T-Shirt League season a success

The inaugural season of the reborn Parks and Recreation Summer Baseball Program -- the T-Shirt League -- has just concluded, and it was successful beyond our wildest expectations.

The program operated in five Alameda parks -- Tillman, Bayport, Franklin, Lincoln and Washington -- and served more than 300 kindergarten through fifth-graders. All equipment, shirts, and supervision were provided free of charge thanks to the community's generous support.

On behalf of the advisory board of the Alameda Recreation and Parks Summer Baseball Program, we'd like to thank everyone who supported bringing this legendary program back to the community.

A special thank you to our sponsor, the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 (who were also the sponsors of the original T-Shirt League). Thanks also to Kyle Conner and the Alameda Theater for donating use of the theater for our big fundraising event in March (and to Pacific Fine Food, McGee's Bar and Grill and Stacy and Shelly, the Oakland Athletics, Tudal Wines and all who attended for making the event a huge success). Also, appreciation to Alameda Friends of the Parks, who handled all contributions for the program (to donate to the program, go to alamedaparks.org).


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And congratulations to the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department for executing on this vision and making the summer of 2014 a little more special for hundreds of kids in Alameda. Alameda is truly a unique and special community, and the T-shirt League provides a great recreational opportunity for all children in our town. We look forward to your continued support as we plan for the 2015 season. Thank you, Alameda.

Adrienne Alexander, Lil Arnerich, Kyle Conner, John Costello, Eric Cross, Kevin Kearney, Kevin Kennedy, Cindi LaCroix, Kin Robles and Bill Sonneman

advisory board, Alameda T-Shirt League

Del Monte building proposal a good one

Recently the Alameda Home Team invited the developer of the Del Monte Building to make a public presentation to the community on the proposal and take questions.

This development is so very important to Alameda. Situated at one of the most desirable waterfront properties on the Island, the Del Monte Building is one of our few historic island icons. It has also become a long-languishing eyesore.

Revitalization of Alameda's Northern Waterfront includes the Del Monte Building and was included in the city's 2007 General Plan. Tim Lewis Communities proposes renewing the Del Monte realizing the city's vision of connecting neighborhoods to the water, improving the street network and revitalizing these former industrial areas. They also will make a significant contribution to the Jean Sweeney lineal park. This win-win development is way overdue.

Under the city's Housing Element of the General Plan, the Del Monte warehouse site is one of few properties rezoned in 2012 to allow multifamily housing. Tim Lewis Communities is proposing 308 units in the warehouse and up to 106 units on two adjacent parcels on Sherman Street. Importantly, the plan calls for 55 of the units to be affordable rentals, a commitment that supports stable homes of lower-income residents and contributing to the diverse economy and vibrant neighborhood. The developer is working with the dity to create a transportation plan for the entire northern waterfront that would provide and facilitate the use of alternative modes of transportation.

The community members attending the presentation expressed enthusiasm for the plan and the revitalization of Del Monte which will provide much-needed housing for all incomes, about 20,000 square-feet of retail space, make helpful changes in transit alternatives, launch the Sweeney Park and initiate the revitalization of the northern waterfront. The Alameda Home Team will urge the Planning Board and City Council to move swiftly on this highly beneficial project.

Helen Sause

president, Alameda Home Team

Abuse of antibiotics should be stopped

Doctors are judicious about prescribing antibiotics for their patients. After all, the more these lifesaving medicines are used, the more likely it is that bacteria will develop resistance and become superbugs.

It is a serious and growing problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consistently estimates that every year 23,000 Americans die from superbug infections. Factory farms feed perfectly healthy livestock and poultry low-dose antibiotics to make them grow faster and fatter. Are faster-growing chickens worth losing medicines to treat common illnesses? I think not!

Reform in Denmark has proved that removing low-dose antibiotics can reverse the superbug effect. This epidemic of overuse of antibiotics has rightly been described by the World Health Organization as a crisis. The Food and Drug Administration needs to take action immediately.

Siun Smyth

Berkeley

Article on Perry was a partisan hit piece

Page A6 of the Aug. 16 Oakland Tribune has a Democratic Party hit piece masquerading as an AP wire news story: "Texas governor faces charges, indictment could mar Rick Perry's presidential chances." Apparently, mean Republican Perry is pressuring Democrat DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign and a Democrat special prosecutor Mike McCrum finds this illegal.

Lehmberg was arrested for drunken driving and was highly abusive to the police. Lehmberg had three times the legal limit of alcohol and was strapped in a restraint chair with a spit shield. She refuses to step down from her position as head of the, wait for it, "Public Integrity Unit." McCrum is a criminal defense attorney who was cited in a contempt motion for allegedly telling a witness to leave town to prevent testifying against his client.

I expect an anti-Republican bias in the opinion section of the paper, but it would be refreshing if the news articles at least pretended to be unbiased. Yes, the AP wrote the article, but the paper chose to publish this one-sided partisan propaganda.

Bernard Flusche

Newark