Will city leaders walk the walk on transit?

Asked about the traffic generated by City Hall-promoted development of Alameda Point, City Manager John Russo repeatedly invoked "Transportation Demand Management," or TDM.

The General Plan demands it, he says, and the EIR "requires all new development at Alameda Point to comply with a TDM plan to get people out of their cars on into (sic) alternative modes of transportation to mitigate traffic impacts."

This is another way of throwing Alamedans onto if not under the bus. I'm sure our city leaders intend to lead by example on this one and are already spending lots of time on bicycles or public transit themselves. And we vehicular recidivists should benefit fully from their intrepid example.

Wouldn't it be helpful if we had a blog or an app that showed which buses our public officials are taking themselves? Which line does the mayor take in eschewing her own "single-occupant vehicle trips?" How much time do our City Council members spend waiting for their buses?

Assuming most never have to leave the Island, how many of our city employees use transfers daily? Do they bike their groceries home? Please share the details on a city of Alameda webpage.

It should have a comments section, too. So we could read about the times they run a bit late and dash out the door, racing a bus to the corner (haven't we all done it?) only to see the driver rumble by. Do our bureaucrats demand that gadget-obsessed kids give up their seats for older folks? Do they give up their seats themselves?


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As we are ingenuously solving the Island city's land-use problems, I have a final issue. What to do with the reserved parking spots for our city officials? They are going unused now, right? Myself, I'd happily vote to give it up to any public official ready to work hard to increase vehicular bandwidth on and off the Island, but I'm a slothful recidivist.

Ben Miller

Police should crack down on bike theft

I would like to know why the Alameda Police Department seems unable to protect us from bicycle theft in this town -- particularly within mere blocks of its headquarters?

My family has had six bicycles stolen from public areas in the past 10 years: the most recent one locked to a pole right out on Santa Clara Avenue near downtown. One was stolen in broad daylight, locked right in front of the Alameda theater; another locked in the bicycle rack in the outdoor parking right across the street.

Surprisingly, one of us rides to Harbor Bay to work each day and locks her bike there: never had a theft. Why is that? Better security there?

We have used the best locks you can buy: what we need is better protection from our police. Maybe APD should actually walk the streets of town.

Kim Bostrom

Thanks for making band event a success

The Encinal High School Music Department was pleased to host our 19th annual Extravaganza of Bands on May 17.

Twelve visiting high school and middle school bands participated in concert and parade competitions, showcasing their talent, musicianship and dedication. Thanks to the support of our many volunteers and sponsors, the event also showcased our Alameda hospitality and Jet pride. We would sincerely like to thank them for their help and generosity.

Donations, program advertising, and awards sponsorships were received from: Alameda Awards, Best Music of Oakland, Harbor Bay Realty, OMM Inc. Mason Management, Oakland Triple X Fraternity, McDonalds Restaurants of Alameda, Taco Bell of Alameda, Ace Truck Repair, Dr. Bruce Bothwell, Dr. Barrett Parker, Alameda Museum, Dance 10 Performing Arts Center, 300 Block of Haight Avenue, Ken Haslam and Family, Armand and Barbara Acosta, Dave and Jane Baldi Memorial, Kevin Kennedy Wealth Management and the Law Office of Gina Mariani.

We are very grateful for the support of Principal Kirsten Zazo, the Alameda Unified School District, the Alameda Police Department and the many dedicated parent volunteers who made the event possible and provided this great opportunity for the students.

Before hosting this event, our Jets Marching Band excelled at numerous band competitions this year, traveling to Santa Cruz, Napa, Fairfield and Vallejo. They have demonstrated determination and teamwork and grown as individuals, as musicians and as a cohesive team.

We are looking forward to hosting our 20th Anniversary Extravaganza of Bands next year and appreciate everyone who makes our schools stronger through support of music and the arts.

Ann McCormick

EHS Music Boosters