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"Come on, baby, light my bench." That’s what Jim Morrison, of the Doors, would be singing today. We’ve raised the money to restore the bench in Jackson Park, where Morrison hung out as an Alameda High School student. Now, we want to illuminate the bench once it is repaired.

If you want to light the bench for Jim, go to Indiegogo.com, enter "Alameda" in the box at the top, hit "enter," and click on Morrison’s face. We have until May 5 to raise $1,600. The name of anyone contributing over $500 will be inscribed on a plaque at the bench. Thank you.

Jim Manning, Save the Bench


As a community member of the Restoration Advisory Board, I am concerned about the type of development proposed for Alameda Point and the push for redevelopment elsewhere in the city, I was very impressed by the presentation given by Alameda Partners on their March 28 walk.

Overall, their approach appears well thought out and sensitive to the history of the base. Gone is the push to tear everything down and build cookie cutter homes as happened at Bay Port for example. In fact, the developer has selected several architects, guaranteeing a diversity of buildings.

The intention is to reuse many if not all the existing buildings in this first development phase. I had feared that the Planning Department and the City Council were pushing to tear down most of the structures, as Andrew Thomas had indicated at one of the Council meetings years ago. But the developers have convinced the city to reuse them, thus creating a green development and commemorating the efforts of the citizenry during World War II. This will make the area a combination of new modern bayside living, while giving a feel for the historical context.

The developers have managed to figure out how to build on the contaminated lands very sensitively. The Navy is not intending to clean up the base to unrestricted use, but allows for contamination that could become a health hazard in the future due to changing conditions.

To date this is the best plan offered, and I hope the City Council approves of it and, they’re keeping the plane on the pedestal!

Dale Smith


Thank you, Alameda, for inviting me and my friends to be in your parade. I’ve had my car, the Tinyvette, in parades before and that was fun, but being able to do this with like-minded fools makes it special.

Jesse, who races the boom-box Chevy Luv, is organizing things on our end and he may have been serious when he says we can expect anywhere from five to 200 LeMons (probably just five to 10, but we have gotten more than 200 cars out for races) to join us.

I hear the Faster Farms (my favorite) chicken car will be there, and also CrazyMike’s VW Scrubby, the Overzet LeMonslimo (hopefully in full, glorious, Titanic costume), Sparky Pete’s Killer MG Bee Zombee, the Panting Polar Bear’s Race Rambler, a new-to-LeMons Brinklin, Philipp’s diesel-powered Porsche Nein-11 and other LeMons classics from northern California.

Evil John simply has to bring Balto, the snowmobile-powered Miata and Dave needs to haul over the Sierras to get his Model T GT here.

I’m sure the Easy 908 will make it, and the Bernal Dad’s wagon, and Bruce is sure to bring his Duck Die-Nasty MR2 over from San Rafael for this. We’re still hoping the Homer (a southern California car) can make it but it’s a long drive and they took a bit of damage at the Sonoma race last month.

Someone needs to track down the Harley-powered Prius and bring it. So obscene, you just have to love it. I understand it sold recently. Yes, someone other than Spank thought it was a great idea.

If SpeedyCop wasn’t on the East Coast you know he’d bring his Toyota "Cessna," but Jay has SpeedCop’s UDC (upside-down Camaro) stored at Sears Point so it should be able to join us.

Judge Phil will even be flying out from Colorado for this. It must be nice to be a fancy-pants Car & Driver writer with a travel budget. Anyway, I am sure it will be a hooptie fun parade. I can’t imagine a parade like this taking place in Davis, where I live.

Mike Meier