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In his recent commentary, (“Landlords Must Think Before They Act,” Dec. 3) Don Lindsey mentions that Jeff Cambra “spearheaded an effort to resolve disputes between more than a dozen residents and the owner at 2019 Shore Line Drive.”
For those who don’t know, approximately 15 residents at 2019 Shore Line Drive received notices of 50 percent rent increases in October. Those complaints were to be heard at the Rent Review Advisory Commission (RRAC) in November but were taken off the agenda because the owner and tenants were in mediation. It was weeks later before it was known the mediator was Cambra.
Lindsay claims it was successful, which is odd. Why is this odd? Because just this week, claiming confidentiality on behalf of the tenants, Cambra refused to make himself available to the RRAC to report on the outcome of mediation at 2019 Shore Line. Why does Lindsey know the outcome but the outcome can not be disclosed to the RRAC?
If Lindsey wants the RRAC to be successful, why is he endorsing the use of an outside mediator who then claims the outcome can not be disclosed to the RRAC? This makes no sense. How are we to trust either of these two men when they double-deal like this? This is exactly why Cambra was excluded from mediating with the 470 Central Ave. residents.


John Klein

Remember summer camp when you were a kid? Swimming, sailing, camping? Outdoor fun? And in touch with the environment?
In our expensive urban world, it’s hard to find that experience at an affordable price. That’s why we started Alameda Community Sailing Center in 2013. It’s a non-profit dedicated to helping people get in touch with environmentally friendly ways to enjoy San Francisco Bay. 
In 2015, our third year, more than 150 kids who learned to sail through our program. We paid for 36 of those young people who would not have been able to afford it with more than $20,000 in scholarships. 
Those kids were beneficiaries of a few people and organizations that partially underwrote the cost of those scholarships. For 2016 we would like to raise $26,000 and give 10 more scholarships.
We need your readers’ help to do that. I would like to invite them to visit www.SailAlameda.org, scroll down to “Doug’s Holiday Campaign 2015” and make a donation. They will help more kids learn about a healthy activity they can enjoy for their entire lives.
Thanks and happy holidays.


Doug Perry

A big thank you to our City Councilmembers on Tuesday, Dec. 1, when they sent the plan to install nine shipping containers that would masquerade as office buildings at Blanding Avenue and Park Street back to the Planning Department for further review. 
Hopefully this will be the end of a bad idea. The Council listened to the public and acted upon their wishes; a classic of how government is supposed to work. Thank you again, City Council.
As an aside; Andrew Thomas’ boss should point out to him that his paycheck comes from the taxpayers of Alameda. As such his loyalties should be to those taxpayers and not to developers with cockamamie schemes. 
He sounded like a slick suede shoe artist when he presented the shipping container plan to the Council. Bah, humbug!


Dave Case