Letters to the Editor
This is in response to last week’s editorial on the Crown Memorial Beach graffiti (“The Story You Won’t See This Week,” Jan 21). I have not seen what was done to the pavilion but I’d like to give my suggestion. The company my husband works for is located in Oakland and for years their company walls have been victim to vandals and their tags.
Their office practically looked like a forgotten junked building from the outside. The Oakland Police Department holds the business owners responsible for keeping their walls clean and vandal free.
They would repaint, only to go through the same thing with the vandalism again and again. After years, they finally found the right solution in putting a mural on their company walls. This is a sure way to keep vandals out. Ever since the murals were done, the vandalism stopped.
If there is a group trying to repaint Crown Memorial Beach at their own expense, I suggest putting a mural as this will keep the vandals away. They respect the work done by the muralists.
The front page of the Jan. 22 Alameda Sun caught my attention: “Marina Paves Way”; “Retailer Relocates”; “Demolition Will Erase”; “Planning Board Considers Major Projects.” My attention was drawn in a big way.
I arrived in Alameda in 1985, a pretty much unchanging blue-collar town. I watched the Navy jets on final as they prepared to land. Sat in the South Shore movie theater with buckets collecting the rain water and attended a large number of Mrs. Stone’s dance recitals. Learned to say “Ver-sails;” all that stuff.
So, I have lived here for a while. Many have lived here, much longer with personal remembrances far beyond mind. As a San Francisco native, I recall my next-door neighbor telling stories of swimming at Neptune Beach.
I am over 70 years old and have a reluctance in older age concerning the instability of the future. But the future is as inevitable as snails in the springtime. It seems there is a lot going on in Alameda. As well as that front-page news, there’s all that stuff about to get started, including the Navy base and the old Del Monte warehouse. A lot going on.
Many of these projects tout their humano-friendly benefits — bicycle stuff (how many bike shops are needed in Alameda? And live work: What’s the real cost here?) The kids are running the show and no one knows where it is going.
Let’s get back to what I care about. It’s pretty boring stuff: the availability of reasonable parking, the ability to get on and off the Island during off hours in a reasonable time, that’s about it. In 20 years, have at it.
I do enjoy the rest of the “stuff” the Island City offers and am interested to see what you are brewing up. But you know, I can live without it.
I am concerned with this development planning (“On Alameda Marina Development,” Jan. 21). I’ve been a longtime business tenant at Alameda Marina running a successful Aikido martial art school on Clement Avenue since 2002. The school was established in Alameda in 1991.
We’ve been providing lessons to plenty of children of Alameda parents for many years. The school helps children develop mentally and physically, cultivating certain values and self worth therein augments their growth which I feel this country strongly need more of. The school also has an adults program, combining a total of 80 students.
I have members who have trained in the school for more than five and 10 years. The space is perfect for our class needs. In addition, I plan to add an affordable child daycare service at the facility during the day in the future.
Certainly, I do not oppose developing certain things, however, if we get kicked out because of this development, my members will lose this valuable space to train themselves in becoming better human beings which is the essence of Aikido.
I understand there are other commercial spaces in Alameda. However, I will face new challenges finding a new location. For one, there’s not that many affordable commercial spaces. We are non-profit, our membership fees pay for the rent. We cannot afford the exorbitant rent that Realtors or property management are asking for their space.
We need the community and supporters of Alameda Aikikai to help save the school.