Editorial

 

Residents of the homes along Jackson Park gathered Tuesday evening, Aug. 5, to celebrate National Night Out. Neighbors have been gathering for this event for 32 years. The concept was established in 1984, when an estimated 2.5 million people gathered in 400 communities. National Night Out is a crime prevention program that emphasizes building partnerships between the police and fire departments and the community. People gather the first Tuesday in August for block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities and seminars.

 

On Monday, Aug. 8, the City Council voted 3-2 to place a doctored version of the city-sponsored landlord-friendly rent ordinance (City Code 3148) on the ballot. The city tampered with the ordinance using last-minute language that can nullify months of effort by Alameda residents to ensure passage of a meaningful and effective rent stabilization law that plugs loopholes in City Code 3148.

 

Alameda has championed innovation since 1887, when the city formed its own public electric utility to power 13 streetlights. Our community was a pioneer in the new world of electricity — we developed a 90-kW generating station only five years after the first commercial energy station was established by Thomas Edison in 1882. As we plan for the future of energy in Alameda today, we can look back to Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) beginnings for inspiration.

 

As a sail boater and Alamedan, I am appalled that a developer is controlling Alameda Marina and submitting plans to tear down most of the historic buildings there. The proposed new buildings have designs similar to the high rises that have recently been built in the Mission Bay section of San Francisco. 

 

At its July 5 meeting, the City Council voted to place the Utility Modernization Act on the November ballot. This measure maintains funding for critical city services. This is an important decision for the city of Alameda, so here are the answers to some key questions voters should consider. 

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