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Editor:

The Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) advertised on page 11 of last week’s Alameda Sun. The ad solicited applications for the Measure I Bond Oversight Committee. This offers an excellent opportunity for community members to join the group that will review how these funds are spent.

In November 2014, 62.75 percent of Alameda voters approved the Measure I Facilities Bond, but many voters were unsure about where the money would go. AUSD had a plan in place for half the funds to upgrade elementary and middle school facilities, but the high schools’ plan has yet to be decided.

We have put a lot of trust in the AUSD board to make the right decisions. It’s crucial to have a well-qualified oversight committee to ensure good governance and transparency as these decisions are being made.

AUSD asks applicants to visit www.alameda.k12.ca.us and click on the Measure I link for more information. Applications for the Oversight Committee must be received at the AUSD Superintendent’s Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

On Thursday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., Alameda residents can hear AUSD Board President Barbara Kahn and Superintendent Sean McPhetridge speak at a League of Women Voters of Alameda public forum on “New Directions for Alameda’s Schools” Room 605 (The “Junior Jet Hanger”) at Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. 

The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session in which you can ask the $179.5 million questions: 

How will decisions be made about Measure I funds? Who will make them?

— Ruth Dixon-Mueller

Editor:

Hooray for Michael Cosentino’s letter (“America is about automobiles,” May 7). I could not agree more, but let’s not stop there. 

Let’s make it illegal to take transit, bike or walk in Alameda. Get those wackos behind the wheel where they belong. Sure, this might increase traffic congestion, air pollution, global warming, oil imports, car crashes, obesity and parking problems, but think of the boon for our auto repair shops and gas stations.

Also, parking problems on Shore Line Drive could easily be solved by paving over the beach. What a waste of space!

— Jerry Robbins

Editor:

In response to the article regarding how the city is cutting water use, (“Water Use in Alameda,” April 23) if we are short on water, why are we putting more people here?

How much harder must Alameda residents and businesses cut their water consumption in order to accommodate water needs for the new residences (and businesses) that are just now coming or will come “on line” in the future?

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District’s (and the state of California’s) new rules are to cut consumption for “the region.”

New residences and new businesses will consume more water than the zero gallons that they currently consume.

Some cities are halting their new developments because the infrastructure needs for existing residences and businesses are insufficient.

There is no new water supply for new developments.

The water needs for new developments must come out of the supply allocations that are currently consumed by existing residents and businesses.

The city of Alameda will be needlessly (or intentionally?) harming its existing residents and businesses if they must make more cuts to their own water consumption in order to provide water for new residences and businesses.

Due to the water crisis, the city of Alameda must address water allocations for all the new residences and businesses that the city is authorizing.

— James H. Strehlow

Editor’s note: The city’s official statement answering this concern appears in the related story "Good to the Last Drop" in front page news.

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