Editorial

I have noticed a slew of letters from readers about the Harbor Bay Club. Some think the idea of a shiny new club is fantastic. Others think Ron Cowan just wants to make millions of dollars and doesn’t want to fix and maintain the current club. Here’s my two cents.

Park Street Alameda: growing up, growing out, expanding with new shops, restaurants and other businesses extending beyond existing Park Street borders to create a Downtown Alameda that’s historic, hip and worth the trip.

Today, nearly 40 percent of the Park Street Business District is comprised of business owners off-Park Street, prompting the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) to re-name itself Downtown Alameda.

The Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse wasn’t Charleston’s only reminder of the southern legacy of racism and slavery. At the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church downtown a prayer group recently welcomed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who then shot and killed nine members of the congregation, including pastor and state senator, Clementa Pinckney. All of Roof’s victims were African Americans, and, indeed, that was the point. The media quickly reported the racist epithets that Roof shouted during his rampage and the vitriol posted on his blog page.

I found Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) recent forum on solar panels very informative. AMP’s consultant laid out a complex subject in terms simple enough for the public to understand. From the presentation some things are clear.

Alameda’s need for electricity is primarily in the winter months, when the amount of electricity possible for solar panels is at a minimum.

In the recent column ("Clearing up the Point Confusion," June11), John Knox White, a Planning Board member for the city, attempts to defend that the analysis for the environmental impact report (EIR) for Alameda Point’s 1,425 homes and 9,000 jobs will result in net-one-car-off-island during the morning commute.

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