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Editor:
The proposed McKay Avenue location for the Alameda Point Collaborative Wellness Center facilities is yet another example of an Alameda “bandaid” on a gaping-hole problem that includes adding to the existing issue of the city’s lack of available parking. 

The City of Alameda Planning Department needs to take some math classes. Their numbers simply don’t add up on any proposed project where traffic mitigation is involved. Soon to follow this proposed project will be a request from the Alameda Fire Department for more staff, more new vehicles and another boat.

Since the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has plans to develop Alameda Point for its services, it would make sense for Alameda to also develop the Point for other services that might have included the current Alameda Point Collaborative Wellness Center facilities, as some veterans may have need for both services. 

With public bus transportation, ferry service, available parking and shopping more readily available, it would have been a better location to accommodate the need, possible expansion and, at the same time, develop the old base property. It was the U.S. government that created unsuccessful deinstitutionalization in the 1950s and it continues to be a gigantic failure still today. The U.S. government needs to participate to solve this issue. 

Massive tax cuts to the wealthy will not fix the problem for sure. Guess who gets to pay yet again? 
Let’s demand a fresh look at this very old, ever-increasing problem that society continues to ignore.

 

Debra Weiss

Editor:
In mid-March, my third-grade students wrote letters to local businesses and to the City of Alameda regarding environmental concerns.  The letters were part of an Action Project related to the Watershed Rangers program, sponsored by the organization Kids for the Bay. In the first part of the program, a teacher came to the classroom to teach lessons about environmental awareness. The second part of the program consisted of the Action Project, in which students took concrete action related to an environmental concern. My students chose a letter-writing campaign, to the following recipients:

  • Alameda’s Target store in an attempt to switch from plastic bags to paper ones
  • South Shore Safeway in an attempt to have them switch from plastic produce bags to compostable ones
  • South Shore Trader Joe’s in an attempt to have them completely switch to compostable produce bags (they currently offer a choice)
  • The City of Alameda, in an attempt to have “Drains to Bay” plaques placed on storm drains surrounding our school (some are missing).

Though it’s been several weeks, my students have yet to hear back from any of the stores or the City of Alameda. I’m disappointed that no response has been made thus far.

Glenn Aitkens Teacher, third grade, Edison Elementary School

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