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The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Mayor Marie Gilmore.



I am writing to express my disappointment in your and the council’s decision to delay any immediate action on forming an actual task force to address the very urgent needs of your Alameda’s renters.

While you wait for the mediator to gather information and present it to you in December, people in my town are being priced out of and evicted from their own homes. This matter is urgent, and your Vice Mayor understood that.

Nobody else seems to have grasped the desperation so many people are feeling. This surprised me, given what several people spoke to you about, and given the one man whose fear and anger was expressed so strongly that he had to be escorted out. His fear was left unaddressed and his situation completely ignored.

I do not believe you and some of the others understand that your de facto silence on this subject will cause greater angst and greater polarization than had you actually appointed a city task force to do what the city is responsible for doing.

I do not understand why the city did not appoint a task force to do what the city manager suggested: get hard data to present to the community. You got this process backward: the city gathers information while the "mediator" gathers the community, then we all sit down with both anecdotal and data-driven information.

I fear the repercussions of your decision will be felt by too many long before your mediator gets back to you.

Finally, I would like to add that your "joke" about putting this whole thing off until another council could deal with it was unprofessional, not funny, and denigrates the needs of desperate citizens.

Kathryn Hopping, Alameda homeowner


A year ago, my Bay Isle Pointe Home Owners’ Association Board President predecessor, Marie Kane, published our board’s unanimous declaration of opposition to the Harbor Bay Associates proposal to relocate Harbor Bay Club outside of the Harbor Bay Isle Community. Marie discussed the increased traffic potential, the negative impact on property values from the loss of a proximate recreation facility, and the implications of moving the club so close to the airport.

With the imminent release of the environmental impact report and upcoming city elections, we’re reiterating our declaration.

One of the Harbor Bay Isle Project planning objectives is "to provide a diversity of shopping, recreational, environmental and cultural facilities within the project as the core of community life." (From http://harborbayneighbors.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/hbi-desc-9-8-19761...).

Having a recreational facility in our community is a key part of the value many of our homeowners appreciate and expect when they chose to live in our planned development.

We urge our Harbor Bay neighbors, the Planning Board, and the City Council to support the recreational balance in our community by not allowing the Harbor Bay Club property to be rezoned.

Paul Beusterien, Bay Isle Pointe HOA President


A recent letter from a community member who wondered about enrollment at Encinal High School (EHS) ("Is there an EHS population explosion?" Sept. 11).

That writer claimed the school’s principal had said the school received "500 more freshmen this year than were projected to join the school" and then asked if "EHS and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) can explain where all these extra children came from."

We would like to set the record straight in this matter. The EHS principal has never claimed to have 500 more freshmen than projected. Based on demographic trends and surveys of the district’s middle schools, AUSD and EHS staff projected a total population of 1037 for the school this year. As of September 12, the school had 1,043 students. The freshman class was projected to be 250 this year; as of Sept. 12, it was 288.

That said, EHS did experience some over-enrollment in some classes. The school’s staff is working one-on-one with students affected by these over enrollments to adjust their schedules as needed. We apologize for any disappointment this situation has caused, but we are happy to report that the entire school currently has only six more students than expected. And we are delighted that, based on the 38 additional freshmen the school received, the school’s enrollment is now growing.

Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D., AUSD Interim Superintendent