Cowan development plans just won't stop
Overdeveloper Ron Cowan is like a wackamole continually popping up where he's not wanted. His latest -- after the latest plan was voted down in the last election -- is a proposal (not a done deal) to destroy the Harbor Bay Gym that's next to a school and put 80 homes in its place.
We need to come together once more and tell him a loud no, again. It's not a done deal, nor has it even been presented to city planners. His posturing makes it sound as if he already has the green light, which is not true at all. The arguable 1989 agreement possibly allowing him to build more homes was for a specified time period and a very specific area where he could build.
The Harbor Bay Club doesn't even fall there. And if he moved the club to the business park, where it's airplane-noise central, no one could stand playing golf or swimming outside -- just out for another buck at the expense of all citizens.
Vote no on this mess in the making, with all the worsened traffic he'd cause being right next to a school. Far worse than the old golf plan that was soundly defeated.
Hold Navy to pledge to clean up old base
A profound note of thanks to the city of Alameda and the many volunteers whose efforts did so much to make this year's Earth Day fair a sparkling success. The rows of tents provided a cloistered isolation from busy traffic, the crowds smiled and chatted freely, and the park itself created a sense of rural tranquility reminiscent of where I grew up in the 1930s.
This feeling of well-being lasted through the entire weekend, but the startling article last week on the former Navy base by Susan Galleymore and other members of RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) quickly brought me back to reality.
Its review of the concerted efforts to gloss over the well-known toxic waste areas and minimize the mandated cleanup before reuse of the land, and followed by further revelations at the Alameda Citizens' Taskforce meeting that same evening, brought the grim potential health problems facing Alameda residents clearly into focus.
Anyone who intends to live here and raise a family should be concerned enough to join the effort to convince the U.S. Navy to honor its commitments. They must also ensure that planners and developers do not permit any shortcuts in the interest of profit.
However, to curtail the already well-developed plans will require more than gatherings of 20 or so. The warning flags have been raised; it is late in the day but not too late for effective action if Earth Day has any real significance for Alameda residents.
'Shoots & Ladders' a success -- thanks
I'm sending my warmest thank-you for the exciting, fun and very successful event, "Shoots & Ladders," held May 3. The Alameda Police Department played a game of basketball against the Alameda Fire Department to help raise money for Alameda Family Services. Sponsors included the College of Alameda, Harbor Bay Group of Companies, Scooter Importers and TransPacific National Bank.
The APD was co-coached by Chief Michael Noonan and Officer Emilia Mrak; the AFD was coached by Chief Michael D'Orazi. The firefighters and police officers competed on free throws with the kids before the game and at half-time, and everyone participated in a raffle with great athletic prizes, including a mountain bike. This game was so exciting all the way through to the end when the teams were just a couple of points apart. APD won this game, but we'll see what happens for the second Shoots & Ladders next year.
The event raised a whopping $7,000 for Alameda Family Services (www.alamedafs.org), which supports individuals and families through counseling, Head Start, Early Head Start, School-Based Health Centers, Homeless Youth Services and other programs.
Board Member Alameda Family Services
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