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Editor:
I was extremely pleased to hear that the city Planning Board had approved the master plan for Alameda Marina. 

Alameda desperately needs more affordable, and easily accessible, housing. The marina is an excellent opportunity to not only increase housing but create an exciting new environment along the estuary and open up the property for all Alamedans. 

If approved by City Council, this project will create a significant amount of universally designed housing units with one, two or three bedrooms, built in accordance with Alameda’s Universal Design Ordinance. It would create 200-plus new housing units that are easily accessible to everyone, dramatically improving the chances of people with disabilities and senior citizens to obtain suitable housing on the Island. 

I urge City Council to give the project final approval. 

 

Beth Kenny, Chair City of Alameda Commission on Disability

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to David Greene, the author of a recent commentary (“Voter Takes City to Task,” June 7).

Dave:
I received your email with the attached letter.

We obviously don’t agree with the City Manager’s version of the story your analysis is based on. Unfortunately our leadership wasn’t interviewed due to the lack of transparency the investigator displayed around the investigation.

During Jill [Keimach]’s two-year tenure here we found her to be one of the most dishonest city administrators we have ever dealt with. 

When the Fire Chief’s hiring process was announced this was the first time we had to deal with her on a issue that directly impacted the department, the community and our members. 
Contrary to what your thoughts are, we always take all three into consideration when lobbying for our members.

We are an employee group that has every right to lobby our elected officials. We did everything above board and within the law. It’s unfortunate that this issue went the way it did. We are very happy with the chief that was hired.

We love Alameda and will continue to serve its residents as we have for the past 100-plus years.

 

Jeff DelBono, President Alameda Firefighters Local 689

Editor:
As always, thank you for your wonderful local coverage.

am a little surprised that I have not been able to find where the $940,000 is to come to pay off our latest City Manager, Jill Keimach. It seems most of the payments for this Fire Chief fiasco will be paid in 2019. (This is no reflection on our current Fire Chief, as he seems eminently qualified.) 
What city services will we cut to pay for this dramatic mess?

It seems that every few years we hire a new City Manager. How much does the research to hire one cost? How many city managers has Alameda hired in the past 10 years?

I agree with Irene Dieter (“Missing Thank You,” May 31) that our prior City Manager, John Russo, did a fine job finally getting Alameda Point rolling. However when he got a better offer in Southern California, he resigned suddenly. (On a side note, he has just been let go by his latest city.)

We are blessed in Alameda with an excellent city staff. However, perhaps a form of government with a strong mayor is better. That way, the people directly choose their top executive. The mayor must live here and have a personal stake in our community. Then, if a better offer, or a controversy arises, he or she would be less likely to leave. The mayor would report directly and be accountable to the residents of Alameda.

 

John Platt

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