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 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. 

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.

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).

San Franciscans, who can no-longer afford living in the sparkling city by the sea, are reportedly flocking to the tony sections of Oakland. Nearly one third of the buyers of Oakland real estate are economic refugees from San Francisco; trucking their equity and freighting their Ikea inventory across the rusting Bay Bridge.