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Editor:
Alameda owes half a billion dollars in unfunded pension and other costs. Voters passed Measure F to raise $5 million to cover that deficit for five years only. Now I think our Council wants to add unfunded costs of taking care of the hardcore homeless likely transferred from medical facilities in San Francisco, Oakland and the region. 

They called a special election at a cost of $720,000 — more for the anticipated two mailers — to open a regional homeless shelter where Crown Beach and Crab Cove were to be expanded. I think this was to defeat the citizen’s initiative to add the land to the parks. This $40 to 50 million regional homeless medical facility will become a respite for homeless that any hospital wants to send here.

Hospitals get paid 15 days hospital rate, thousands of dollars, for homeless, and can save money when the homeless are no longer acute by sending them to the wellness center for $100 a day. Keeping the 50 beds for convalescing homeless supplied with new homeless every 10 days or so, I think will mean dumping the 50 homeless every 10 days. That does not cover even half of the $8.3 million annual operating costs. 

Once it is in, the homeless shelter can do anything it wants under the zoning. It needs no permits. If needed to pay the bills, I think it could add hundreds more beds for all the homeless in the state.
Instead, let’s put the money into seismically retrofitting Alameda Hospital, which must be fixed or torn down by 2030, and put the wellness center there. 

Save Alameda money. Care about Alameda Hospital and all Alamedans — do not bankrupt our city.

 

Barbara Thomas former Vice-Mayor, Councilmember

 

Editor:
Linda Robertson implores you to vote for Measure B to “save” our parks (“Save our parks,” Feb. 7). What she failed to disclose is that voting for Measure B does nothing of the sort. The property currently under discussion is a series of abandoned buildings that will be put to good use if voters say “yes” on Measure A.

It’s disappointing that community members need to resort to outright deception to convince Alamedans to vote for their ill-advised and expensive ballot initiative.

Measure A will provide much-needed services for the most-vulnerable members of our community. Please vote “yes” on Measure A and “no” on Measure B to show how much Alameda cares as a community.

 

Lauren Do

Editor:
It is interesting how the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education operates. First they throw out the idea of combining Encinal and Alameda high schools, and put all 3,000 students on the Alameda High School campus. Then they say they will have four public hearings to discuss the plan.

Now I read that the committee has wrapped up its work and will submit its findings to the board. When did AUSD hold a public meeting to discuss this plan? 

Is there some reason why Encinal High School is no longer suitable as a public school? It is possible that combining the high schools will allow AUSD the opportunity to sell the land that is Thompson Field to give it needed money to push onward? 

I’m sure the committee that was formed to look into the idea of one high school is doing its job, but it seems as if the public is being left out of the decision-making process. 

Ashley Jones

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