On occasion, I hear comments from community members suggesting our school district mismanages its finances. Such comments pain me, because since I arrived in Alameda in 2009, we have worked diligently to tighten up our systems, trim excess funding, and make our financial workings ever more transparent to our public. Indeed, after working in five school districts over 22 years, I can honestly say AUSD is one of the most fiscally responsible — and financially transparent — school districts I have seen.
The only alternative: Get voter approval to change it.
Over the past two years, the City Council has taken two defiant steps toward approving nearly 4,000 new residential units primarily in the West End.
First, on the eve of Independence Day — July 3, 2012 — the council rezoned 17 parcels with an overall site inventory capacity of 2,525 residential multi-family units outside Alameda Point for the city’s 2007-2014 housing element cycle.
In his response to my letter about resilient cities (“Not resilient enough,” April 24), Paul English extolls the virtues of “science” in advocacy of the carbon dioxide theory of global warming (“Facts, not hysteria, May 1). This is typical as scientists are the new godly priests who know best.
Advocates of the theory simply repeat the same old mantras we’ve seen in the media for years, alleging the support of scientists, while exhibiting no real knowledge themselves about the subject.
The plan for a so-called “De-Pave Park” on the western side of the Seaplane Lagoon would be something to cheer about if the park had any chance of ever being created. The concept behind the park is to remove the concrete tarmac and shoreline boulders, allowing for a natural wetland shoreline. The text of the city’s recently released draft Town Center and Waterfront Plan, however, allows existing industrial buildings to remain there “if needed.”