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Editor:

Many residents and Bay Farm Safeway employees are very concerned. If the Lucky parent company purchase of Safeway is approved by government regulators, the Safeway in the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center might be one of those “closed-for-redundancy.” They’ve been threatening for years to close the only Lucky food store here “if performance doesn’t improve.”

Not only would our choices shrink with fewer brands being offered at whatever the Safeway/Vons stores might possibly be renamed, but reportedly gone would be their Open Nature “natural” food line and more, replaced with Lucky/Albertson’s less desirable and reportedly lower-quality in-house brands.

I noticed that the Bay Farm Safeway’s produce area was recently drastically altered with far fewer choices. We’ve heard from their Pleasanton headquarters that the Bay Farm Safeway would possibly be closed if sales don’t improve, even with some alterations.  

If that bothers you, please let your elected officials know you don’t want this buyout merger that could lead to feared heightened prices with less Bay Area competition. Fewer brands and stores mean higher prices, less choice for consumers.
 

— Mike Lano

Editor:

The last paragraph in the draft impact report on the Del Monte project claims that the project will have no parking impact on adjacent neighborhoods. They propose to designate on street parking spaces within the 
project. 

This would only be true if they provide spaces for the actual number of cars expected instead of some mythical number such as one or one point seven five cars per unit. High density or low income does not reduce the number of cars per unit. 

The Housing Authority’s Esperanza project for the low, low income families provides for two spaces per unit. The tenants once petitioned to get three. 

The second-to-last paragraph claims good emergency vehicle access. The access points on Clement Avenue are not clearly defined. The project will not provide a roadway east of the entrance road to Clement Avenue. The minimum width for emergency access is 20 feet. Parking on internal streets could eliminate a 20-foot width.

The plans also show a strong traffic connection on Eagle Avenue across Sherman Street directly into a quiet R2 neighborhood. As residents here, we need parking stickers.
 

— Barbara Kerr

Editor:

As a Bay Farm Island resident I applaud the Citizens’ League for Airport Safety and Serenity (CLASS) group for directly lobbying the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to keep flight paths out of Oakland Airport in line with residential need (“Neighbors Decry FAA Proposal,” May 22). 

I would recommend that they, and all residents of Bay Farm, also let your thoughts be known to Representative Barbara Lee who can directly impact the FAA in Washington.

Alameda is a very livable community. Late-night and early-morning jets regularly routed over people’s houses will change things for the worse.  It seems far easier and more beneficial to the public to keep “business as usual.”
 

— Geoff Dalander

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