

That was their lucky day. I found good homes for the others but kept tiny Shindu who, with his floppy, silky ears – and back problems – may be a Dachsund mix.

Every time I see Shin bound joyously around Point Isabel, greeting dog and...

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