Letters to the Editor
A kid finishes his soda. A parent finishes reading his newspaper. As they are walking on Park Street, they realize, “I don’t want to carry this all the way home,” so their only choice is to throw those recyclables into the trash. Myself and my fellow students at Edison see that these actions are bad for the environment. This is why we think there should be recycle cans on Park Street.
This situation has happened to me numerous times. You get the guilty feeling that you shouldn’t have done that, but you have no choice. Also, if hundreds of people do this every day, it adds up to so much waste in the landfull that could be recycled.
It may cost money, but so what? This is the only planet we can live on. There are no other planets, and if it means spending a little bit of green paper (money), I think it’s certainly worth it.
Just think about how polluted our Earth is. We could help out a very needy cause by just one small action.
Editor’s note: We here at the Sun would like to echo this concerted effort by this young generation to improve waste collection service in our public spaces. We do hope those holding the purse strings at the City of Alameda, the Park Street Business Association and elsewhere in town will take these letters to heart. More letters from Edison students will appear next week.
Each spring, Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) Salute to Education recognizes innovative programs in our public schools and honors the teachers and the parents who make this innovation possible. Whether the program involves teaching science in school gardens, using the latest strategies to reach struggling students or helping high school students build robots, these program coordinators contribute countless hours that make a difference.
AEF would like to thank everyone who made Salute to Education such a successful, fun event. That includes our volunteers on Friday evening, as well as the staff at Rhythmix Cultural Works and Café Q. Additional thanks go to Charles and Therry Olken of “Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine.”
A complete list of the individuals and business owners who generously contributed to Salute to Education are listed at our website: alamedaeducationfoundation.org.
We should not rush the review of the proposal to convert the Del Monte warehouse to 309 residential units (“Former Del Monte Warehouse Redevelopment Plans Unveiled,” May 1). This is a huge project for the Northern Waterfront. The city should give community members adequate time to consider the proposal, provide input and work with decision makers to ensure we welcome a quality project to our neighborhood.
To give an idea of the scale of the proposal, a typical residential block in the neighborhood has about 30 homes, so the Del Monte conversion would have about as many households as 10 city blocks.
There are several areas of concern with the proposal. One primary concern is parking. The shortage of parking is causing the city staff to propose neighborhood permit parking. That is, the neighbors would need to obtain permits to park on the street. How will this work? How will this affect Alameda residents visiting Littlejohn Park?
A second concern is circulation. The plan shows a realignment of Clement Avenue, but the proposed location of the critical intersection of Clement and Sherman is owned by Wind River, not by the city or the project applicant, Tim Lewis Communities.
What happens if the Wind River piece is not made available?
There are other concerns, too, and I am sure all of them can be resolved satisfactorily with time. However, rushing this project does not allow neighbors, staff, or the applicant to work together to create the best possible project. The Del Monte conversion is possible because the adoption of the Housing Element in 2012 created an exception from Measure A at certain sites.
This is the first project to come through using this exception. Let’s take the time to get it right.