Doug Biggs is the executive director of APC.
Editor's Note: My name is Dennis, and I’m an alcoholic. I suffered from the disease until Feb. 8, 1985, my sobriety date. I took great offense hearing something at two separate locations where signatures were being gathered to put this measure on the ballot. “We don’t want our kids around those alcoholics,” the signatures gatherers said. I stopped dead in my tracks the first time I heard this. The second time I stayed around and listened to more of what the gatherer’s had to say in what I considered pretty disgusting NIMBY language.
I am also a veteran. I wonder sometimes what I would do if I were homeless. It was very obvious to me that the signature gatherers, who also disparaged the homeless would have little compassion for me, either as an alcoholic — recovering or not — or as a homeless person, never mind that I had served my country.
In my opinion, this is a heartless, soulless petition that now — if Alamedans do nothing — will come before the voters in a very expensive waste of time and your money.
I encourage you to read a well-balanced explanation of the Wellness Center project at crownharbor.org/center.html, sign the above letter at caringalameda.org/letter-to-the-community and contact the City Council about this pressing matter.
— Dennis Evanosky, Co-publisher, Alameda Sun.