Developments will ruin small-town feel

If you want to see the unfortunate direction of Alameda governance these days, you need only look at the front page of the June 28 Alameda Journal. It contains three articles -- each of which is about a different piece of land that Alameda plans to appropriate for urban development.

A piece of Crown Beach is zoned for houses despite objections by nearby residents and the park district. Plenty of stores and houses are in the development pipeline for Alameda Landing despite objections by nearby residents. Meanwhile, the recent Alameda Point conveyance gives the city "unrestricted use" of hundreds of new acres.

How much is enough?

I only ask because Alameda has distinguished itself in the Bay Area by a lot of wonderful traits which we tend to generalize as its small-town feel. Plenty of other cities have urban benefits, but people move to Alameda for its small-town feel. Generations of families have stayed for the small-town feel. It is Alameda's unique advantage.

A small-town vibe is clearly jeopardized by building houses and stores upon open space, and by drawing new traffic onto existing roads. This kind of private development cannot realistically be undone. So let me ask again, a legitimate question on the lips of a lot of residents who would appreciate an answer:

How much development is enough?

Travis Wilson


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Housing plans aren't appropriate for area

I believe the time has come and gone for public comments to the City of Alameda, but I still want to make my opinion known on this subject:

I am a lifelong Alameda resident, and I think it would be a disservice to the citizens of Alameda to put 48 (or more) housing units into the small space known as Neptune Pointe. If these new houses are built, traffic impacts for people like me who are handicapped will make it even harder to get down to Crab Cove on any given day, and especially for Concerts at the Cove in the summer.

Not to mention putting that many homes in such a small space is ridiculous when there's plenty of room at Alameda Point for new homes. Please don't infill this small lot adjacent to one of Alameda's most precious public spaces with housing. I'd like to see it become part of Crab Cove/Crown Beach Park, so that it can benefit all citizen's of Alameda.

I also feel that EBRPD was not given a decent chance to put forth their proposal before the property was rezoned and bought by a developer. The property should be rezoned as park land and somehow conveyed to the EBRPD to become part of our beautiful shoreline park.

For further information on the plans for Neptune Pointe, go to friendsofcrownbeach.com

Allison Martin

Ferry crews stepped up for BART strike

I thank the entire San Francisco Bay Area ferry team for doing a great job of planning and managing the logistics for providing additional ferry service during the BART strike. I take the Harbor Bay ferry, and I know that many of the regular riders share my sentiment.

I'm sure everyone will get a lot of learning from this experience, which will make the process going forward all the better. Keep up the great work; we really love our ferry system and the wonderful crews that run it.

Peter Scampavia

Now gay polygamy should be legalized

Now that the Supreme Court has made marriage equality a reality here in California, I think it's time for us to think about all the misery and expense caused by Prop 8, and do a favor in kind to some of its chief sponsors.

How about a campaign to legalize gay polygamy in Utah and Idaho?

Richard B. Eckhaus

During parade, keep politics to oneself

I watched the Alameda Fourth of July Parade with my family, and many other people. Near us in another family grouping was a woman who found it appropriate to yell "boo" and "hiss" as the National Rifle Association float went past.

As an Alamedan, I was embarrassed by her behavior. When the City of Alameda Democratic Club float passed, she cheered wildly. Her political proclivities were clear and on display for us all. I'm glad she found something to be enthusiastic about.

Perhaps she forgot she was not in her own house, watching the TV, where it might be appropriate to jeer?

Perhaps she thought the rest of the spectators would join in with her bad behavior, thereby justifying her public rudeness somehow?

Regardless of public sentiment, thankfully she was the only one.

Unfortunately, my opinion was that she represents yet another intolerant liberal/Democrat, intent on stirring up public sentiment, but only succeeding in driving people away from the Democratic Party. This is not dissent. This is not an inspiration. This is not a (forgive the pun) call to arms against intolerance or ignorance -- this is certainly intolerant and perhaps ignorant.

One could argue that great things aren't accomplished by well-behaved people, but I suspect the accomplishment of the ill-mannered woman at the parade was the antithesis of her intent.

Andrew S. Rogers