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Editor:

We live in and own a home on Encinal Avenue near Union Street. We were just informed that the owners of the home at 1207 Union St. are planning to add 1,600 square feet to the property and convert the single-family dwelling into a duplex.

My understanding of Measure A is that this is against city rules, so I am writing to encourage the city to not allow an exception at this time. There are several reasons the conversion of this house would create a hardship for our family.

First of all, the addition does not include necessary parking. Parking in the neighborhood is already at a minimum. Secondly, multi-unit residences impact property value for neighbors. We recently purchased our home and a multi-unit dwelling in our backyard would have impacted our decision.

Third, a large 1,600 square-foot addition will further reduce our backyard privacy and block light to the side of our house.

Measure A was designed to reduce multi-unit rentals. This goes against Measure A. If the owners do not intend to live in the units and are purchasing 1207 Union St. solely as an income property, it is done so at the expense of Alameda residents.

Chris and Amy Dunn

Editor:

As this is the season to be thankful, I wish to give special thanks to our wonderful Alameda Fire Department’s 911 emergency response teams.

My husband had several occasions this past year to use these great teams. The latest included several times in November. The teams were always so thoughtful to both of us.

My husband has heart trouble among other problems, and I am legally blind. They took care of my needs/wants to accompany my husband to the hospital.

This, in my opinion, was going above and beyond their duty, how wonderful is that?

Pat Davis

Editor:

The Humane Society of Alameda is so grateful to the supporters who renewed their memberships, sent in donations or included the Humane Society of Alameda in their bequests or wills. We could not help our beloved animals without their wonderful love and support.

With the financial support of our members and donors we are able to continue our programs providing a free vaccination and microchip clinic, assisting families with financial support. This support allows them to spay and neuter their animals, implant microchips for all animals, request medical assistance for animals and provide financial assistance for the animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter when requested. Our other programs keep our beloved animals healthy and safe, and help get them adopted from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

The Humane Society of Alameda was fortunate to receive a bequest that provided funding for a new program offering animal adoptions "free" to veterans of the armed services to adopt an animal from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

We are also very proud to offer this new program along with our existing program offering "free" animal adoptions to senior citizens, living in Alameda on limited incomes, to adopt an animal from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Your membership and/or donations are gratefully received. They can be sent by mail to Humane Society of Alameda, P.O. Box 1571, Alameda, CA 94501 or at www.hsalameda.org.

Holly Schmalenberger-Haugen

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