The state of Alameda politics

Editor:
Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT) began in the living room of Dr. Arthur Lipow, noted socialist author and champion of civil rights (“Arthur Lipow Passes,” January 14, 2016.) We were a group of Alameda residents who felt powerless because we didn’t belong to any of the powerful groups who appeared to have engineered the results of the first post-SunCal election. 

None of us belonged to big business nor “the city’s old guard” to which Laura Thomas alluded to in a recent commentary (“Alameda Politics not What it Seems,” Aug. 23). 

As a third-generation Alamedan, I’m still trying to figure out who “the old guard” is supposed to be. To label ACT “right-wing” is simply laughable. And can we please put to rest this canard about the “union whore” remark? It was uttered by a heckler, who entered the public meeting late and stood in the back. No organization can control who walks into its public meetings or what outbursts they make. 

 

— Carol Gottstein

Editor’s note: During the early 2000s, developer SunCal came close to beginning work at Alameda Point but lost funding support necessary to execute the project.