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Three days after a group of Alameda seniors met with Alameda Housing Authority (AHA) Executive Director Vanessa Cooper, the AHA earlier Thursday, Aug. 29, posted a 24-hour notice of inspection on 72-year-old Barbara Johnson’s door — an inspection that could trigger red-tagging of her apartment, deflect Johnson’s attempt at an extension to find comparable housing since the AHA hasn’t, and expedite the eviction process of a disabled Black woman.

While Cooper’s Aug. 21 response letter to Alameda Renters Coalition’s (ARC) first — and rejected — request for a meeting stated that the “AHA’s contracted social workers have found Johnson another unit and the AHA has arranged for moving services on Aug. 31.” The unit in question is not even ADA-accessible — an essential requirement for Johnson who travels around Alameda by motorized scooter.

ARC sees the inspection notice and threat of red-tagging as an underhanded tactic to prevent an extension on Johnson’s eviction and to deliver her more quickly into homelessness.


Brad Hirn, Alameda Renters Coalition

Not only am I an Alameda resident, but one of the last generations to be born in the Alameda Hospital. I saw South Shore go from its original name to Alameda Towne Center to again being renamed South Shore throughout my childhood. I know the town well, I’ve gone to school here, and I can assure you that two nooses found at Chabot Elementary in Oakland should equally terrify parents in Alameda.

Often times, we allow “island pride” to translate to seclusion and negligence in what happens in neighborhoods across our bridges. Chabot Elementary is one of the best schools in Oakland and for there to be a noose threatening the safety of black children and parents, as well as, the safety of all minority families should bring into question what is Alameda Unified School District doing to protect our kids of color and religious minorities. When we ignore creating an environment of inclusion based on authentic engagement in ensuring our children are culturally competent, accepting, and compassionate, we are setting up children to repeat the horrors of American history.

The backlash of renaming Haight Elementary School to Love Elementary School should show that Alameda is not above what happened at Chabot. On the contrary, it should be a warning that we should not wait for something unequivocally hateful to happen to be proactive in ensuring that our schools foster an environment that is culturally responsive and accountable.

Parents, educators, and readers of the Alameda Sun reserved about the idea of talking to their kids about racial equity should remember: if we are not proactively teaching kids about human rights and equality, others will teach our kids the opposite. The conversation is uncomfortable and nobody enjoys talking about race, but there are local organizations, like World Trust Educational Services, with decades of experience and research in addressing implicit bias, creating inclusive businesses and communities, and changing school culture.

Let’s be a lot more like Love Elementary and grow from our state’s “haightful” history.


Jamestown , Town center , South shore , same rodeo.
When Jamestown took over the shopping center much to the delight of the former owners which had done their home work and studies , when the Center was build on decomposing matter , it was the golden era of the shopping center they are no longer a viable business mainly due to the internet which has put out of business countless shopping center across the nation .
As business people , they did mot do their basic homework , the Point was coming in line with it's own shopping center a direct competition to south shore, it does not require a university degree should you add another shopping center on the island as we are an ISLAND your revenue will go down , you bought yourself a lemon .
South shore belong where it come from the landfill it is build on , for the one of us which were around in 1989 you will recall the parking lot which were nothing else but spider web like cracked pavement oozing decomposing matters as well as countless building in the area with cracked foundation , like the former Safeway now Ross .
Now they want to built multi story residential on absolutely the worst structural ground , the City "You and Me" will have to assume the costs since the City would have signed off on the project. assume the costs.
Extreme oversight and vigilance will be required .
as far as Adding more residence , it is a noble idea , can anyone explain how they will get off the island , 10 years ago at rush hours the back up was less than a block now almost all day it is backed up until central Ave , So yes the younger generation will scratch their head and ask which brainless did that . Money did . time to revise housing density before the City become the bay Bridge.
Speaking of density we are building in every corner , are the Emergency services being kept up to date as is the ratio of Police officer Firemen EMT went down it is basic need which will impact negatively the City .

Joel Rambaud