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In response to the Alameda Sun article, (“Special Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Exhibits Displayed at the USS Hornet Museum,” May 5), Chinese Americans drafted into the military during WWII did not serve in racially segregated units except for those serving in the China-Burma-India theatre, where they provided logistic support and maintenance for the Flying Tigers and the Chinese military. In Europe and all other WWII theatres, Chinese Americans served alongside other Americans.

A major exhibit of Chinese American military service created by Montgomery Hom and Ron Chan, Co-Founders of the “Chinese American GI Project,” showcases how Chinese Americans fought in every theatre of war and proudly served in every branch of the armed forces. The Chinatown to Battleground exhibition debuted in San Francisco at the Veterans Building, Veterans Gallery Room 102, at 401 Van Ness Ave. and runs until June 12.

— Steve Haines

Dear members:
I am a homeowner with a rental unit adjacent to our home in Alameda bordered by Park Street and Tilden Way. Regarding building height limits and density bonuses, consider those who live here in our historic homes.

We love living in a city where we see buildings built many years ago with pleasing architectural details. We do not want to be overpowered by box-shaped, rectangular, six-story apartment buildings with people looking down upon us through windows. Nor do we want to live where we are crowded, overrun with many people living too close for comfort.

Accessory Dwelling Units behind our current homes will provide additional housing. Like the two built behind the house across the street from our home. The complex near 2615 Eagle Ave. will provide 40 to 50 affordable rental homes.

Please members, imagine yourself living here. Keep the existing 2,000 ft. lot area density. Retain the existing height limits. Continue the public hearings. Be careful what you allow now. We all don’t want to suffer tomorrow for poor decisions made today.

— Patricia M. Paul

Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the City Council, city staff and Planning Board Members.

The Alameda County Council of the League of Women Voters, which consists of the Leagues of Alameda, Berkeley Albany Emeryville, Eden Area, Fremont-Newark- Union City, Oakland, and Piedmont has issued the following statement in response to the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

If this draft opinion holds, it will overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey that have protected pregnant people’s rights to bodily autonomy for decades. Generations before us have fought tirelessly to gain and protect the rights we have today. We are in a fight to make sure that everyone has the power to control their own bodies, lives, and futures.

True democracy depends on equal rights for all people. Losing our right to reproductive choice would open the door to the loss of other fundamental rights like marriage equality, contraception, and gender-affirming care. We stand with our allies and Leagues across the nation, to protect every individual’s access to reproductive health care. We urge our members to show up and make their voices heard for reproductive choice. Planned Parenthood held local marches in Oakland and San Francisco as part of the National Day of Action on May 14th.

— Syeda Reshma Inamdar, Chairperson, Alameda County Council of the League of Women Voters