Letters to the Editor
The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to
Victoria Johnson, Director of Housing and Community Development at the Alameda Housing Authority and to Anne Phillips Architects, the firm designing the housing at the old
Island High School site at Eagle
Avenue and Everett Street.
Dear Ms. Johnson:
I have been a homeowner in the "Wedge" neighborhood, bordered by Tilden Way, Park Street and the Oakland Estuary, for more than 30 years. In order for the former Island High site to be a welcome addition, the following conditions must be implemented.
The most important consideration is low density: no more than 16 units on the 0.83 acre of land. Consider senior housing and keep the local school boundaries the same so our children are not forced to travel across town.
Traffic now is congested. Fewer people mean less noise and gas emissions.
Provide open space: a green park setting which is necessary for relaxation and enjoyment.
Offer affordable Income levels: inclusion of diversity fosters understanding and community.
Offer several units for purchase to instill pride of ownership.
Offer adequate parking for Residents and Visitors — One space per unit of 1.25 is too few. Street parking now is difficult.
Follow the Design Review Manual: Create a pleasing design fitting in with our historical homes, including proper setbacks and a two-story height limit.
Establish a green building sustainable design.
Use shielded lighting.
Responsible management of the completed project insures confidence for all stakeholders. Carefully consider all these points as this is where we live and we wish to welcome our new neighbors.
As I was working in my kitchen on the day after Halloween I noticed a group of adults and children, each with a large plastic bag, milling around the Gibbons and Northwood street corner. Soon they commenced walking up Northwood Drive picking up the many candy wrappers and other debris on the side walk, street and median strip.
The evening before there had been more than 350 ghosts, goblins and children in clever attire out trick or treating. They had left their trail of paper as they passed by. It was a real thrill to see this volunteer group out policing the streets and imparting on the young ones civic responsibility and pride in our city.
I opened the window and called out my appreciation for their efforts and hope they know the very positive impression they gave to me.
On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 15, my husband and daughter went to the movies at the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex. They took a new stuffed animal and at some point in her excitement of being at the movies, it must have slipped out of my daughter’s hands in the snack bar line.
She didn’t notice it was gone until she got home. My husband went back to the theater but the toy wasn’t in the lost and found. I also wrote to the theater but no luck as of yet. We can only surmise that someone found this cute handmade snail and took it home.
I hope that the person who kept it will have a change of heart, and return my daughter’s beloved toy snail to the theater’s lost and found knowing that some little girl misses her stuffed animal very much. I hope that this letter will touch others to turn in missing toys or stuffed animals in the future as well.