Letters to the Editor
Thought your readers may want to know, after 37 years John and Linda Costello, owners of McGee’s Bar & Grill, are retiring and selling the business to long-time manager Tim Goodman. The deal was made on a handshake more than 20 years ago when Tim first went to work for John. Tim takes over this Friday.
I feel there are so many things to be written about here, but one in particular is the fact that John honored his word to sell Tim the business. This is nice to hear today given there is so much lack of honorability and integrity.
I believe that a promise is a promise and should be kept. I think when you sign a written agreement, you are legally and morally bound by that agreement. When a broken promise or agreement involves thousands of residents in a community that would be adversely affected, in many different ways, it’s a thousand times more serious.
When you persist and fight against opposition for the right to break your agreement, it’s beyond the pale.
The Harbor Bay Club should stay right where it is, and preferably under new ownership. The current owner, I’m guessing, never planned to keep it, or his promise, which would explain the deferred maintenance.
It’s an easy fix for a beautiful health club that is oh, so perfectly located — as promised — in the middle of a neighborhood full of happy members.
I think if our city government is in proper working order, the owner will be held to the agreement and promise made and Alameda’s citizenry well and truly served. Thank you.
The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.
Mr. La Force:
Your intemperate letter to the City Council ("Invitation to sue," July 17) requires a reply.
Along with the supporters of the initiative, you imply that Measure WW was all about Neptune Cove. There were 67 projects in that measure: For Alameda, one to expand and restore Crown Beach, protect the shoreline, replace the interpretive center, and acquire excess federal property if it becomes available; and another for Bay Trail and shoreline restoration on Alameda Point.
This is not the only distortion supporters of the Crab Cove initiative have made. One of the signature gatherers approached me on two or three occasions claiming that Tim Lewis planned to build 100 units on the property. The number was 48.
I voted for the Measure WW, more for the Bay Trail than the beach, but also for the regional parks in other parts of the Bay Area.
Much of the support for the initiative is more opposition to housing than support of open space. I have heard several discussions dissolve into the usual rants about more houses and more traffic.
Alameda does need housing, especially for people of moderate income. Crab Cove would benefit from a larger parking lot on warm summer Sundays. There is much local sentiment for both housing and parks. There is even some recognition that preventing residential building in cities results in urban sprawl, increased freeway traffic, and greenhouse gasses.
I have been a resident of Alameda for 46 years and a member of the Sierra Club for at least 51. Reading your letter, I have decided to suspend my membership in the club.