Editorial

Despite planned development at the Del Monte warehouse site or Alameda Point, no city documents indicate any increase in traffic on the West End, where both these places are located.

The Planning Board and the City Council kept approving the development application proposals. They ignored community concerns about how much longer it would take residents, including those as far away as Bay Farm Island, to reach Interstate 880 during their morning commute.

At the insistence of Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, with the support of Mayor Trish Spencer, there will be a written contract between the city and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) that ensures a new dock will be built for the harbor seals that rest at Alameda Point. The existing haul out will be destroyed to make way for WETA’s ferry maintenance facility.

The changes on Shore Line Drive will benefit everyone, whether they are walking, rolling or driving.

They are part of an overall vision for a complete street, which adds crosswalks, bus stop islands, ADA upgrades and protected bike lanes. The changes move faster moving bicyclists into their own lanes. The travel lanes have changed, too, so people drive more slowly and people walking have a shorter distance to cross. All Alamedans will benefit with increased and better access to the shoreline.

Alameda, like the rest of the Bay Area, needs more very-low and low income, "affordable housing," not more $750,000 to $1 million-plus market-priced houses, especially on public lands. Yet every time there is a market-priced project, like Del Monte or Alameda Landing, City Planner Andrew Thomas and the Planning Board tell us it should be approved because it will help us gain affordable housing.

Here’s the mumbo-jumbo: Thomas and the Planning Board talk and talk and talk about affordable housing, and developers build and build and build more market-priced units.

Capone's says 'Let's move on'

Capone’s Speakeasy would like to invite you in. There have been many conversations, rumors and innuendos about Capone’s since we opened our doors in August 2014. Let’s go back in time and take a look at the old worn-out bank building at 1400 Park St. The main portion of the two-story building was built in 1888 and a second structure in the rear was added in the 1920s. For many years different banks operated at this location with the most recent being Wells Fargo. 

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