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Editor:

I am a longtime member of the Harbor Bay Club, a strong supporter of the proposed new Harbor Bay Club and a resident of the Headlands development of Harbor Bay Isle. I am very frustrated with the many misrepresentations that those who are opposed to the club have been stating regarding a number of topics, but specifically for this letter, I want to speak about traffic.

The Headlands development has 88 homes. For the past several months I have been taking note of the traffic during morning peak times. Additionally, I have watched and monitored the traffic going in and out of the Harbor Bay Club on Packet Landing Road as I am there almost every morning.

Based on what I have observed, and just plain common sense, it is very clear to me that the relocation of a new Harbor Bay Club to the business park will have a positive impact on the reduction of morning traffic at Island Drive and Packet Landing Road.

First of all, those members coming from the main island will use Doolittle Drive-Harbor Bay Parkway to get to the new club. Members who live in the Bay Farm Harbor Bay neighborhoods will use Mecartney Road, Maitland Drive, or go through the ferry parking lot to Harbor Bay Parkway. This will dramatically reduce the number of cars on Island Drive, Packet Landing Road and Robert Davey Jr. Drive.

I have observed the traffic flow from the 88 Headlands homes. I believe the traffic reports will show the number of cars generated by the proposed 80 new homes will be less than the current Harbor Bay Club traffic counts with approximately 4,000 members coming and going.

We have homeowners leaving and returning from work just during peak hours and minor traffic throughout the day. With 80-plus homes here, that’s 80 (plus or minus) cars in and out during those peak hours.

However, at the club in the morning and evening, hundreds come in and out of that parking lot during peak hours. I know because with only 130 parking spaces at the club, sometimes during those peak hours it is difficult to find a parking spot.

I think it is time for people to slow down their criticisms and wait until the real information is brought to the public when the independent environmental impact report comes out. There are many of us in favor of the new Harbor Bay Club, but we also want to be sure we have all the information before we state our positions. We ask that others do so as well.

Let’s consider the needs of the many members who will benefit from a new club and not focus on the baseless speculation from the few who seem eager to get ahead of the facts.

Catherine Bierwith

Editor:

I’m falling in love with Alameda. Born overseas and reared on the East Coast, I have been searching for a place to call home. With brief residences throughout the Bay Area, and living nearly eight years in Oakland, I am used to change. In fact, I thrive on meeting new people, learning new things and taking on new challenges. I moved to Alameda two years ago and find the island a wonderful place to live and raise my kids.

I’ve seen great new restaurants, Target and a new Walgreens open. The Marketplace on Park Street has improved. There is more coming to Alameda that I’m particularly excited about. This includes the Northern Waterfront projects with new residences, retail and even the potential of a water shuttle.

Plans for fixing up the Oakland Estuary look responsible, fair and sustainable. So let’s not have the perfect be the enemy of the good, or be fearful of change. I, for one, would like to see my new community continue to thrive and grow.

We can’t go back in time to what Alameda used to be. Instead, we can preserve the past while looking toward the future. The only constant in life is change and I am ready to embrace the change coming to Alameda. I hope to never leave this little slice of paradise.

Nik Dehejia

Editor:

Like thousands of other communities across the United States, Alameda will again form a lawyer-controlled government. Once elected, these lawyers perform pro bono work for unions, developers and other special interests.

These elected officials use their offices to benefit these outside interests. The most successful City Council in the past 50 years was led by my barber, Chuck Corica. He entered public service because he was distraught about the demolition of Alameda’s Victorian-era homes by developers who wanted to replace them with multiple-unit apartment buildings. The result was Measure A.

Corica’s reply to any development at the golf course that bears his name, at Crab Cove, or anywhere else would be: No! No! No!

Lawyers are trained to strategize differently than most folks. They work both ends against the middle. That way the middle can become the end at any time. The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 60 percent of the lawyers.

When you vote for lawyers you are casting your vote like a candle in the wind.

Dick Wood

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