When is enough, enough? That is a question I must answer.

Since I moved to Alameda in 1957, I have been involved in almost any cause that pitted “the people” against anything big: business, government, landlords and for anything to protect the rights of “the little guy” or minority. 

I wrote a letter recently (“Cut me in on that deal,” Aug. 1) questioning the construction of multi-story apartments at South Shore. Originally, plans to build anything over one story were not allowed due to the questions of earthquake safety. And a school was closed due to safety.

The other night I got a call from a woman who asked me if I wanted to be part of a group opposed to the apartment buildings. She was very well informed and articulate. I didn’t say “yes” but I told her to let me know when and if there was to be a meeting.

It is clear to me that the closing of Lum Elementary School was just the first step in clearing the way for the construction of more apartments.

I write about this and begin to boil. I am totally angry. But I am 88 years old and at some point I am going to have to say, “I’m sorry, I can’t.” Is this that point?


Ashley Jones

Editor’s note: We hope it’s never enough, Ash. Never stop speaking out for what you think is important. If nothing else, then to inspire younger generations of Alamedans to do the same.