Letters to the Editor

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Are you a Warriors fan? Of course, right? Who wouldn’t be after that win?

The final game just happened to fall on the night of our Business Excellence Awards and we were–literally–at sea. With no internet on the ship, we quickly grabbed a laptop and used a phone as a hotspot and streamed the game.

And I’m glad we did because then we could join in on the celebration. Later that week, I started thinking about the importance of celebrating the wins, whether it’s a championship final or the first sale of the day. Celebrating wins of all sizes helps us feel accomplished, like our efforts matter. And that’s important for everyone who’s working hard for your company.

We’d like to join you in your wins too. We invite you to share them with us. Whether it’s a professional growth moment, a business anniversary, a new opening, or a new hire. Tell us about it and we’ll make sure the community knows too.

Winning isn’t everything but in challenging times it can feel that way. A small win can be a big victory so pay attention to them and don’t discount what they could mean to your business and your employees.

— Madlen Mirzaian Saddik, President and CEO of Alameda Chamber & Economic Alliance

In response to Peter Espy’s letter to the editor (“More transportation options needed if more housing is built,” June 16), as a voting resident of the West End of the “Big Island” of Alameda, I disagree that a second BART tube under the San Francisco Bay should have a station either under Alameda or on its surface, on its way to the mainland.

I brag that we have no trains, airports, or freeways. Why? Because I love the quiet after having lived at California and Hyde in San Francisco for about 25 years.
The noise and vibrations from underground or overland trains would degrade our city.

Anyone who has ridden on a BART train can testify to the noise generated by the wheels on the tracks. Anyone who has been in an above- or below-ground BART station when a train arrives can testify to the intensity of the vibration from the approaching train. Anyone who has been in an above- or below-ground BART station when a train leaves can testify to the intensity of the vibration from the departing train.

Has Mr. Espy ever lived above or near train tracks? I would suggest he try living over or near a BART station before he states that “Alameda BART” will not degrade our city. I would suggest adding ferries to the schedule and better transportation to both terminals and adding a bridge or two to maintain or enhance living on Alameda.

How about marketing Alameda as a headquarters for companies so people can bike or walk from their homes on the Big Island to work on the Big Island!

— CJ Kingsley

In response to Dr. Nicholas Moss from Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) ordering reinstatement of the COVID-19 indoor mask requirement for Alameda County, effective June 3 (“Alameda County Restores Mask Mandate for Indoor Public Settings,” June 3), I checked statistics for Alameda County to ascertain which recent findings led Moss to make such a decision. After reviewing the current COVID numbers published on ACPHD’s website, I am baffled by Moss’ action. Here are the stats:

Alameda County’s total population is 1.6 million, according to the latest U.S. Census. Of the 1.6 million residents, 1,310,871, or 82%, are fully vaccinated. There is no question citizens acted responsibly in helping to control the spread of the virus. And the latest numbers show this.

As of June 6, there were 566 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of these 119 patients were hospitalized, and 14 patients total were admitted to the I.C.U. There have been no COVID-related deaths reported since May 27, and on that date just one death was reported.

How can a count of 119 hospitalizations from a total of 1.6 million residents of Alameda County justify the return to the indoor mask mandate?

I have reached out to Dr. Moss and am still awaiting his response. If he responds to my request, I will be sure to submit a follow-up.

— Robert Vergas