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Editor:

This past week, San Francisco hit a record high for median rent prices. For my generation of young professionals, making ends meet is an ever-increasing challenge in an era when wages haven’t even come close to matching the rising cost of living.

As our group of young Americans graduates, launches careers and begins to build our lives, it doesn’t take a research study to tell you that it is becoming harder every day to make ends meet.

I grew up in the East Bay, and I’m proud to call Alameda home. One of the benefits of our unique corner of the region is a lower cost of living than San Francisco, but that is changing fast.

With more and more San Franciscans moving east to our sunny side of the bay and jobs moving along with them, we need more housing in Alameda and beyond to accommodate this growing population and workforce. In comparison to our neighbors to the north and east, rent is rising at an unsustainable level partly due to an ever increasing demand for property and a static supply.

It’s a more competitive housing market than perhaps we’ve ever seen, but more housing is on the horizon on our island. That’s why I’m excited about development plans for Site A at Alameda Point.

Plans will bring 800 residential units to the market, with one-third of them for sale and two-thirds for rent. Some 200 of these units will go on the market at affordable rates. There will be no displacement of the community in the Main Street neighborhood.

As a resident and regular patron of Alameda’s West End, I’m excited for the future development and where we’re headed. I think the plans for Site A deserve final approval by the City Council on June 16.

Annie Tegner

Editor:

I’m a young professional who lives in San Francisco and owns a business here in Alameda. I spend a lot of time commuting across the bay, tracing the paths followed by so many generations of Bay Area residents. If there were an easier way to cross the bay, I would use it. I’m always looking to the future and recently began planning to move to Alameda to make my commute that much shorter.

I’ve been reading about plans for Alameda Point. One positive thing that has stands out is the new housing. There has been a lot written, and said, about the prospect of new housing on the island. The reality is that Alameda needs more residential properties for its current residents and those of us who would move here, if there were more available and affordable units. The plans for Alameda Point center on the addition of hundreds of new residential units desperately needed in the Island City.

Across the nation, people are keeping their cars at home and using transit and other greener modes of transportation when it makes sense to do so. I would love to be able to walk or bike to work, and if plans go through for Alameda Point, I will move there and buy a home in one of the new properties where I could someday raise a family.

I am excited about the prospect of the project’s new ferry terminal and the comprehensive new transit plan envisioned for Site A that will truly allow our community to plan for future growth and transit habits in and around Alameda.

Site A presents an opportunity to create a transit-oriented culture that promotes job growth by supporting our island’s businesses and their workforce and is in line with the direction we are already headed as a community in embracing more green and sustainable lifestyles. I urge the City Council to vote "yes" on Site A on June 16.

Chris Granger

Editor:

The Midway Shelter for abused women and their children would like to thank the generous people who donated to the shelter during the month of May. A number of the listed donors contributed several times last month. Two donors chose to remain anonymous.

The shelter would especially like to thank nine-year-old Acton Mingo-Uric who donated the money he made selling his artwork. The shelter couldn’t survive without generous people like Mel and Diane Nutter, Lois Pryor, Betty Sanderson and Christine Buck.

The folks at Brocade Communications System, Inc. sent a donation, as did the members of the First Congregational Church (UCC), Isle City Institute #51 YLI, 687Mcallister, LLC, dba the Swell Bar and the Interfaith Circle.

Virginia Retile and Karen Kokum sent donations, as did Jane Watson, Paula Patella-Dupree, Lou Toper and Kathy Puget. The women and children at the shelter would like to thank Portia Mack, Noel and Regina Oanzarino-Dimig. Frederica Kapp gave generously, as did Isadora Alman, MFT; Dianne Richmond; and Beverly Church. Cathy Folsom donated to honor Flory Tilos.

If you’d like to see your name among the generous June donors, send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org

Ginny Krutilek

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