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Editor:

I supported Marie Gilmore for mayor four years ago and so it was nice to read a letter to the editor commending her for her service ("Thank you, Mayor Gilmore," Dec. 4). Unfortunately, that letter bashed us a little, claiming that we are a "just say no" community. And ironically, Gilmore was, to a small extent at the Dec. 2 Council meeting, "the mayor of no."

Others have already remarked about how dismissive she was of Councilman Tony Daysog. She also announced an extremely restrictive policy about speakers that night. She would not allow them go over their three minutes at all. There was also an armed, on-duty police officer in the chambers, presumably for security.

Near the very end of the speakers, all of whom had respected the new timing rule, former Vice Mayor Doug deHaan tried to talk for an extra 10 seconds to finish his point, but Gilmore talked over him and shouted him down.

At the same time, the officer stood up and seemed to be making his way towards the podium. Luckily, it did not come to the officer strong-arming a speaker over a few extra seconds. It was rude and unnecessary; this is how I will have to remember Mayor Gilmore.

If 10 percent of the speakers had gone over their time by an average of 10 percent, it would have added just 80 seconds to an eight- hour meeting! Somehow, it became more important to control residents than to listen to them.

Rion Cassidy

Editor:

I would like to extend my sincere thanks on behalf of Rhythmix Cultural Works to everyone who participated in our Nov. 8 fundraising event in support of recent Alameda fire victims.

The outpouring of community support helped raise more than $1,500 from Kathy Moehring’s performance with the Kelly Park trio and the silent auction offering designer handbags, jewelry and other items donated by local businesses and community members.

The evening began with a delicious meal served by Saboor Zafari and unsold bags were donated to the Midway Shelter of Alameda.

Extra big thanks go out to everyone who donated to this effort: Julie VanBuhler, Ginnie Chambre, Kathy Moehring, Irene Kudarauskas, Carol Ginn, Jo-Lynne Lee, Marie Gilmore, Ro Shoo and Cyndy Wasko.

We are also grateful to the following Alameda businesses for their generosity: Whales & Friends, Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, Alameda Ballet Academy, Starbaby Studio, Starland School of Music, Michaan’s Auctions, Alameda Civic Ballet and To Herb with Love.

Tina Blaine Executive Director, Rhythmix Cultural Works

Editor:

Noelle Robbins’s letter ("Concerned about development," Dec. 4) cautions Trish Spencer that she does not have a mandate to halt all development in Alameda. I can assure you that she is very pro-development, but at a measured pace, making sure that the infrastructure and other essential factors are in place. She favors more emphasis on commercial non-retail development and less on residential.

In her letter, Robbins speaks of the great need for affordable housing in the East Bay. I agree. However I am of the opinion that, notwithstanding the availability of a great amount of space at the West End, Alameda should not be providing massive amounts of new housing. We live on an island with very limited access. I think that our population should not be expanded in a substantial way.

Del Monte, Alameda Landing, and Mariner Cove, all either in progress or on the cusp of approval, will add about 750 new homes, while Alameda Point, as proposed, adds 1,425 homes, some of which are already in place. At the city average of 1.65 cars per home this adds 3,600 additional cars, all at the West End, all dependent on the tubes for access. That is not progressive growth.

It may reduce the cost of housing, but only because folks will not want to live here!

Paul S Foreman

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