Op-ed

In his June 11 commentary in the Alameda Sun, John Knox White, a city Planning Board member, attempts to defend that the analysis for the environmental impact report for Alameda Point’s 1,425 homes and 9,000 jobs will result in net-one-car-off-Island during the morning commute.

Alameda Boy Scouts Cedrick Becerra, Branden Christman, Joshua O'Neil, Nicklas Gardner and Adam Reyes received the Eagle Scout award during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor.

Dear Councilmembers:

On June 16 you will vote on whether to approve development of Site A at Alameda Point. We, the city’s last three living former mayors, have been involved in reimagining the former Naval base since 1997. Time is overdue to implement a plan, and you can now deliver it for Alameda.

The Alamedan got several letters last week regarding Site A. For your convenience, we're printing all of them in one handy post.

I read with interest your reporting on the City Council discussion on the new emergency operations center.

I am amazed that the U.S.S. Hornet's offer to the city to become a city, or even regional, EOC is never discussed. The Hornet is the most earthquake survivable structure in all of Alameda. It is already built, but would require some retrofitting that surely would cost less than the proposed structure, which you know will have cost overruns. Some noteworthy advantages are:

Central Avenue has a safety problem. Between 2008 and 2012, 21 people bicycling and nine people walking were hit by vehicles between Encinal Avenue and Main Street. Crossing Central on foot can be perilous due to poor visibility, long crossing distances, and four lanes of fast-moving traffic; bicycling along Central is equally daunting for similar reasons.

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.