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Editor:

On Thursday, May 14, the Mastick Senior Center hosted its 28th Annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show and Spring Luncheon. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward funding facility improvements and maintenance. The money will also help pay for special events, presentations, workshops classroom supplies and computer equipment.

The event was an enjoyable experience for all who attended. Our sincere appreciation goes to our awesome Mastick volunteers, dynamic models, friendly and dependable Alameda Rotary Club members and the generous restaurants and merchants in our community.

We would like to express our appreciation to 1400 Bar & Grill, Acapulco and C’era Una Volta. The fundraiser would not have been a success without help from restaurants like Buttercup Grill & Bar, China Village and Dragon Rouge. We will be able to pay for all the necessities at Mastick thanks to restaurants like Habanas, High Street Station Café, Island City Café, Jim’s Homestyle Diner and Marti’s Place. Otaez Mexican Restaurant also pitched in, as did Pasta Pelican, Speisekammer and West End Crepe.

Local merchants who helped with the fundraiser included Alameda Beauty Center, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Pagano’s, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, Sumbody, Total Woman Gym & Spa and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the restaurants and merchants. We also extend our appreciation to the entire community for its support in helping make the fashion show and luncheon a huge success.

Bill Soares, Fashion Show Chair, Mastick Senior Center.

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

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