Sudden agreement while public on ‘summer vacation’

If you get a moment, view the last portion of the City Council meeting of July 29, where the council went into exclusive negotiations (regarding an Alameda Point land sale) with a group that supposedly has direct connections with China. The weird and scary thing is, the council is not putting these parcels of land up for bid. Why?

All previous discussion was held in closed session. At this meeting the council gave the city manager almost complete control over review of the sale proposal.

Last week, two letters appeared in the Alameda Sun about the public dialogue I had with Ms. Irene Dieter and Ms. Karin Lucas during the July 15 City Council meeting. These letters ("Open Letter to Mayor Gilmore" and "Rein Russo In," July 24) were very angry and accused me of having been "vitriolic," "intimidating," "condescending," "aggressive," "belittling" and "hostile. The letter writers said I had "interrogated" Ms. Dieter and Ms.

Robert Sullwold

It looks like Mayor Marie Gilmore may be running for re-election unopposed.

That’s not surprising. After all, Gilmore is the incumbent. She looks good riding on top of a stagecoach in the Fourth of July parade. And, most importantly, she can count on the firefighters’ union to spend as much as necessary to ensure she remains in office so she can hand out new public safety union contracts in 2017.

Just for kicks, let’s suppose someone is foolish — and wealthy — enough to run against Gilmore. What would it take to win?

Jeffrey R Smith

When a trusted colleague sent a link to the initial news release announcing that Superintendent Kirsten Vital was "heading south:" leaving for a greener sinecure in Capistrano, many teachers thought it was a hoax or just a ruse to get them to return in the fall.

Like most stories that are too good to be true, the Capistrano story was hard to "swallow."

Redolent puns aside; the critics were wrong — at least on one count.

Dear Community Members:

This summer is a season of change in Alameda Unified School District. As many of you have heard, our superintendent, Kirsten Vital, has resigned her position as of August 1, 2014 to become the new superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District.