Letters to the Editor
The Alameda Sun received of copy of this addressed to City Clerk Lara Weisiger.
I live one block from the Del Monte warehouse. During the past couple of weeks our neighborhood has become inundated with tractor-trailer trucks.
The 1,000-foot-long Del Monte building is now surrounded on all sides with shipping containers, delivered to the sight by these trucks. I have heard from neighbors who have spoken with management at the site that the building is now being used by DAMCO, which it leased from owner Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) as a distribution center for merchandise for Walmart.
The noise, congestion and pollution that this massive operation involves is way out of scale for our quiet residential neighborhood. There are children living in homes literally fifty feet from the Del Monte building. The streets in this neighborhood were not designed to be used by such large trucks. They can’t make the tight turns required, and accidents are bound to happen.
I have called the City Code Enforcement office and the police depart to alert them to this hazardous situation and have been told that the Del Monte warehouse is zoned for commercial use so this situation is perfectly legal.
This property was recently approved for rezoning by the City Council to Mixed Use (Residential and small commercial, NOT Industrial). It seems ironic that a city that maintains such a hardline for private residential permitting and code enforcement policies, would allow a huge corporation to engineer an operation of this magnitude in a residential area.
My neighbors and I would appreciate it very much if the City would enforce codes and regulations for the common good of its citizens rather than to fill its coffers. It also doesn’t bode well that the future developer of the Del Monte property seems to have such little regard for our community.
A veteran wrote a letter in last week’s paper lamenting the dearth of citizens at a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the USS Hornet ("Just another day off," Nov. 13). The San Francisco Chronicle reported a disappointingly small attendance at the city’s annual Veterans Day parade last week.
These concerns have been raised for years and it seems a shame that the sacrifices made by our soldiers are treated in such a cavalier manner. About the only consistent attendees at these honoring events are the politicians and veterans themselves, providing colorful photo ops.
I have often wondered why Veterans Day would not be more meaningful if it became our national voting day. What better way to honor those who fought and died for our freedom to vote in a free and open expression of democracy.
There might be objections from various commercial establishments. The ceremonial events would be diminished but considering the disastrous lack of participation of our citizens in this past election it might provide a more valuable way of honoring our veterans. I voted.
The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to
Victoria Johnson, Director of Housing and Community Development at the Alameda Housing Authority and to Anne Phillips Architects, the firm designing the housing at the old
Island High School site at Eagle
Avenue and Everett Street.
Dear Ms. Johnson:
I have been a homeowner in the "Wedge" neighborhood, bordered by Tilden Way, Park Street and the Oakland Estuary, for more than 30 years. In order for the former Island High site to be a welcome addition, the following conditions must be implemented.
The most important consideration is low density: no more than 16 units on the 0.83 acre of land. Consider senior housing and keep the local school boundaries the same so our children are not forced to travel across town.
Traffic now is congested. Fewer people mean less noise and gas emissions.
Provide open space: a green park setting which is necessary for relaxation and enjoyment.
Offer affordable Income levels: inclusion of diversity fosters understanding and community.
Offer several units for purchase to instill pride of ownership.
Offer adequate parking for Residents and Visitors — One space per unit of 1.25 is too few. Street parking now is difficult.
Follow the Design Review Manual: Create a pleasing design fitting in with our historical homes, including proper setbacks and a two-story height limit.
Establish a green building sustainable design.
Use shielded lighting.
Responsible management of the completed project insures confidence for all stakeholders. Carefully consider all these points as this is where we live and we wish to welcome our new neighbors.