A LETTER from Heather Little

To the members of the Alameda City Council and Planning Board,

As members of our city leadership, I would like to ask if the concept of “maximum capacity” is a part of your decision making process when considering the numerous, high density development projects that are either underway or close to being underway all across our island? I recognize the need to allow for incremental growth and “do our part” to address the ever increasing population of the Bay Area, but the current rate of growth currently planned for our island far exceeds what is required by the Association of Bay Area Governments. In their current projected plan to address population increases over the next 8 years, the City of Alameda is only required to increase our population by a total of 1, 723 persons which you can see very clearly in Appendix C of their Regional Housing Need Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area: 2014‐2022. Yet we are potentially going to be meeting this increase requirement with just one of the projected planned projects!

With this in mind, I know we have room for development, but unlike most other bay area cities, our unique geographic circumstances lead me to believe that we have already exceeded safe levels of maximum capacity that is a required safety measure for all confined spaces.   Particularly for central and western Alameda, where all residents primarily use an aging tube to vacate, this is of extreme concern. I would request that we start remembering that we live on an island, a confined space, which requires some measure of discussion about what our ultimate limits and abilities to accommodate truly are. The argument that we “already don’t have enough egress off of the island to safely address the needs of the current population in the event of a major catastrophic event, so why should it matter if we add more?” doesn’t sit well with me.

If ABAG recognizes that incremental growth, 1,723 additional persons over 8 years, is sufficient to the needs of the bay area, why the hurry to build, build build? How are you prepared to address the traffic and parking congestion that is taking place across our city now, let alone after these multiple density housing projects are finished? You say you want to encourage a “green” city by reducing the ability (or desire) to have a single occupancy vehicle (car) yet I, as an avid cyclist, walker, scooter-er don’t see this city doing anything tangible to reduce car dependence. Where are our 0 pollution days? Our commute to work days? Our bike to the grocery days? Come on city leaders, we need more action and less talk.

Heather Little

Home owner

Plan! Alameda supporter






The record according to Gilmore

Denise Lai:

Regarding Mayor Gilmore: “Even a Congressman in the old “pork barrel” days couldn’t boast of a more impressive record.” – Robert Sullwold

Originally posted on Alameda Merry-Go-Round:

Protector of the Golf Complex.

Fund-raiser for Alameda public parks.

Advocate for open space.

Who fits all of these descriptions?

If you said, Bill Delaney, chair of the recreation and parks commission and president of the Alameda Friends of the Parks, your answer is accurate – but it’s not the one we’re looking for.

The correct answer is, “Why, Mayor Marie Gilmore, of course.”

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Trish Spencer for Mayor

Denise Lai:

What Mr. Gorelick said. AGREE 100%.


Originally posted on ahdboardeg:

For what it’s worth, I will be voting for Trish Spencer.  For the good of Alameda, the cartel that runs Alameda politics is BAD(TM) for the city.

1.  They give too much money and power to the fire department.

2.  We only don’t notice how much money/power the police have because the fire department is so much more powerful, but there is too little oversight of the police budget as well.

3.  The present administration is way too cozy with developers.

4.  The clique that surrounds and supports the present administration (Lauren Do, John Knox White, Karen Quick, etc.) are fatuous at best and bullies at worst.   They will generally dismiss/attack legitimate concerns ignoring the fact that the city is headed towards bankruptcy and overdevelopment.

I’ll keep this short because I doubt anyone cares and I am classified as being on the cranky fringe of Alameda politics (see #4…

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The Chen Identity

Denise Lai:

An assessment of Stewart Chen’s campaign list of “accomplishments': ” . . . it took more than a little dissembling [for Chen] to assemble such an all-inclusive list.” -Sullwold

Originally posted on Alameda Merry-Go-Round:

So what has Councilman Stewart Chen, D.C., accomplished during the 18 or so months since he squeaked onto Council as the third highest vote-getter in November 2012?

If you look at the list of achievements the Councilman has posted on his website, you might say:  Quite a lot.

But if you look at the list a little closer, you’ll be forced to conclude:  Not as much as he wants you to think.

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Yesterday, Trish Herrera Spencer, current school board member, pulled papers to run for Mayor!  WOOT!

Some quotes from Trish’s facebook page where she announced her run:

“You are everywhere in Alameda I’ve never seen anyone so active with the people. Trish for mayor! For the people and
by the people! Let’s do this!”

Congratulations for throwing in your hat!!!  You can make a difference!!!! You have a lot of people who support you in Alameda – yeah!!!”

“OMG! (we) were just saying that you should totally run for mayor! Congrats!!!”

“You got MY vote sweetie! Let me know if you need help with the campaign, Madam Almost Mayor.”

“Oh my goodness I am so excited! Couldn’t think of a better candidate!”

“Thank you, Trish!!!! What can i do to help?”

“Trish. I’m so excited for you and happy for Alameda!”

“Please post your ACTBLUE fundraising page ASAP so we can get behind you now!”

“Go Trish!! You have my support and my vote!”

The latest financial “snapshot in time”

Denise Lai:

Critically important.

Originally posted on Alameda Merry-Go-Round:

Here’s a question the Merry-Go-Round suspects none of the candidates running for municipal office this November will be willing (or maybe even able) to answer:

When is the City of Alameda going to run out of money?

(Or, to put it more precisely, when is the balance in the General Fund going to go to zero?)

The short answer, based on an analysis by the City’s chief financial officer, is:  Sooner than you think.

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