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Why Is Part of Alameda Island in San Francisco?
We start today's episode on a beautiful clear and sunny day. Could you tell us where where have we brought you today yet where on the western side of Alameda island, and we're very close to the I see the port of Oakland where in hangar one vodka area. I think it's called spirits eilly. Now, I'm standing in front of a giant sign that says warning restricted area authorized personnel only with this week's question asker. My name is Laurie Bodenheimer. I've lived in San Francisco for about twenty years, we've come to Alameda to check out a peculiar piece of land that Lori noticed my little shortcut to get to Google maps. I just type in SF map, and then Google pops up, and it outlines San Francisco in red and notice there are some bits of red in Alameda, the border of San Francisco should be simple. You've got water on three sides and a straight line across the southern edge. But not so I wondered why. Why there is a little slimmer of San Francisco on the western edge of Alameda. This is a curious the show where we answer your questions about the bay area. I'm me Allen price. Today. We traveled from nineteenth century Spanish, California to a World War Two era navy station in Alameda, all to figure out why the heck San Francisco has jumped the bay. Make is brought to you by the institute on aging providing care managers to develop an implement action oriented, individualized care plans. Learn more at I o aging dot org. We asked bay curious reporter Ryan Levy to tackle this one. It looks like a little right triangle, just a thirty some acres sliver at the very western tip of Alameda island. It's all the way across the bay from San Francisco, but somehow it still a part of S F. And honestly, I thought figuring out how that was possible would be pretty easy. You know, just call someone up at the city and get the answer. So I start calling people. I try the city administrator's office. Thank you for calling the city administrator's office. They don't know and say Email the department of real estate they've also got nothing. So I reach out to the parliament of public works. Where finally we have a breakthrough? I get a tip about a court case from nineteen sixty four. That's somehow connected to our sliver but records from that far back aren't going to be digitized. So my only option is to go. Find them for myself while you were a check in. Yes. Okay. Hi, I'm Ryan leave the national archives building in San Bruno is kind of hidden away behind the tan friend mall and a housing development. I expected it to be kind of Dungeni, but it's got lots of windows and natural light and wooden table set up for researchers feels like a library. Is this case three five two seven six. They sent me up at one of the tables with this grey file box filled with three folders, bursting. With documents was like, it's like, oversized mats and stuff and what I started going through them. All I realized that this case goes back a lot further than I thought all the way back to win California was part of Spain. It starts in eighteen twenty with a guy named Luis Maria Peralta, he served as a soldier for the Spanish government's Dennis of Annecy is the publisher of the Alameda sun newspaper, and until recently, he was the president of the Alameda museum. He says Peralta caught the attention of the Spanish government what he secured the release of a group of priests who had been kidnapped for mission, San Jose and take into the central valley. As a thank you gift. He got a land grant that stretched all the way from El cerrito down to San Leandro, basically, they gave him the entire East Bay, even though native Americans like the Aloni and bay me walk had already been living there for centuries but Spain gives parole to the land, which he then splits among his sons. Fast forward. Thirty one years California is now part of the United States and one of proto sons Antonio is looking to unload some of his land. Antonio was delighted to find out that there were actually Americans were willing to pay him. This was because squatting was a big problem in the states early days. So Peralta was thrilled. When two men William or the shipment and getting on ball made an offer on one hundred sixty acres approach does the land where they would establish the town of Alameda, but Peralta had a problem. His land was in the US now, and we'll take the government more than twenty years to recognize his claim with a patent unfortunately by then yes, the land would have belonged to him had. He not sold a lot. And also by ban on Baljit men. We're both gone. So Peralta, Chipman and Ombu had all left Alameda by the time. The government finally got around to affirming protas claim in eighteen seventy four and issuing him that patent for the land. No, no Ye that the United States of America in consideration of the premises and the language in that patent. It's really important for our purposes. And here's the part you have to remember. The patent includes the peace Peralta sold to on NBA and Chipman, and it says that its western border is along the bay of San Francisco at the line of ordinary high tide. On december. Seventh nineteen forty one Japan. Like, it's infamous access partners. Scott, I then declared war afterward World War. Two comes to Alameda within months of Japan, attacking Pearl Harbor the brand new Alameda. Naval air station becomes the launching site of the first major