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To whom it may concern:
I oppose the farmers’ market move to Webster for Saturdays.

My business gets most of its walk-in business on Saturdays.  My clientele are not farmers’ market folks; farmers’ market folks do not shop at my business. Further, the closing of Webster for this very narrowly-focused event would make it more difficult for my customers to come to my shop.

As a long-time merchant on Webster, I do not concur whatsover with the contention that the Farmers’ Market benefits local shops, nor significantly creates “a sense of pride to a district,” as well as the other puffs employed in the survey cover letter.

This move would negatively impact my business. Not to mention Webster is a state highway [CA-61] and the farmers’ market would adversely affect the significant flow of traffic on the West End of Alameda.

Kindly confirm receipt of this email and my input opposing the move of the farmers’ market to Webster Street on Saturdays.  


Vic Zoschak Tavistock Books

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.


We are a country less united every day. Donald Trump. Congress. Daytime TV. Fox “News”. Like children in a sandbox fighting over the plastic shovel, we are a nation divided.

And now in Alameda, too.

To members of the Alameda Renter’s Coalition (ARC), especially to Monty Heying (“Petitioning for Ballot Initiative,” May 12) who calls collecting ballot signatures a “sacred duty” and implies that landlords are oppressors of the downtrodden, stop hating.
Stop trying to divide this city with your “Us vs. Them” blogs, letters, pamphlets and media outreach. Stop painting landlords as greedy and self-serving.

Stop feeding your solutions to me. I can study. Stop scaring me with your inflammatory language. I can adapt to change. Stop hating the landlords in this town. I know many and all are lovely people.

Yes, some people have traumatically lost the place they call home. Yes, it is expensive to live in the most beautiful place on Earth. But we can address the housing shortage without pointing fingers and leaving ugly bread crumbs on our streets after this is resolved.

And we will resolve it. Just like the library. Just like the cinema. Just like the footbridge. And just like the bike lanes.

But the resolution to the housing crisis requires gathering facts, not emotions. Rather than listen to others, I did my own research and found that rent control is a bust for cities. It doesn’t work. They can’t afford it, nor can we. (You can start here: www.economist.com)

So, what will work? Level-headed discussion, research and problem-solving.

But, that would require ARC to quit maligning fellow Alamedans, stop petitioning for a ballot measure that robs Peter to pay Paul, and come to the table with stakeholders to creatively find a solution. Can this be achieved?

Yes, of course. We are smart and capable, supportive and loving. We are Alamedans.

Sara Wallace

Many thanks to Councilmember Jim Oddie and the city of Alameda for the recent installment of flashing warning lights at the crosswalk on Mecartney Road leading to Leydecker Park.

As a driver, I know pedestrians and cyclists are difficult to see particularly at night.

As a pedestrian, I know many cars drive faster than they should, and they don’t always realize the car ahead of them is slowing because they see a pedestrian. Given the increasing number of motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians sharing our city streets, any effort to improve safety is much appreciated.

Dawn Banasiak