Why no recycling bins on Park Street?

Every home in Alameda is given the opportunity to recycle. Why, on Park Street do I not have that same opportunity? I would like to see the city take action and put recycling bins on Park Street next to the existing trash cans.

As a fifth-grade student at Edison Elementary School, I have learned a lot about the issues our environment is facing and am worried about my future.

Park Street is bustling with activity. With all the ice-cream shops, restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores, lots of recyclables are being thrown away because there are no recycling bins.

Also, Alameda High is right near there, and when the high school students have open lunch it is like Park Street is promoting just putting everything in one bin.

As the population of the world increases, recycling is becoming more important. Our society today is creating more and more products with lots and lots of plastic packaging. Did you know that it takes centuries for plastic to decompose?

By not recycling the garbage on Park Street, all of it is going to our landfill in Altamont. What will happen when our landfill fills up? Where will all the trash go? In our parks? In our ocean? In your backyard?

I know that money can be an issue. One solution for this could be to have a fundraiser. This would help raise money as well as awareness. Recycling on Park Street is not going to cure all of our world's environmental problems, but it is a start.

Nora Cesareo-Dense

Include pets, too, in emergency plans

Many people do not think about what would happen to their pet in a natural disaster. We think it is extremely important that all Alameda residents know how to keep their pets safe in the event of an emergency.

An emergency kit that includes provisions for yourself and your pet will assure the safety of your whole family. A basic disaster kit for your pet includes food and water for at least five days.

Make sure to pack a can opener if your pet's food is canned. If your pet needs medical care, be sure to include the pet's medication and any other health and safety supplies.

Other items include garbage bags to collect your pet's waste, and if you can easily bring them, toys or a pet bed to reduce stress in your pet. Also, it is a good idea to make sure that your pet is wearing a collar and identification. It may be helpful to get your pet microchipped so you can be reunited if you become separated.

Finally, the most important thing you can do is make sure to take your pet with you if you must evacuate. Remember that if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pet.

We hope that all Alameda residents will remember these steps and keep their pets safe in a natural disaster.

Rachel Menendez and Mikaila Baskin

Humane Society Club at Alameda High School

Del Monte parking proposal insufficient

The last paragraph in the draft impact report on the Del Monte project claims that the project will have no parking impact on adjacent neighborhoods. They propose to designate on-street parking spaces within the project.

This would only be true if they provide spaces for the actual number of cars expected instead of some mythical number such as one or 1.75 cars per unit. High density or low income does not reduce the number of cars per unit. The Housing Authority's Esperanza project for the low, low-income families provides for two spaces per unit. The tenants once petitioned to get three.

The second-to-last paragraph claims good emergency vehicle access. The access points on Clement are not clearly defined. The project will not provide a roadway east of the entrance road to Clement. The minimum width for emergency access is 20 feet. Parking on internal streets could eliminate a 20-foot width,

The plans on Page 8 show a strong traffic connection on Eagle Avenue across Sherman directly into a quiet neighborhood. We residents need parking stickers.

Barbara Kerr

Passing Measure AA assures quality care

I was taken to the trauma center at Highland Hospital in Oakland when I received a severe head injury recently.

I was amazed at the attention and care I received: a CT scan upon arrival, and another two nights later to see if anything had developed. This is the only trauma center in this area, and experience has taught them that injuries can affect different systems of the body. I received an EKG, an ultrasound and constant monitoring.

You may think you will never need emergency service, but if you do, you will be glad you voted "yes" on Alameda County Measure AA for the health care safety net reauthorization.

Jean M. Brown

Oakland