HOMES Newsletter: February, 2005

1.  Attend the next Alameda Point Community Meeting – March 3rd, 6:30 pm, City Hall.

2.  Victory in December:  City Council Will Consider Non-Measure A Alternatives

3.  October Forum Success

4.  HOMES Notes

5.  Historical Perspective

 

 

Attend the next Alameda Point Community Workshop

The next Alameda Point Community Workshop will occur on March 3rd at 6:30 PM in City Hall.  The meeting will be televised live on Cable TV Channel 15.

 

Our voices have been heard, but we need to continue to speak up!  This meeting will focus on land use alternatives and will be hosted by the APAC (Alameda Point Advisory Committee) and the Planning Board.  Because of the powerful presence of HOMES members and supporters at past workshops, the City is now considering non-Measure A alternatives for Alameda Point development.  Now is the time to look at these alternatives and determine which development plan is in the best interest of our community.  We encourage each of you to come to this workshop, participate in the discussion and give your input.  This will easily be the most important Alameda Point workshop yet!

 

Here’s what the city says about this meeting: “The presentation and community discussion will focus on the four most frequently raised issues in the previous two workshops:  historic preservation, transportation, Measure A, and financial feasibility.  The workshop will explore the tradeoffs between these issues and the implications for the land use plan of adjusting or modifying one or more of these constraints.  The presentation will be followed by a community discussion during which time the public is invited to share ideas, suggestions, concerns and preferences for the land use plan.”

 

 

 

 

 

Victory in December:  City Council to Consider Non-Measure A Alternatives

A big thank you to all of you who have supported our efforts.  It has made a huge difference!  At the December 16 meeting of the ARRA/City Council we called on the Council members so that the citizens of Alameda could consider the best possible options, including  a “smart growth” alternative that may require voter-approved modifications to Measure A.  We called for an open and free exchange of ideas for the Alameda Point community planning process so that the citizens of Alameda could consider the best possible options.  We stressed our belief that consideration of a non-Measure A alternative is essential to a real dialogue about Alameda Point.  And we shared our concerns about the decision we make at Alameda Point, realizing that those decisions will transform one-third of our island and affect all Alamedans for generations to come. 

 

The City leaders heard us and they responded.  Now we have the opportunity to see just what some of those alternatives will look like, at the March 3rd community workshop.  It’s important that we remain committed to our vision and continue to actively participate in the process of Alameda Point redevelopment.

 

 

October Forum Success

Our forum for City Council candidates held in October was a huge success!  We had the largest turnout of any candidates’ forum and the event was covered in the Alameda Journal and Contra Costa Times.  The forum was focused on achieving “smart growth” in future development, specifically around the issue of creating housing of various types at Alameda Point.  Those who joined us in co-hosting this forum and supporting our cause included:  Urban Ecology, Bike Alameda, Greenbelt Alliance, Alameda Transit Advocates, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, and the East Bay Housing Organization. 

 

HOMES Notes

HOMES is fortunate to have so many members and supporters dedicated to smart and responsible development at Alameda Point.  To organize all that needs to be done, we are committed to the necessary coordination and communication efforts to ensure that our vision for Alameda Point becomes a reality.  We hold regular monthly meetings – the next steering committee meeting is March 8th at 5:00 pm (call 510-521-3940 for details).  Our members are working to build relationships and coalitions around Alameda Point housing issues.  We are attending community meetings and communicating with community leaders.  We are actively seeking funding to support our growing efforts.  And, as with this e-newsletter, we are committing ourselves to regular and frequent communication around the issues. 

 

 

 

Historical Perspective

The city of Alameda had its origins back in 1851 when a 2200 acre peninsula, known as “The Encinal,” was purchased by William Worthington Chipman and Gideon Aughinbaugh.    Early residents settled in three separate communities:  “Old Alameda,” located on the east and around High Street; The Encinal on lands adjacent,” located along the shore of the estuary at the foot of Grand Street; and the “Woodstock” area, located on the west end.  Although each of these communities was distinctive from each other, each included a mix of residences and businesses. 

 

In 1872, Alameda incorporated the three communities under one charter.  Public transportation, business development and recreation along with a focus on being a residential community all helped shape Alameda.  Today, Alameda continues its tradition of “offering many recreational attractions, including tennis, golf, beaches, yacht clubs, marinas, boat ramps, plus numerous parks.  Small business districts with corner markets, antique shops, restaurants, and neighborhood schools add to the area charm.  Civic groups and service clubs, combined with the diversity of its people and the recent addition of technology companies...make Alameda a truly wonderful place to live.” (www.alamedamuseum.org/alahist.html). 

 

We hope to preserve this charm at Alameda Point by advocating for a variety of housing types along with a mix of businesses.  We don’t believe that the walled off, suburban style housing dictated by Measure A restrictions is in concert with the heritage of Alameda.  Rather, we envision that the inclusion of different types of housing along with mixed use buildings will continue the tradition of effective transportation use, economic vitality, open space and recreation, ethnic diversity, and neighborhood vitality that does, truly, make Alameda a wonderful place to live.

 

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