Letters to the Editor
After many months and much discussion, three councilmembers voted to create Ordinance 3148. That was three years ago.
In the 2016 election it was confirmed by the voters of Alameda, by a large margin when it ran against a Berkeley-style rent control. After five months, two of the same councilmembers, along with the newest councilmember, voted to change the ordinance to become more like the Berkeley-style rent control. They call it rent stabilization — but most people consider it rent control — when a city places restrictions on what you can do with and charge for your own property. No longer are tenants evicted so landlords can raise the rent to market value.
It should be noted that there are approximately 13,389 units subject to rent control. A little more than 3,300 are corporate managed. The balance of approximately 10,000 units are owned by “moms and pops” or smaller property owners. There are some 2,000 other units that are section 8 and not restricted by any rent control or stabilization.
The councilmembers have many concerns here in Alameda: traffic, future major development, future bicycle paths, where to place the cannabis shops and regulations, improved pathways along Eastshore Drive and Fernside Boulevard, climate change, as well as the selection of a new city manager.
Voting “yes” on Measure K makes the ordinance a City Charter amendment. This prevents rent control or stabilization from becoming a political volleyball, vulnerable to the whims of City Council. If changes are needed to Ordinance 3148 in the future, the changes could be put to a vote by all Alamedans in a general election at a fraction of the cost of a special election.
I’m a senior at Alameda High, and I am submitting my support for Board of Education candidate Anne McKereghan.
I met Anne during my junior year when I was preparing for “Small Town, Big Voices,” an event at my school that brought speakers from different backgrounds together to garner understanding. I reached out to the school board members, asking them for advice about the event. Anne was one of the first to respond and was incredibly helpful throughout the process.
Anne genuinely cares about Alameda students. During the process of planning the event, she introduced me to a wonderful speaker, Kymberly Miller, who was a fantastic addition to the event and invited me to come spread the word about the event at a school board meeting.
The help Anne gave me was not just a one-time thing. She consistently checked in on me and the progress of the event, acting as a sounding board for me when I had some ideas. When the day of the event arrived, she came to support me.
Unlike some other authority figures, Anne never felt distant. She was and is always one text away and finds time in her schedule to support me in whatever projects I take on. She takes time to connect with students; something I haven’t experienced all that much with other school authorities.
Anne always goes above and beyond to support grassroots efforts that support our schools and our students. Please vote for Anne McKereghan on Nov. 6 for a seat on the Alameda Unified School District’s Board of Education.
I have been an Alameda resident for seven years and am writing to the Alameda Sun for the first time. I am deeply concerned after encountering a man outside the Alameda Marketplace who was soliciting signatures for two ballot measures: one to change the cash bail law and one to “protect Alameda children at Crab Cove.”
I asked him to explain further regarding Crab Cove. He proceeded to expalin that “they are planning on building two drug-treatment centers there for homeless people.” I challenged him on this, as the very paperwork he presented said nothing about drug-treatment centers, and I know that is not the actual proposal.
I have advocated for and worked with homeless people for a long time and don’t appreciate the flat-out lie that this gentleman is spreading to Alameda residents about proposed land use at Crab Cove. I know this is a contentious issue, but we need to base our arguments and opinions on facts rather than lies, assumptions, stigma and fear. I explained to this gentleman that homeless people are statistically much more likely to be victims of crimes than perpetrators. His response? He warned me that Alameda children will be exposed to dirty needles if this project moves forward.
I was outraged by this encounter. For anyone interested in facts, I urge you to find out more at www.alamedaca.gov/mckayfaq. Let’s all take a deep breath, do a little research and stand up to dishonesty.