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I would like to join those who saluted Councilmember Jim Oddie for being the sole “no” vote in Alameda’s City Council hearing of a potential lease by Nautilus Inc., a California technology firm that already operates in Stockton. Nautilus is seeking permission to use bay water to cool their planned data center that continuously builds up heat in its 24/7 operation.

Oddie said he was concerned Alameda would simply be taking Nautilus’ word that they were regularly monitoring the temperature of said water dumped right back into our portion of the bay. The pipe lies right underneath the haulout topped with some 40 seals who could all be harmed. In addition the heat could promote algae growth where it’s not wanted. 

Oddie said the released, regurgitated water would be at least 4 degrees hotter than the surrounding water and could possibly negatively impact the seals and other ocean wildlife, which are already taking hits from global warming and climate change. If the water cooled down Nautilus’ equipment’s high temperatures, four degrees sounds conservative. Nautilus CEO Jim Conniton claimed the released water would only be one tenth of a degree hotter, but admitted his “equipment’s servers produce massively high temps.” Besides the four other Councilmembers, state regulators were said to have okayed the Nautilus plan as well.

Is Alameda simply to trust Nautilus and possibly state regulators to constantly monitor not just the potential high temps but also collateral possible damage and heightened negative, toxic algae growth? Because again, the used and discharged ocean water would be released right under the seals’ barge. After the hearing some residents asked for more discovery and investigation into all areas of this proposal.  

We’re already having a problem with everything starving and dying from whales to starfish, anemones and more. 


Mike Lano

Thank you for printing the picture of my husband and me with the Alameda Sun at Manzanar National Historic Site (Alamedan Returns to Historic Site,” May 16). Unfortunately, your editing used old terminology of “internment” in the photo caption. 

Words matter, especially when talking about the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. It’s time to retire old euphemisms used by our government to make palatable the unjust removal of people from their homes, businesses, neighborhoods and schools. 

Placed in remote camps with tar-paper barracks, communal bathrooms and mess halls, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, 120,000 people of Japanese descent lived in American concentration camps. They were imprisoned because of their ethnicity. 

In the words of Redress Shero Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, “words can lie or clarify.” When we use language that distorts the past, we lose our ability to recognize patterns of repeating history. But words that impart truth and understanding can help us avoid repeating those same mistakes today.

Visit https://densho.org/time-to-retire-euphemisms-for-japanese-american-incar... for further information.


Susanne Norton La Faver

I am grateful to have such great neighbors. My old, red motorcycle broke down on my way home and several people stopped and offered assistance. One couple (she is also a motorcyclist) tried to jump start my bike. Two gentlemen pushed my bike part of the way home. 

Thanks to all!


Margie Siegal