Letters to the Editor
The Midway Shelter for abused women and children would like to thank the generous people who donated to the shelter in January. A number of the listed donors contributed several times. Three donors chose to remain anonymous.
The shelter would like to thank Girl Scout Troop #31402 and its leader Katherine Legg; members of the First Congregational Church UCC, the Home of Truth Spiritual Center and the First Presbyterian Church of Alameda all sent the shelter money in January. The Alameda Welfare Council also donated to the shelter last month.
The shelter couldn’t go on without the generosity of people like Diana Schmidt, Ted and Rabbitcarole Brassmassery, Caroline Queener and John Platt and David Graber. Christine Buck, Marliz Beland and Betty Sanderson each sent in a donation, as did Ann Casper and Mark Irons. Virginia Krutilek donated in January. She was joined by Virginia and David Miller and Jeanne Egbert.
Generous couples like Kathryn Sue Munn and Charles Hodgkins; Leslie and Kerry Kurasaki; Patty and Tom Olson; Beth Strachan and Dan Neuschafer all donated to the shelter in January.
Marion E. Yeaw sent a donation, as did Christine Orozco, Lee Anne and Michael Baker and Garrienne Nakano. Lenore and Alvaro Garcia donated in memory of Hal Wondolleck. Tom and Luzanne Engh gave to the shelter in memory of Mary Sucio.
Joanne Robinson sent the shelter a donation, as did Lois Pryor, Catherine Atcheson, Barbara Anderson, Louis Rembrandt and Christina Orozco.
If you’d like to see your name listed among the generous February 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.
I want to express my thanks to everyone who helped me make the 2016 calendar a success. Our volunteer team at “Sunsets to Go” created, produced and sold enough calendars to write checks for more than $300 benefiting, locally and globally worthy causes. This provides me, a traumatic brain injury survivor, a sense of purpose!
Kudos go out to many, too many to list. Those who made this happen with me must be recognized, however. Our sixth calendar sales, fundraising campaign, benefitted worthy causes, locally, nationally and globally!
First of all, Andy, my husband and partner worked with me to sponsor the project without profit. Yes we are crazy — calendar making is labor intensive. Next to Andy stands Alex Escoto at Alameda Printing Services as the next vital contributor. The calendars would not have been made without his commitment to excellence.
I also want to thank Betty Young, my friend and contributing photographer, who sold them to raise funds for her own worthy cause. The Alameda Sun, the hometown newspaper, has been supportive of our six productions over 10 years. Donna, my sister-in-law, buys them every year for her family as holiday gifts.
And just as vital as these folks are the staff members at Marti’s Place and Kim’s Nails, two of my favorite businesses in Alameda, who distributed calendars to support me, the project manager.
What a campaign! Thank you and to all those who supporting, through buying the calendars! From the moment my first sunset photographs were printed, I knew they would someday by showcased in calendars. They are gifts that keep giving, lasting all year. What an investment, the best gift ever.
The Complete Streets projects, done on Shore Line Drive and pending on Central Avenue, and funded by Measure BB tax dollars, have been passionately touted by proponents as “safer streets for all.” But they are not safer for those drivers and passengers who need to use mobility aids once they get out of their cars.
Everyone is familiar with the blue paint marking a parking space as ADA accessible. But it isn’t paint that makes a parking space accessible. It’s the width. Wherever a parking space is or could be 8-foot-wide, it is an accessible space. Narrow that width to 7 feet, and the space is no longer accessible. Before becoming a Complete Street, all of the Shore Line on-street parking was, and almost all of the current Central Avenue parking is accessible to disabled users, whether it has blue paint or not.
Now that the entire on-street parking strip along Shore Line has been narrowed to 7 feet, none of the on-street parking is accessible. The same change from 8 to 7 feet wide is proposed for long stretches of the proposed Central project. The future plans for streets at Alameda Point also show 7-foot-wide, on-street parking.
A recent  Ninth Circuit court decision, Fortyune v City of Lomita, clearly gave direction that, even in the absence of standards, cities must provide on-street disabled parking. http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2014/09/05/12-56280.pdf
Although City of Lomita further appealed to the US Supreme Court, its petition for certoriari was denied in 2015: www.supreme court.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docketfiles/14-920.htm.
“Complete Street” designs must not exclude a significant segment of the population. Disabled drivers and passengers must have access to parking spaces which are wide enough to allow exit from vehicles with deployment of mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, et al. that permit them to safely function as pedestrians.
These accessible spaces cannot be sequestered at one end of a street and then be alleged to provide reasonable access to all facilities along the street. Certainly a city cannot be allowed to redesign a street, which had such wide-ranging accessibility before, to a new design which both eliminates this accessibility and forecloses any future possibility of accessible spaces when federal or state standards are eventually developed. Complete Streets must be safe for all users. See www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20141004/lomita-appeals-