‘Harbor Bay Neighbors’ Have Crossed the Line

I get the desire to protect what we have, so I support careful review of any development that might impact our quality of life, after the facts come out.

I’ve lived here long enough, however, to know that emotions don’t always wait for facts, so even though I personally have decided to wait until the studies are released regarding the proposed new Harbor Bay Club project, I’m not surprised by some of the premature jabbing going on.

But when opponents of a project start making stuff up, passing it as fact, and leaving it on door steps, they cross the line. The flyer I read this morning from Harbor Bay Neighbors includes unsupported statements I know to be false.

I checked the public documents and nowhere does the project call for changes to the end of Island Drive that impact vehicular traffic, and nowhere do the options for redeveloping the current club property include 160 homes. The flyer says "Read the Documents and Get the Facts."

I did and I have no idea what they’re reading. The flyer even contradicts itself, claiming that 160 homes or a hotel are planned, then accuses the developer of not revealing its plans.

I even called the city, placing a simple phone call to the Planning Department, which confirmed that the developer does, in fact, have an application in place with options for redeveloping the old club
property.

Harbor Bay Neighbors even goes a step further and tries to influence our vote for City Council candidates based on a project that hasn’t even been vetted and put before the council yet.

The flyer smacks of desperation, and suggests that perhaps Harbor Bay Neighbors don’t want to wait for the studies, which will include the very issues they raise, like traffic and safety, because then perhaps they’d have to debate the project on its merits instead of resorting to blatant fear mongering.

Sounds to me like the Harbor Bay Neighbors don’t want to know the facts.

Michael R. Morgan is a longtime Alameda resident.