Editorial

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.

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.

I was a special guest at an event not long ago where, as part of the celebration, several of the participants read a short story about their lives. For some, it was the first piece of creative writing they had ever done. It was an honor to hear them reading in front of a large group (we filled the bookstore!), sharing a piece of their souls with us.

I prefer jobs over cookie cutter condos! Who’s with me?

The Alameda Sun Jan. 21 front-page story “Marina Paves Way for Re-Do” and some recent commentaries and build-baby-build letters do not detail the true extent of what Bill Poland and his Marin County development team plan to do at Alameda Marina. 

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese and Councilman Tony Daysog.

Dear Mayor Spencer, Vice-Mayor Matarrese and Councilman Daysog:
I normally don’t “get involved” with local politics; I’m busy enough as it is with my work and family. But I am so very frustrated with everything that is not happening for Alameda ferry riders that I’m appealing to you for help, either from the city directly or thru the city’s affiliation with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

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