About Overbuilding Alameda Point
“Hello ~ I absolutely support your position on Alameda Point. Alameda does not need new high density housing. There is excess housing inventory throughout the east bay. Alameda desperately needs the revenue from light industrial/manufacturing businesses that are currently at Alameda Point. Especially, in light of all the sales tax revenue that has been lost from big ticket car sales due to dealer closures. It is incomprehensible to me that our city council would entertain a $700 million bond to finance infrastructure when our schools, police and fire departments funding is being cut. More housing means more delivery of city services. And to whom does the city go to when there is a shortfall? Property owners. I foresee a future of more and more parcel taxes.”
“Please add my name and let me know if there is anything I can do to save our city. I agree with what I just read in the Alameda Daily New article and want to say Thank you for doing this. Merry Christmas.”
“I wanted to provide you with some information regarding SunCal and one of their projects in the area that has gone severely wrong. You may want to look into the Bethel Island Project and how they have deserted the project. My parents are residents of Bethel Island and the city there is furious with what has occurred. Sun Cal has bailed from completing the project and they have destroyed acres of land out there. Please look into this further to assist your efforts in side-lining SunCal from the Alameda Point development. I believe in future growth of the island, but not by this firm.”
“All of the points you mention are valid and spot on. It’s difficult to categorize the City of Alameda’s choices on this project except to label it pure greed. However, there’s one more point I’d like to bring to your attention.
In your many reasons why the City should not partner with SunCal and their redevelopment plan, you fail to mention that Alameda Point has a vibrant residential neighborhood with its own neighborhood association. This is separate and distinct from the Alameda Point Collaborative and Veteran’s housing, although we do consider all of us to be vital members of our neighborhood, living and working together.
Our houses are often mentioned in the news, but it’s disheartening to never see acknowledgement of those of us who live out here. As a matter of fact, at open development meetings over the years, we have overheard members of the public, as well as officials working on this development deal, talk about our houses as “abandoned.” Not only are they not abandoned, we pay the city a good deal of money each month to live in them! The houses are our homes, and we are a community.
There are many of us, from all walks of life: teachers, therapists, publishing professionals, professional musicians and actors, members of the Coast Guard, real estate agents, software engineers, executives, journalists, entrepreneurs and business owners; the list could go on. We watch out for one another; we advocate on each other’s behalves; we recreate together and raise our children together; we even partner in work together; we actively support the APC, Red Cross, Alameda Point businesses, Growing Youth Farm, the Community Garden and Ploughshares Nursery, all in our collective backyard.”
“Resident of Alameda since 1968.I personally would like to see everything west of Main Street plowed under and the entire site given over to a nature reserve. But stopping SunCal and other such developers is a start. But first we’ve got to change the mind-set of our city council that ‘development’ is the only way.”
“I attended the sun-cal event in sept. at the hornet. I think they said if they could build 6,000 homes they would throw in a “wind farm.” I say forget the homes–just build the wind farm!”