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A lot of people have been piling on about the bike lane on Shore Line Drive. I live on Shore Line and was a proponent during the early discussion days and even after construction was complete. I also own three bikes and riding up Shore Line prior to the bike lanes was a death-defying experience. Now, I feel totally safe riding my bike on the new lanes.

That said, I drive my car to work and back and use the road significantly more than the bike lanes. Driving is now a death-defying experience. The lanes are narrow, people are pulling out of driveways, parking spots, and there are cross streets with blind spots. I have had two near misses.

Yesterday when pulling onto Shore Line from Grand Street, a driver totally missed the stop sign and nearly T-boned me. Very scary, and fortunately my reflexes were quick and I avoided a very nasty accident/injury. When I do use Shore Line (which I now avoid at all costs), I am forced to drive 15 mph.

In summary, I like the idea of bike lanes, but the design has made this once pleasurable and scenic drive a traffic nightmare.

S.D. Fenton

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter sent to the mayor, city council and various officials with the city of Alameda.


Dear honorable powers that be of my City of Alameda:

I am writing on behalf of myself and those who have commented to me that, since In-N-Out Burger on Willie Stargell Avenue cranked up its cooking facilities. Coming into Alameda out of the Webster Tube, one is overwhelmed by the stench of grease (instead of the scent of jasmine).

We’d like to know who approved the permit of this stink factory. Do those who issued the permit live next door to the In-N-Out Burger?

More importantly, we’d like to know if the city has the ways and means to get rid of the stench.

Do the homeowners next door or across the roads out of the Webster and into the Posey tubes have any property rights?

Is there a rule, regulation, ordinance or law that can be used to eliminate this horrific destruction of the quality of Alameda life caused by the repulsive smells blowing out of the In-N-Out Burger on Willie Stargell Avenue (regardless of the direction of the wind)?

Thank you for your anticipated courtesy and cooperation in promptly addressing this burning malodorous issue.

CJ Kingsley


I’m on my way to a little town in Mendocino County called Boonville. I have been going up there for long weekends for seven years. This trip will be different than the rest. This time I won’t be coming back on Sunday. I will be staying. That is now my permanent home.

I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye to so many of you who have been so kind to me and supported me in the many issues that have arisen since I first arrived here in 1957.

I am eagerly looking forward to my new life in the Anderson Valley. My prime interest has always been in the lives of our young people. That will continue as a substitute in the classroom and as a member of the school board (I hope). I won’t have a swimming pool to fill the other part of my life, but I am building an art studio in which to pursue my new interest in water color and acrylic painting.

I will miss all of you and I will be forever grateful for my life in Alameda and the parts you have played in it. My love to you all.

Ashley “Ash” Jones