My husband is a third generation Alamedan. His grandparents moved to Alameda in 1953 after his grandfather retired from the U.S. Navy. His parents moved their family here in 1971 after his father retired from the U.S. Air Force. We moved here in 1981 after my husband completed his service in the Air Force.
Not far from the Alameda Landing Safeway is notice on the bioswale saying, “Help us to help the environment.” The “us” referred to in the sign is Vestar that developed Alameda Landing. Vestar has-made some effort to fulfill this message. It placed put in the bioswales, which help clean rainwater. Not very useful in drought unfortunately. What else is there? There are lots of trees. There are bike racks.
Alameda’s current rent control battle is not only a clash of economic perspectives, it’s a public health concern. As an Alameda resident and a public health professional, I am concerned about the far-reaching impacts of no-cause evictions and crippling rent increases on Alameda residents, families, and the community at large.