A positive vision

Editor:
I am writing to encourage voters in Alameda to vote “yes” on Measure Z. Since I moved to Alameda in 2001, I have grown to love many things about this city. One of those things is the incredible variety of housing types that make up our neighborhoods and provide homes to a diverse range of households.

In order to continue to be the welcoming, inclusive community we say we want to be it is critical that we be able to provide more of those diverse types of homes. Yet for the last 40 years we have had an exclusionary measure built into our City Charter (Article 26) that expressly forbids us from building the types of homes that allow our seniors to spend their retirement years here, provide attainable first time home opportunities to young working families, and make space for our young high school and college graduates to stay in the town where they grew up.

Alameda voters of another time told us they don’t trust us to make decisions about our city when they enacted Article 26. This year Alameda voters have the chance to say yes to taking charge of our future, begin again to make room for the housing that will welcome all of those who currently are excluded and affirm that we are a community where everyone truly belongs. Voting “yes” on Measure Z removes that exclusionary article from our charter and allows us to have a conversation about the types of homes we need and where we think it is most appropriate to build them.

Vote “yes” on Measure Z for a positive vision of our future.

Another reason to vote ‘yes’ on Measure Z

Editor:
Alameda is being required by state and regional authorities to build about 5,000 new homes in the next few years — this will happen with or without Article 26, because state law supersedes city law.
But by removing Article 26, we can build smaller multifamily units that are more affordable by design and can reduce traffic by 30 percent by placing them closer to transportation options, compared to single-family housing.
I’ll restate — if you want maximum traffic, vote “no” on Z. If you want minimum traffic, vote “yes”on Z. The number of new units will not go up or down with the passage of Measure Z, all we’re deciding is what kind of housing we’re allowed to have.
— Jason Buckley

Strengthen our
community: ‘yes’ on Z

Fellow Alameda residents:
In the next seven years Alameda is going to be required by the state to build more than 4,900 residences in

— David Burton Architect and former Planning Board President