Tie development to traffic calming
After further development adds more housing and business to the West End of Alameda and we are stranded in our cars, queuing at the bottlenecks to the tubes, it will be too late. The developers will already have our money and will have built fine homes elsewhere.
Already, the Webster Street approach through Oakland's Chinatown backs up for blocks. As Alameda commuters back up the middle two lanes, impatient drivers already zip by on the outside lanes then cut back in — backing traffic up even farther. How much worse will it be when they've added more homes? By then the politicians who are cutting these deals will be retiring, ready to name things for themselves, like the DeWitt Club and Appezzato Way.
It will be too late for us to do anything about adding another tube or building a bridge mid-island (out of the Port of Oakland's way) after the developers are finished. Newcomers will move to the island, happy for the homes, happy to be here. By then, protesting the traffic jams will be too late -- we have to make access part of the deal beforehand or reconcile ourselves to sitting in traffic, sniffing fumes.
Perhaps if we tell the politicians they can name the next bridge or tube after themselves it will become a priority? Because after they complete the developments, it will be too late.
Profile did justice to hometown hero
Kudos to the Journal for its Hometown Hero feature. I particularly enjoyed the profile of Rev. Michael Yoshii.
I came to know Rev. Yoshii several years ago when my son played basketball on a Buena Vista United Methodist Church-affiliated team. During various community events and tournaments, Rev. Yoshii would attend and was always approachable.
It was clear from my conversations with him that this was a man of the cloth far different from those I remember from my childhood. I was immediately impressed by his commitment to social justice and activism as part and parcel of his spirituality. Such a message resonated with me as an adult, after a long history of practicing my faith in a Christian community that I considered to be hypocritical, judgmental and self-righteous.
Those very conversations with Rev. Yoshii directly led to my re-examining my beliefs about organized religion and reconsidering the potential role spirituality can play in one's life. I have since found a spiritual home and a welcoming community in a local parish here in Alameda thanks to Rev. Yoshii.
The numerous efforts he has undertaken around the world to help others speak volumes of this man's character. With his acts of caring, hope, love and faith, Rev. Yoshii is truly a Hometown Hero.
Falling through cracks in safety net
I am a 77-year-old senior who has lived in Alameda for 10 years. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I must move out of my apartment.
I have lived here nearly seven years. I have tried for months to find a two-bedroom apartment that I can afford here in Alameda. I saw a sign on the wall of the housing building that said they were renting or taking applications. I went in the office and was told the apartments were for people with Section 8 recipients only. I was crushed.
In the last year-and-a-half, I have had three surgeries and two attacks of ischemic colitis. Today I am in constant pain, but I must keep going. My credit took a major hit in the last year-and-a-half, but I paid my rent. Everywhere I've gone is for Section 8 or I must be homeless. Why?
My caregiver lives with me because I can't take care of myself totally. Is there anyone who will rent me a two-bedroom apartment in Alameda without bleeding me out financially and on the strength that I pay my rent?
Thanks for backing cancer relay event
The Committee for the American Cancer Society's 2013 Relay For Life of Alameda is deeply grateful for the support of our community.
The Relay For Life in June, a family-friendly community campout with teams walking relay-style for 24 hours in the fight against cancer, was a powerful event. The 33 teams and over 370 registered participants, including 80 cancer survivors, celebrated life, remembered those we've lost, and fought back raising money and awareness.
Fundraising continued after the Relay itself, and as the fiscal year ends, we are delighted to report that we raised just over $80,000 for the American Cancer Society. That money is transformed into research, education and services to cancer patients and their families.
We sincerely thank all our sponsors; including the Alameda Sun, Alameda Hospital, Bay Risk Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Grand Marina, Rolls-Royce, Alameda Endodontics, Total Woman Gym & Spa, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Community of Harbor Bay Isle Owners Association, Balloon Mania, Nob Hill, Blue Dot Cafe, Cellar Door, Straw Hat Pizza, Temple Israel, Olympic Florist, Alameda Recreation & Park Department, The Lunch Box, Boniere Bakery, Otaez Mexican Restaurant, Noah's Bagels, Peets Coffee & Tea, Semifreddi's, Whitmore Auto Services, Dan's Produce, Tucker's Super Creamed Ice Cream and Subway on Blanding.
We also thank all our donors, everyone who participated as a walker or a survivor, and in particular the members of 2013 Committee. We are already gearing up for the 2014 Relay; those interested in serving on the Committee are invited to a planning meeting on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m., at Alameda Hospital, 2nd floor, or call Lisa at 510-834-3800.
For more about the American Cancer Society's services visit www.cancer.org or call 800-227-2345.
event chair, 2013 Relay For Life of Alameda