Editorial

 

When Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) assumed responsibility from the City Alameda for the Alameda Animal Shelter in 2011, it was a well-run but fairly typical municipal shelter. The emphasis was on protecting the community by taking stray animals off the streets. Those that weren’t adopted were euthanized as space in the aging facility became limited. Only about 75 percent of the animals who entered the shelter left it alive. 

 

As the person who originated the concept of square footage taxation in 1980, I am writing to urge voters to oppose the Alameda Unified School District’s Measure B1 on the November ballot.

Measure B1 is a regressive tax which worsens the unfairness imposed by Proposition 13, and it is likely unlawful under current statute and it is unnecessary as the current tax does not expire until 2019.

 

This page gives me the opportunity to share with Alameda “The State of the Sun” each year and it’s truly one of the more enjoyable things I write all year. Luckily, it tends to be a good news page. I am in the unique position to spin things that way. 

 

It’s good to see the city creating an action plan to find services and shelter for the homeless who have taken up residence in the soon-to-be-built Jean Sweeney Park. But let’s not forget about those living in the encampment at the foot of the Fruitvale Bridge.

 

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.

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