Op-ed

Reading Alameda Public Works Director Bob Haun’s May 21 op-ed, “The City Does Employ Engineers for Its Projects,” reminded me of the old adage, “saying it’s so doesn’t make it so.” Mr. Haun does a fine job of laying out the “facts” as he wants you to believe them, but when you scratch the surface of his claims, you uncover the telltale glint of fool’s gold.

It puzzles me that tenant activists should push for private enterprise to subsidize housing through the support of rent controls, and "just cause termination" laws. Housing is a "very basic human right," tenant activists argue, a "human service" fulfilling a vital societal need. Aren't those just the sort of vital services we expect government to provide? Air traffic control, for example, is something so important that we entrust it only to the government. Public health services are another example. It's no wonder that landlords push back when asked to subsidize this basic human right. They don't see that there's anything in it for them.

On Friday, May 15, Mayor Morten Kabell of Copenhagen met with Mayor Trish Spencer and community members.

Like many, my wife and I moved to Alameda in 2003 because we were impressed by the city’s strong sense of community. When our 5-year-old son started elementary school this year, this sense of community became even more evident for us. We believe that everyone living here should have the same wonderful experience, but the lack of available housing and a persistent jobs-housing imbalance makes for a formidable barrier.

The residential and commercial neighborhood proposed for 68 acres at Alameda Point’s east entrance implements the approved 1996 vision for conversion of Naval Air Station Alameda to civilian use.

The hard work that takes place in our public schools was evident on Friday, April 24, at the Alameda Education Foundation’s Salute to Education.

Dear Editor:

For the past 21 years I have co-owned Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda Point. We employ nearly 400 people to repair, convert and build, commercial, military vessels and super yachts.

While we are one of the largest employers on the Island, only 10 percent of our workforce actually lives here, because they cannot find affordable housing. I have thoroughly reviewed Alameda Point Partners' plan to redevelop a portion of the former Naval base and am encouraged to see that it includes two-thirds rental housing and 25 percent affordable units. This is the workforce housing that we are missing at Alameda Point.

Bike Walk Alameda is very excited to finally see tangible movement in new housing and infrastructure at Alameda Point. We have been involved in planning at Alameda Point for more than 15 years and believe that the current, community-created plans offer the most benefit for all Alamedans.

This development will help create roads for all users that will connect Alamedans to the waterfront at Alameda Point. Driving, walking, biking and public transit will be integrated and expanded.

Upon reading an article out of The Alamedan called "Alameda paramedicine pilot set to launch," published April 7, 2015, I am writing this as a concerned citizen of Alameda County. It has come to my attention this pilot program has been approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Currently, there are no substantial research findings that can support quality health outcomes for citizens who have been cared for by paramedics.

We represent some of the larger employers currently operating in Alameda. One of the many attributes that attracted us to locate on the Island is the promise of desirable housing and recreation for our employees – an attractive environment for jobs. We call upon Alameda’s mayor and City Council to fulfill this promise.