bombing raid on Japan, United States aircraft carrier hornet part of a task force steaming into Japanese waters is now revealed the secret base from which American planes. I bombed Tokyo after the war the station continues to grow by filling in San Francisco Bay with new land. So it was totally normal. When the navy claimed about fifty acres of the bay in nineteen fifty-six to expand the base. But what happens next is not normal. When the navy ads this landfill on it crosses over the invisible line underneath the bay that marks the border between San Francisco and Alameda, once it's filled in this tiny sliver of Alameda island is now technically in San Francisco, but no one really cares that this underwater border has been breached what people do care about is who gets paid for this land, the navy's taking and that's when two new players enter the arena Eleanor Peterson and Carol hash. Mrs Heche, she was a leading member of the museum when it was founded George gun is the curator of the Alameda museum. Everybody knew that she was the granddaughter of Chipman that's William Chipman, one of the men who bought the land from Antonio Peralta to establish Alameda back in the eighteen fifties. Now was there one claim frame? It was also how Heche and Peterson claimed ownership and demanded payment from the US government for the part of the bay taken by the navy to expand the air station. She was very proud of their heritage and Cheever's the historian of the family she claimed that their property extended out into the bay she made this claim based on the original Peralta land grant, the one given by Spain in eighteen twenty which she and Peterson said extended into the quote, deep waters of San Francisco Bay. But here's the rub that original Spanish land. Grant may have. Talked about deep waters, but remember that eighteen seventy four patent it set the borders along the bay of San Francisco at the line of ordinary high tide. High tide is not the same as deep waters, and when the women took their case to court transcript show, the judge was only interested in the patent the US definition of the borders. Here's one exchange between the judge and Peterson who represented the women in court. The only question involved is whether or not your land comes within this patent. It does if it does you are entitled to judgment in favour. Absolutely it dead. If it does not you are not it. Absolutely. Does. I think it is as simple as that does. Absolutely. Every bit of it what the judge disagrees and rules against Heche and Peterson they appeal the case, but to no avail. In the end, the feds do end up paying for the land just shy of fourteen thousand dollars to California and the women they get nothing. So peaceful here and what a perfect day. We're back on present day Alameda island with our question. Asker Laurie looking across the bay at the San Francisco skyline and yet so you're in San Francisco now, that's Larry Jane's. He's with the department of veterans affairs, which now owns the sliver, and he's taken us on a tour of this restricted area. This little pond that we're looking at here in the summertime, you'll have several hundred Caspian turns that that come here after the navy closed the air station in the late nineties, it gave more than six hundred acres of it to the VA to build a new hospital and national cemetery from the VA's perspective. It really doesn't matter if it's Alameda or San Francisco county it's federal property now. What logistics does that mean like, for example, if a crime was committed, where's the jurisdiction we actually have a contract with East Bay regional park district police, and we have our own VA police as well. And we work with the Alameda. Police we need it back up from Alameda. We. We could go to them as well. But San Francisco's out of the picture. Well, I can come over if they want, but it's a little a little bit of a distance for them. Right. Neither Alameda nor San Francisco zone. The sliver and the VA has promised not to develop it because it's home to an endangered bird species called the California least Tern in order to ensure their well-being. We had to lead them a buffer zone. The VA is talking to the city of Alameda about putting in a recreational trail that would hug the coastline around the sliver. So maybe one day soon you too can walk from Alameda right into San Francisco and stand on land that was disputed all the way back to the king of Spain. That was curious reporter Ryan Levy, thanks Lori Boden. Hammer for asking this week's question. Election day is a few days away. And if you haven't filled out your ballot, you should check out bake curious property, we did five episodes that dig into those eleven California propositions on the ballot. You can find all of them at bay curious dot org or a few episodes back in your podcast feed since running those propaganda. We've received a lot of questions about San Francisco proposition seat, the podcast queued up. We'll take a close look at that one. Plus a few others that episode dropped Sunday November fourth I'm a Lydia Allen price bay curious is made in San Francisco at K Q leading. And we are actually in San Francisco as we are making it today, but we're on Alameda island. Swear, I'm thinking over weird. The bay is a podcast for everyone who wants more from local news, go behind the headlines to get a more personal understanding not only of how the news is made. But how it's being felt find the bay wherever you get your podcasts.
