Club clearly belongs where it was built

The Harbor Bay Club is an integral part of a planned unit development. The club is an asset to any resident of Harbor Bay and any future resident looking to live in the Harbor Bay Isle community.

When we relocated back to the Bay Area from Washington state, the club access and nearby amenities were a major influence on our decision. We joined the club the same week that we closed on our home.

We are no different from any longtime resident or any future resident of Harbor Bay. The club location within Harbor Bay remains a strong draw.

It matters not what Ron Cowan's latest proposal is (high-density housing, a hotel and convention center or whatever he proposes next). The purpose of the Harbor Bay Club was clearly to provide residents with a recreational facility within the Harbor Bay Isle development. Ignoring the purpose of the club contradicts what the club has provided this community for decades.

The elected officials of Alameda, at the time of the club's inception, had the foresight to clearly state in the agreement with Harbor Bay Isle Associates that the club's purpose was to provide community recreational space for the residents.

Dave and Judy Terry

Council should not yield to developer


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What will Ron Cowan and Harbor Bay Isle Associates think of next? Never mind -- I don't really want to know. I deeply resent their sense of entitlement and the power plays they have become so well known for.

I trust the City Council will not yield to such interests, but instead continue to look after the long-term best interests of the residents of Alameda.

The Harbor Bay Club has from the beginning served as an integral part of our community's recreational infrastructure and as such should remain right where it is.

Paul Medved

Thanks to all who helped Red Cross

The American Red Cross would like to thank everyone who supported our Alameda Student Red Cross Clubs in their Holiday Gift Wrapping Project this December. Your generous donations toward disaster relief in the Philippines raised more than $2,000 for the Typhoon Haiyan victims.

We graciously acknowledge the South Shore Center management, who donated a store space by Santa's House; Kohl's, who donated gift boxes; Walgreens, who donated wrapping paper and bows; and Bed Bath and Beyond, who donated name tags and wrapping paper. This allowed our three high school Red Cross clubs to serve thousands of holiday shoppers at our South Shore Center mall, giving more than 750 community service hours that brightened happy shoppers' faces.

The Red Cross is the primary organization through which Americans can donate to international disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippines. Fundraising events like ours would not be possible without the generous donations received from companies such as yours. Thanks again.

These teens volunteer hundreds of hours each month, serving thousands of Alameda residents. They train elementary children and their parents in disaster preparedness, teach citizen CPR to fellow high school students, take blood pressure at community events, create greeting cards and delivery them each month to convalescent homes, pack holiday meals in November and December for Meals On Wheels, and set up Toys For Tots for Alameda's 900 needy families.

And their 2013-2014 project of raising funds to stop 600,000 children from dying of malaria each year in Africa and India. Their goal is to raise 2,014 bed nets by the end of 2014. Just $10 buys a treated bed net for a family and saves lives. So far they have almost 1,000 nets (almost half way).

If you would like to help. Their next event is the Warriors-Knicks basketball game March 30. There are only 200 tickets at a special price. The Warriors will donate $10 to Nothing But Nets for each ticket sold by Red Cross Youth. Plus, these tickets will allow you to meet Stephen Curry at the post game chalk talk. Contact 510-523-7150 for more information. The Red Cross Youth thank you for your support.

Joanne Robinson

Alameda Red Cross Youth Adviser

Letter on Snowden hit nail on the head

This letter is one of thanks to Bruce Joffe for his letter asking us to think of Edward Snowden as a hero rather than a troublemaking whistle-blower.

We have a strange way of treating those who do not toe the line in this country. Those who tell us that the emperor has no clothes are suddenly told to be quiet. "If you don't like it here, get out" is the usual reply to a minority opinion.

Hopefully, we are becoming more discerning and more tolerant.

Ashley Jones