Letters to the Editor
They’re calling this phase of development at Alameda Point "Phase 0," I suppose to refer to the fact that they’ll be doing exactly zero building out there any time soon. My friends who rent space out there tell me the developer is more interested in feel-good events like pumpkin patches than actually paving the streets and making sure the historic buildings don’t fall over.
Then I heard some rumor about an inflatable bouncy house or something getting loose and flying around the pumpkin patch threatening to knock people into the bay.
What does a developer know about running a pumpkin patch anyway? Shouldn’t he be sticking to things like constructing buildings and neighborhoods?
I don’t know, to each his own, I guess. Like my grandfather would say, "every man to his trade." But, pumpkins? Really?
Why didn’t Ron Cowan and his team ask the membership of the Harbor Bay Club what they want? I am a member and I was told the new club would be better. Nobody asked for my opinion.
The number of letters written to Alameda newspapers regarding the future of Harbor Bay Club indicates the sensitivity of this issue for the community. What needs to be remembered is that this issue supersedes the interest of club members and employees.
Any decision will affect not only the entirety of Harbor Bay Isle, but the larger community of Alameda in general. It is sheer nonsense to suggest that adding 80 to 160 new housing units, all with multiple cars and working people, will not impact city traffic.
Any person living in Harbor Bay Isle knows that traffic in the area during commute and school drop-off time is nearly at a standstill. Trading minimal club traffic for traffic generated by 80 to 160 housing units will only make an existing problem even worse.
Furthermore, this is not just a Harbor Bay problem, but a city-wide problem. The overarching issue is people trying to get off/on the island during commute times. Alameda’s ingress/egress capacity via its streets, bridges and tube is already maxed out. No matter how you spin it, putting more commuters on Alameda’s streets will only make traffic worse. The quality of our life in this city will go down.
The proposal by Ron Cowan to build a new club in the business park is obviously a land grab, trading valuable, waterfront property for a windy, noisy, jet-fumed property he doesn’t know what to do with. One could easily conjecture that the club was intentionally allowed to deteriorate over the years as an excuse for tearing it down so that lucrative housing could be built on the property.
People oppose the moving of the club for many reasons, but it is not because they are anti-progress. Everyone would like to see upgrades in Alameda, but not at the expense of the people who already live here.
The people of Alameda spoke loud and clear in the last election: they do not want out-of-control housing development. The island is congested enough already. I urge our elected city officials to act in the best interest of the people of Alameda, not for the promotion of moneyed special interests. That’s what we elected them to do.