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Who Invented the Martini? A Bay Area Story, With a Twist
If you've ever had your parents over to your place for the holidays, you know, it can be a bit stressful change the sheets cleaned the floors stock. The fridge cram all that clutter into the one closet. You hope they won't open. But when my dad comes to town, there's one detail that cannot be forgotten. I put a MARTINI glass in the freezer. How much do you love Martini's, which he say? Two teenage. Let's see I God been you in Zach my brother can then MARTINI his dog. She's named MARTINI. Joel his boyfriends some six or seven. That's pretty high. Martinez are an everyday drink in my dad's house. So I was especially excited to tell him his favorite drink with concocted in California right here in the bay area. Alan price. This is big today on the podcast, the origins of the MARTINI. There's no denying the MARTINI is icon. Ick. Do something for you, Mr. bond just drink about teeny shaken not stirred, of course, there's JAMES BOND, and it even has its own emoji. But just exactly where the cocktail was invented. How it got its name? Even what it's made of. That's where things get muddled here with our next installment of the Golden State plate series is Bianca Taylor. All right. I'm gonna make a MARTINI. Cocktail the way we do here at bull valley road house. And it's two parts of this old Tom gin, which is sweeter chin. The two inches of this in in the year. I'm with bar manager to near ben-shalom at the bowl valley road house in this tiny East Bay town of port Kosta, exactly half of that one of our Torino vermouth bland, what's the perspective? You've how to me? It was the MARTINI. Martini to me or makes a mean drink. But when I start asking him more and more questions about where the MARTINI comes from. He tells me I really just need to get in my car and drive twenty minutes down to Martinez. I'm standing on the corner of may sonic, and I'll hamburger streets, and there's a lot on a giant boulder in a parking lot, basically. And it says birthplace of the MARTINI. So not only does Martinez lay claim to the drink with a plaque. It throws an annual MARTINI festival, and the drinks origin story is all over the city is official website. But Gabriel close a San Francisco bartend. Nder who collects and studies old cocktail recipes? He says there's actually a lot of controversy about where and who invented the MARTINI is origins are. So murky a drink. It's not like entered into the public record. According to the plaque. The Martinez story goes like this. On this site in eighteen seventy four a bartender served up the first MARTINI when a minor came into his saloon with a fistful enoug-. It's and ask for something special. He was served a Martinez special after three or four drinks. However, the Z would get very much in the way the drink consisted of two-thirds gin one third vermouth a dash of orange bidders poured over crushed ice and served with an olive. But Gabriel tells me a really similar story. It also takes place in the eighteen seventies. But this time it happens in San Francisco. It starts with a minor who comes into a bar Oxydental hotel with a sack of gold, and he wants to trade it in for a bottle of whisky, so bartender. Jerry Thomas gives them the whiskey and to special drink that he just made up off the cuff to call it. The Martinez and eighteen eighty seven the recipe for the Martinez was documented for the very first time in. Jerry, Thomas's bartenders got it on his recipe. Looks a lot like the classic MARTINI. And here we've got the old Tom gin and vermouth. This is one part old Tom two parts. Vermouth? Jennifer Kallio is an award winning bartender and a self-proclaimed cocktail nerd, I like the MARTINI because I love I love all the stories. And I love that. There's this Eric mystery to it h l Mencken called the MARTINI. The only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. She loves martinis so much. She's made a spreadsheet the documents all of them are teenage variations that she's found over the years. It's like four hundred sixty nine entries. Some of the drinks are made with the exact same recipe. But they have different names. We've got the Chris racquet club, the Dewey, the dry MARTINI, the Marguerite, and the Nutting all those are made with the same ingredients one to one gin and driver move with orange bidders. So which one is the right one. There is nothing. Empirical here there are people writing other people's recipes there are people naming drinks after themselves or after the bars, they work in this explains. Why it's so hard to nail down the difference between Martinez and a MARTINI. Let alone figure out where it was invented. But regardless of what it was called. It's very obvious that emerged teeny style. Gin drink was really popular at the turn of the century. People. Always drank whatever they had around and. You know when America was being settled, there's a lot of gin here and that wasn't an accident. Jin's popularity can be traced back to prohibition when the manufacturing and selling of alcohol became illegal in nineteen twenty people got creative have you ever heard of bathtub gin? Well, that was literally people making Jin in their bathtub. It was cheap and easy. And there was a lot of it. So when president Roosevelt repealed prohibition thirteen years later there was plenty of generosity and just waiting to be drunk. Thirty six against prohibition is happy news while the grain raises of the United States, and many others throughout the land rose about cheers in the end of prohibition with nothing, but a MARTINI. So that's a big deal right there. Prohibition. Really kind of gave the MARTINI the leg up. I mean, it is just like this granddaddy of cocktails and this granddaddy came from here the San Francisco Bay area. Well, it probably came from here in nineteen Eighty-three. The San Francisco court of historical review, a group with no actual legal authority. They held a mock trial over the origin of the MARTINI. And they determined that their city was the cocktails. Rightful birthplace. But not to be outdone a mock court in Martinez overturned that ruling shortly after. When I press Jennifer to MIR and Gabriel on where the MARTINI was invented. No one is willing to say anything definitively. But finally, Jennifer gives it to me straight. So do you think it's important that people know where the MARTINI came from God. No, no, no one no one needs to know any of this. I mean, if you're if you're enjoying yourself at my bar. That's really all I care about. That was K Q it-it's Bianca Taylor. This story. I ran on the California report magazine, our partner in the Golden State place series. You can find more stories of recipes invented in California on their podcast this week find it by searching for the California report magazine on your favorite podcasting up. And if you listen on apple podcasts, please consider giving bake curious rating and review it takes just a few minutes. And it's an easy way to help support the show bake curious is made in San Francisco at K Q E D, I'm Lydia Allen price. The bay is a podcast for everyone who wants more from local news, go behind the headlines to get a more personal understanding not only of how the news is made. But how it's being felt find the bay wherever you get your podcasts.