Harbor Bay Club plan makes sense
I am 100 percent in favor of the new Harbor Bay Club. Though the existing club is very convenient for me (I live in Brittany Landing/The Harbor just across the street) I understand that fitness has changed over the last 30 years and a new approach is necessary. People with their busy schedules want to get in, get out and get on with their day, and the new club fits this mind-set.
Through the years, I have watched many cars speed down Packet Landing (during peak hours) just to get to the club on time. I have car-counted the parking lot (I found it was much easier to count the empty spaces) and have circled the perimeter of the club, checking for any action on the many empty tennis courts. I have poked my head into the HBC bar and have wondered, "Why in the world is this bar still open?"
I have talked to professionals in the Harbor Bay Business Park who are thrilled knowing a new fitness club will be near their work environment. Knowing they can work out morning, noon and night is filling a void in this area. My husband and I have ridden our bikes to the new HBC site and are thrilled with the new location.
Oh, and the existing land where the club now sits? The 80 homes are ideal. For those homebuyer for whom yards and large lots are not a priority, it's perfect. What about all the cars and traffic from the new homes? Here in BL/H, we have 82 households, and I can tell you that at least 16 (and maybe more) have zero to one car per unit. The traffic will be nonexistent compared to what it is right now.
Thanks to all who made event success
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter had a successful After the Ball event Sept. 27 with more than 300 people attending and $83,000 raised for abandoned pets in Alameda. We are grateful to everyone who attended After the Ball and ensured a big success for the animals.
We appreciate the support from the following sponsors of After the Ball:
Kent & Kathy Rosenblum, MBH Architects, Providence Veterinary Hospital and Clinic, US Bank, Jiva Creative, Rock Wall Wine Company, Alameda Pet Hospital, Bank of Alameda, Park Centre Animal Hospital, Bay Area News Group (The Alameda Journal), Gail Soares-Artikaslan EA, Christina Balogh-Nunes, Michael & LeeAnne Baker, Janine Boehm, Urban Island Home Furnishings, Excel Graphics, Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, Edward Jones Investments -- Office of Deb Knowles, Fidelity Insurance Services, John L. Lipp & Peter Lunny, Roger Duke Farmers Insurance, Mim Carlson & Bob Treppa, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Harbor Bay Realty, Sterling Mortgage Specialists, Tonya Perme Photography and "In Memory of Judy Salamon -- a Devoted Animal Advocate."
We also thank Rock Wall and the other wonderful wineries who attended After the Ball and poured their outstanding wines for all to enjoy. They were: R&B Cellars, Fog Line Vineyards, J.C. Cellars, Rosenblum Cellars, Thiel Family Wines, Urban Legend Cellars, and Prospect 772 Wine Company.
A very special thanks to Vali Ebert, who chaired the event, and her great committee. The pets of Alameda are lucky to have such a generous community. Thank You, Alameda.
executive director, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
Chinese flag-raising inherently political
Regarding the letter by Stewart Chen, "Let's not politicize diplomatic events," Oct. 11:
When Alameda Council Member Stewart Chen and others decided that Alameda should use China's National Day as a day to celebrate Alameda's sister city, Wuxi, it was not by accident.
No doubt he knows the formation of the PRC in 1949 was the result of a bloody and undemocratic war between the Chinese peoples. The war did not include Tibet, yet Chinese Communist leadership under Mao Tse Tung already planned the invasion and subjugation of Tibet and the Tibetan genocide, if necessary, from the very first moment the PRC flag was made in 1949.
Every year at great peril, Tibetans resist this red flag that was designed to include them against their wishes. In fact, on Oct. 6, more than 60 Tibetans were reportedly shot at and three killed during a protest of the arrest of a Tibetan man who refused to fly the flag of tyranny over his home in Nagchu county, Tibet.
Chen can hardly expect people in a freer country to not exercise the luxury they have, which may include a very natural aversion to the perpetual perpetrators of grave injustices against their people or their greatly tainted symbol, a flag that many Chinese do not like as some people don't like the Confederate or Nazi flags.
You can represent the heritage of various people without flaunting such a divisive, hurtful symbol on a very political anniversary day and not at the political center of the city, Alameda City Hall. No doubt he knows the Chinese government is doing everything to increase its power and prestige in the world. The Chinese government encourages such Chinese flag-raising ceremonies for their internal propaganda and to enhance their ill-gotten and oppressive control over their people and the Tibetans.
A celebration of the great Chinese culture is political when the ambassadors of the Butchers of Beijing have been invited to the celebration and you wave their flag. There are many other possible constructive ways to honor culture and various heritages of the world without them or waving the symbol that flaunts domination over their neighbor brothers and sisters in Tibet.
I think educating Chen and others about freeing the boys and the girls of China or Tibet is actually not about politics, rather, about championing equality among peoples and universal human rights.
president Bay Area Friends of Tibet San Francisco