Op-ed

I am ashamed at the vitriol being expressed by so many of you against the Alameda Sun, which is owned locally. Are you trying to take away the owners' income and force the closure of a local business?

Over the past several months, issues concerning residential rental housing have come into public awareness. Through the efforts of Renewed Hope Housing Advocates, the Planning Board proposed the formation of a task force to address the concerns of residents who rent apartments, condos, townhouses, and single family homes.

Fifty million people in the United States — one in four children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Here in Alameda, more than 5,500 people used the services of the Alameda Food Bank in 2013.

On Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m., Alameda Backyard Growers is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary A Place at the Table at Michaan’s Auctions Theater, which is located at 2751 Todd Street at Alameda Point. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and there will be refreshments and gift bags for the first 100 attendees.

I learned that the board of directors for my Harbor Bay homeowners association voted to support the Harbor Bay Neighbors in their opposition to the new Harbor Bay Club. I was never asked or contacted about this and I never gave the board the authority to count me in opposition.

Wow! Thanks to the generous Alameda community, the Alameda Education Foundation made 62 Adopt A Classroom presentations in September.

This letter was issued to Encinal High School families and staff and Alameda Unified School District staff, and submitted to The Alamedan for publication.

It is truly an honor to serve our students. As educators, it is our privilege to know each of them by name. Each day, we are grateful for the opportunity to come to Encinal High School – not because of brick and mortar – but because of the students who are the lifeblood of the Encinal community.

My family and I were long-term members of the Harbor Bay Club, but terminated our membership when the club no longer provided me, or my family, with the programs and services we enjoyed and required. Now we are all excited about the prospect of a new, bigger, and expanded Harbor Bay Club.

As members of our city leadership, I would like to ask if the concept of “maximum capacity” is a part of your decision-making process when considering the numerous, high density development projects that are either underway or close to being underway all across our Island?

As a longtime member of the Harbor Bay Club, a strong supporter of the proposed new Harbor Bay Club and resident within the Headlands development of Harbor Bay Isle, I am very frustrated with the many misrepresentations that those who are opposed to the club have been stating regarding a number of topics. But specifically for this letter, I want to speak about traffic.

The Headlands development has 88 homes and for the past several months I have been taking note of the traffic during morning peak times. Additionally, I have watched and monitored the traffic going in and out of the Harbor Bay Club on Packet Landing Road as I am there almost every morning.

Alameda Council Boy Scouts of America invites boys in grades one through five to join one of our nine Cub Scout packs in the city of Alameda.