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Alamedans should resist government requirements for flood insurance based on Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “new” flood-plain map with its “100-year flood prediction.” A careful reading of FEMA’s requirements shows that this “new data” is based on predictions of sea-level rise in the next 100 years. 

Once again we are confronted with the old canard of “climate change,” the wacky notion that carbon dioxide will melt glaciers, swamping us all in the liquid fruit of our selfish use of cars and electricity. This allegation has long been discredited, but it is still useful for all sorts of rip offs and government interference in our lives.

In truth, sea levels have risen eight inches since 1900 and will likely rise as much in the next 115, but FEMA wants us to buy insurance now for a flood that might happen 100 years from now — under penalty of law. Meanwhile, where is the data? Has Bay Farm Island flooded in the past 100 years? When? Where? Is there a record of this? I haven’t heard of it.

The truth is this: U.S. insurance companies invested heavily in China’s industrial build-up over the past 30 years, but those chickens have now come home to roost. Since 2012 they’ve lost their shirts, and somebody has to make up the difference. 

As with health care, so with this. Americans asked for health care; they were ordered to buy insurance. It’s the law.

Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency? This is not management and it’s not an emergency. Tell FEMA “no.” This law must be repealed and the makers of the phony map must be fired. Our elected representatives in Alameda must lead the way, or they too should be replaced.


Steve Tabor

On behalf of the Alameda Recreation & Park Department, I would like to thank the following organizations for their recent support of our Splash into Spring Egg Scramble held on Saturday, March 19. Our appreciation goes to the Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation and the Rotary Club of Alameda for their financial support.  A big thanks to East Bay Regional Park District for allowing us to hold the event at Crab Cove and for staff support.  

Finally, we are grateful to members of the Alameda Youth Committee (AYC) who assisted during the event. Your collaboration helped make this annual event special for all who attended.

Christina Bailey, Recreation Services Specialist, Alameda Recreation & Park Department

Dear City Councilmembers and APD Chief Rolleri:
Re: Burrowing Owls, Shorebirds and Saltmarsh Black-tailed Jackrabbits Nesting at the Bay Farm Esplanade Area, Alameda Shoreline Park, Harbor Bay Parkway

It is breeding season in California. Out in the Shoreline Park and Harbor Bay Parkway area, migratory birds and saltmarsh blacktailed jackrabbits are currently nesting and breeding. Therefore, no tilling, ploughing or “weed abatement” can occur until summer in the undeveloped areas which have not been improved with landscaping. Any such activity is criminal:

  • 16 United States Code §70 3 makes it a federal felony to “take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture, or kill, possess ... any migratory bird, any part, nest, or egg of any such bird, ...” 
  • Fish and Game Code § 3 50 3.5 Birds of Prey makes it unlawful to take, possess, or destroy any birds in the orders Falconiformes or Strigiformes (birds-of-prey) or to take, possess, or destroy the nest or eggs of any such bird except as otherwise provided by this code or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto.
  • Fish and Game Code § 3 51 3 makes it unlawful to take or possess any migratory nongame bird as designated in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or any part of such migratory nongame bird except as provided by rules and regulations adopted by the
  • The Secretary of the Interior under provisions of the Migratory Treaty Act. California Code of Regulations title 1 4 §2 51.1 Harassment of Animals states “Except as otherwise authorized in these regulations or in the Fish & Game Code, no person shall harass, herd or drive any game or nongame bird or mammal or fur-bearing mammal. For the purposes of this section, harass is defined as an intentional act which disrupts an animal’s normal behavior patterns, which includes, but is not limited to, breeding, feeding or sheltering.”

This section does not apply to a landowner or tenant who drives or herds birds or mammals for the purpose of preventing damage to private or public property, including aquaculture and agriculture crops.

  • Penal Code §597 (b) declares a person is guilty of a crime who “tortures, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, drink, or shelter, cruelly beats, mutilates, or cruelly kills any animal...”

Please make sure that nothing is done to disturb or kill Alameda’s wildlife during this critical time in their lifecycles.


Dana Sack, Sack Rosendin, LLP Attorneys at Law

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to the City Council and Alameda Police Department Chief Paul Rolleri.