Editorial

Dear Community Members:

This summer is a season of change in Alameda Unified School District. As many of you have heard, our superintendent, Kirsten Vital, has resigned her position as of August 1, 2014 to become the new superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District.

On July 1, the City Council adopted the citizens’ "Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative." The initiative was sponsored by "Friends of Crown Beach" who gathered more than 6,000 signatures within a six-week period. The initiative zones a 3.89-acre parcel adjacent to Crab Cove as "open space." The parcel is currently for sale by the federal General Services Administration (GSA). In 2008, voters in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties approved the Crab Cove expansion and funded it.

The Board of Education has placed a bond measure on the November ballot that, if passed, would generate nearly $180 million in funding to upgrade Alameda’s schools. As detailed in the most recent language, the money would be used for core needs such as “improving earthquake safety,” “improving heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems,” and “replacing leaky roofs.”

Some 15 years ago when I moved to this town, I heard about this mythical effort preservationists had undertaken in the 1970s to prevent the widespread building of “motel-style apartments” where gorgeous Victorian-era mansions once stood. 

Couched as an amazing feat of preservation, the 1973 Measure A sounded good enough to me. I, for one, didn’t want to live in those non-descript motel-style apartments and liked Alameda for the very reason that the Victorian-era homes remained.

Ron Cowan’s Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) continues its push to move the Harbor Bay Club. The association’s recent campaign at City Hall implies that Harbor Bay Neighbors (HBN) opposes the building of a new Harbor Bay Club. However, HBN is on record as supporting a new club. 

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