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Television news ran a segment on the proposed 300-unit residential development at South Shore, presenting both sides essentially. Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said she’s keeping an open mind but that she does not want all lower-income homes. She wants some middle-income ones as well. 

Area neighbors expressed concern about the potential for traffic nightmares on Shore Line Drive and Park Street; it reminded me of Bay Farm Island residents’ concerns back in 2015, when developers blew off existing homeowner concerns about similar traffic woes. At least the rep for South Shore and the developer were honest when asked replying, “I can’t deny the impact on traffic from this plan.”

Total contrast to other developers’ hired reps who not only dispute any increase in traffic, but many of them laughably claim “traffic here would, in fact, decrease.” Here’s to South Shore’s honesty.


Mike Lano

I attended the first event discussing the owners of South Shore Center, Jamestown Properties’, “South Shore Center Neighborhood Plan. Actually, this was a non-event. Sure, they had some food and wine out, but there were very few chairs available as people gathered to find out what Jamestown’s plans are.

This was not what our Alameda community wanted. Those that were there wanted an explanation from somebody at Jamestown. I expected to hear a speaker from Jamestown explain their plan. There wasn’t even a row of seats to listen to that explanation, much less a microphone to get the word out to the attendees.

Many of us had questions, but nobody was there to answer them. This was a joke.

Jamestown made a lot of locals angrym, and once that happens, it’s hard to win them over.


Marilyn Schumacher

Thank you for publishing links to the Grand Jury report which addresses the conduct of Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie (“City Council Ponders Grand Jury Responses,” July 11).

As thorough and as and critical of the Councilmembers as it is, the Grand Jury report does not address the most significant claim by former City Manager Jill Keimach, i.e., that Vella and Oddie threatened a “job action” similar to the inaction by the fire department personnel which led to the drowning of Raymond Zack off South Shore beach on Memorial Day 2011 (“First Responders Watch Man Die,” June 2, 2011).  

We had been told by the District Attorney in 2018 that, because the entire matter was still being investigated, the audio tape of the conversation between the former City Manager Keimach and the Councilmembers could not be released to the general public.  

Now that the Grand Jury’s investigation has been concluded and the report has issued, it should be time for a transcript of the tape to be made available to the Alameda Sun, which can then decide whether it merits publishing. Until that occurs, the report should be considered incomplete.

In the meantime, how about recognizing Alameda Chief of Police Paul Rolleri and former City Manager Jill Keimach for serving the residents of Alameda under very difficult circumstances?


John Zugnoni