Editorial

Harbor Bay Isle Associates

Part two 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.

On behalf of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), I would like to clarify remarks about AMP made by Jeffery Smith in his commentary ("The Great AMP Lightbulb Caper," Aug. 27).

Smith’s assertion on the number of AMP employees it takes to change a lightbulb was certainly amusing reading, but it was also false. We were not merely changing a lightbulb; we were replacing an entire streetlight, including the pole and electrical connections that had been hit by a drunk driver. Moreover, by the time Mayor Trish Spencer contacted me, the streetlight repair had already begun.

A pair of recent lettters in the Alameda Sun from Len Peters at first castigated ("An open letter to AMP," July 30) and then congratulated ("A great response," Aug. 13) Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) for changing a lightbulb. Peters’ letters were reminiscent of the plethora of "change-a-lightbulb" riddles littering the mindscape and cyberspace.

For example: "How many Chicago School Economists does it take to change a lightbulb?"

Answer: "None. If the lightbulb needed changing the free market would have already done it."

Recent discourse concerning
Alameda’s least tern colony ("Policies Differ on Protecting Terns," July 2; "Comparing notes on least tern colonies," Aug. 13) is intriguing for several reasons.

The Navy has never been too cozy with nature. As recently as 2011, Navy sonar experiments in the Pacific Ocean were damaging the hearing of whales and the echo-location faculties of dolphins — yet Naval Air Station Alameda, to its credit, sheltered least terns almost since its inception in 1940.

In March I was pulled over in Alameda and ticketed for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. I fought my ticket and won. Here’s what I learned during that process:

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