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We Just read the article in the Alameda Sun, which implies that only Oakland and its Chinatown have expressed concern about traffic impact from Alameda Point development (“Alameda, Oakland in Fight over Traffic,” Jan. 9). Thank goodness Oakland groups and their city are speaking up on this important issue. 
Please remember, however,  that many Alameda residents and neighborhood associations have also spoken to the City Council and written letters raising questions about the traffic impact from the proposed development. We in Alameda are just as concerned as Oakland. And, as mentioned in the article, it is certainly not a solution to redirect traffic from Webster Tube down to the south end of the island, through residential communities. This too, we have protested. 
When we were told, while on the bike tour of the proposed development, that the solution is, “people will not be getting in cars in the future” we loved it. But how exactly will this happen in the numbers required? Is this a realistic plan? 
For example, there is not even bus service to the ferry on Alameda — it has been discontinued. If we can’t even maintain bus service to the ferry (note the overflowing parking lot there now every day), what hope is there that Alameda will be proactive with bus, rail, or other traffic abatement service in the future? 
Most important point: We should be busy creating a vision of the future of Alameda which would maintain and enhance the existing wonderful quality of life. Then we should plan development around that vision, not vice versa. 
We would appreciate a response from the city. 


Ken and Katherine Cameron


The Alameda Family Services League (AFSL) would like to thank the community for supporting AFSL’s 43rd annual Holiday Home Tour. Hundreds of tour-goers enjoyed tours of five of Alameda’s finest homes, a holiday dessert tea, a gift boutique, a raffle and a gourmet shop with all proceeds benefitting Alameda Family Services. The 2013 Holiday Home Tour was a success thanks to many community members and business owners who donated their time, energy and goods to guarantee a fun and festive fundraiser. First and foremost, thank you to the generous homeowners who shared their beautiful homes, wonderfully decorated for the season with tour-goers. Home docents and volunteers at the tea, gourmet shop, and boutique were invaluable in the Tour’s success. We also thank the donors of goodies, gifts and raffle items that made the tea, gourmet shop and boutique wonderful shopping experiences and the raffle a plentiful one. The AFSL board of directors and staff were also invaluable in making the tour a success. Our gratitude goes out to the Alameda Elks’ Lodge #1015 for its hospitality in providing the location for many of the day’s festivities and First Presbyterian Church of Alameda for hosting our holiday tea. A special thank you to our Home Tour sponsors: Farmers’ Insurance/Jeffrey Schwalm; Harbor Bay Realty; Gallagher and Lindsey Realtors; Catellus; Realtors Nancy and Steve Brandt; Alain Pinel Realtors and all other individuals and businesses that advertised in the tour booklet. Finally, to the Alameda community: thank you for your continued attendance and support of the AFSL’s Annual Alameda Holiday Home Tour. We appreciate and value your dedication to ensuring the children, individuals and families continue to receive the invaluable services that Alameda Family Services offers.

Katy Honegger. President, Alameda Service League