Editorial

To: Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese, Council Members Tony Daysog, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie.
Cc: Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam, City Attorney Janet Kern, City Clerk Lara Weisiger. Community Development Director Debbie Potter and members of the Alameda Renters Coalition Steering Committee.

Subject: Item 6-G on the Feb. 16 City Council agenda: Provide Direction to Staff Regarding Certain Elements of a Proposed Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance.

Local shares viewpoint for 15th straight ‘love’ holiday

Valentine’s Day is not an enjoyable occasion for us curmudgeons. It forces us out of our comfortable, intimidating shells of grouchiness, irascibility, negativity and cynicism. It also compels us to be cordial to others, something that we find intensely difficult and distasteful.

Bah, love bug! Nobody wants to be around or love a testy old crank who complains about everything, especially on Valentine’s Day. We curmudgeons like it that way. 

Part one
To: Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese, Council Members Tony Daysog, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie.

Cc: Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam, City Attorney Janet Kern, City Clerk Lara Weisiger. Community Development Director Debbie Potter and members of the Alameda Renters Coalition Steering Committee.

Subject: Item 6-G on the Feb. 16 City Council agenda: Provide Direction to Staff Regarding Certain Elements of a Proposed Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance.

My beautiful Tova would have turned 18 this November. She was my perpetually smiling, white, fluffy, 12-pound American Eskimo. She died in her sleep last September while I was away in Europe. I was not able to spend the week with her before she died and I was not able to say goodbye.

Tova was a loving member of our family. She was with us for over half the time that I have been married. She and I were special buddies. She followed me everywhere. She always stood at the bottom of the stairs and waited for me to come down. 

Recent letters in the Alameda Sun have insinuated that the Alameda Marina is rotting away into nothing. The authors of these letters state that nothing will be lost by putting housing on the property.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve been a tenant in past years and was a tenant until quite recently.

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