Op-ed

This letter was submitted to The Alamedan for publication.

To the members of the Alameda City Council and Planning Board,

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.

Alameda Hospital has long played a central role in our unique Island community.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Alameda community. My name is Sean McPhetridge, and I am serving as the interim superintendent for Alameda Unified School District this school year.

I have worked for the district for nine of the last 14 years. I began as a vice principal at Alameda High School, and then I returned here after graduate school to serve as director of secondary and career technical education and also principal of Alameda Science and Technology Institute. Most recently, I spent three more years as the district's assistant superintendent. I am grateful for the opportunity to be back in Alameda.

Since I became director of the Alameda Food Bank, I have been skeptical when anyone in our organization refers to our clients as “them.”

Now that there is a full slate of candidates for City Hall elections, which of them is going to stand up for Bay Farm Island and be our voice in Alameda politics?

Candidates should be falling over each other to court our votes. Bay Farm is one of the biggest, most consistent voting blocks in Alameda. Nearly every candidate to win the popular vote on Bay Farm has also won the citywide general election.

Plus, Bay Farm has a unifying issue.

We are going into the fifth grade at Maya Lin School. We have now spoken at three school board meetings. We don’t think we should have to ask to feel safe.

As parents of Alameda students, we were saddened, but not surprised, by AT&T’s refusal to remove cellular antennas from Maya Lin School where they may present a danger to our children. Many community members are concerned that radiofrequency (RF) emissions from cell antennas may cause long term harm to our children; they are exposed to these emissions while they are still growing and developing.

One of the sure signs of summer in Alameda is the announcement of the headliners for the free, family friendly Concerts at the Cove music series co-produced by the Rotary Club of Alameda and the East Bay Regional Park District. The 15th season will conclude on August 8 when two KFOG Local Scene bands headline the final concert.