Look way up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. They are the new ballpark lights at the Will C. Wood Little League Field — higher than all the tallest trees and taller than all surrounding houses, apartments and structures. More than $250,000 worth of lights that make we who live around them feel like O.Co Coliseum or AT&T Park just moved in.

I remember visiting my daughter earlier this year in New York City. We walked around this vast city and took in the sights of Manhattan. It had everything you’d expect from a busy metropolitan hub including taxis, skyscrapers, shopping and lots of people. But what caught my attention was something else: the Clinton Community Garden. Here neighbors share the land, share the work and reap the benefits of home-grown produce. Shared space combined with shared resources and a common goal is a powerful combination.

With the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the attack on women’s health, unfair taxation, the pollution of our environment, poor access to affordable health care and housing and a fiscally challenged educational system, the role of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters to empower residents to shape better communities has never been more necessary.

Part three of three

As the developer for the Harbor Bay Isle community and owner-operator of the Harbor Bay Club, Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) has been a local business for more than 40 years. When we first envisioned the Harbor Bay Isle Master Planned community, our mission was to create a uniquely beautiful and ideal place to "Live, Work and Play." The quality of life enjoyed by its residents and businesses today is evidence of that commitment.

Does anyone else find the current maneuverings of Harbor Bay Isle Associates audacious and also somewhat amusing? This onslaught of letters to the editor follows a long-standing practice.

Living in Alameda since 1965, has given me the opportunity to watch the parent companies of Harbor Bay Isle Associates and their behavior over the long term. It has been a long standing practice of these various companies to painstakingly lay the groundwork for their money-making schemes. After all, when it involves making millions, long range planning can really pay off.