Letters to the Editor
Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) is excited to recognize the receipt of a major gift from the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. During APC’s annual Farm-to-Table Fundraiser, Jamestown generously donated $10,000 and became the organization’s first “Spirit of Hope” sponsor.
A rainy May day did not stop more than 140 guests from attending the fine, catered luncheon presented by A Fork Full of Earth. Attendees enjoyed live music from the East Bay Brass Band, a silent auction and a speech from APC resident Allen Beene. Beene highlighted the impact of APC’s work and his personal story of resilience.
Jamestown President Michael Phillips expressed his company’s intent to support APC in providing permanent supportive housing and services to their residents. He said APC is “providing vital resources and support services to help break the cycle of homelessness in Alameda County” and that Jamestown is “proud to support APC and thankful for the opportunity to create a lasting relationship with this community.”
APC is the largest provider of supportive housing in Alameda County for individuals and families experiencing chronic homeless and permanent disabilities. APC uses Alameda’s decommissioned naval base to provide permanent housing and support services to 500 residents. Jamestown’s donation will support resident housing, APC’s employment, education, job training and youth services.
This year, APC is celebrating 20 years of service to Alameda County. Large contributions such as this one help us continue to provide housing and services that create a community where formerly homeless families feel empowered to break the cycles and symptoms of homelessness.
KGO recently reported that mere rumors about tolls on Alameda’s bridges and tunnels sparked outrage among residents. This outrage is misguided and short sighted. Beyond mere tolls, we should be looking at other traffic-calming measures.
During the morning rush, the traffic should be re-routed so the Webster Tube has just one Alameda-bound lane, and the other should be reserved for buses, carpools and zero-emission vehicles. Similarly, in the evening rush, the Posey Tube should be converted to a single lane Oakland-bound.
Metropolitan areas all over the country regularly use these types of traffic-switching measures, which would require community education and adequate signage prior to implementation. Making the tubes a single lane in either direction would eliminate the problems seen on the Bay Bridge, where drivers dart in and out of the carpool lanes.
In addition, vehicles using those lanes should pay a nominal toll (perhaps just $1). Everyone else sitting bumper-to-bumper would pay slightly more. Tolls should be suspended on nights and weekends.
Editor’s note: Despite rumors on social media, no toll has been discussed or planned by the Alameda City Council. In fact, such an act would exceed their authority. All four bridges in and out of Alameda are owned by Alameda County. The Webster and Posey tubes are the property of CalTrans. Only those authorities, and a vote of the people, could impose a new tax on these crossings.
Recent research has shown that more than half of homeless people ended up in trouble after age 50. Hibiscus Commons is an important project by the Bay Area Community Land Trust that is working to address this issue.
We are in the process of raising awareness about the senior housing crisis, and we are seeking both private and public funding to move this project forward.
Towards this goal, we want to raise greater awareness through print media and funding for the Bay Area Community Land Trust. Your readers can also learn more about this project at www.hibiscus