June, 2006 Newsletter

Welcome to the HOMES e-newsletter! HOMES is a grassroots citizen’s group dedicated to preserving Alameda’s character at the Alameda Point redevelopment site. We believe that by offering a variety of homes in lively, mixed-use neighborhoods, Alameda Point will offer the historic feel, cultural richness and economic vitality that make Alameda such a wonderful place to live.

In This Issue

  1. League of Women Voters Council Request: Place An Initiative On the Ballot
  2. Attendence Critical At Upcoming Meetings
  3. Necessary Framework For Alameda Point

League of Women Voters Council Request: Place An Initiative On the Ballot

By a vote of 18 to 10, the League of Women Voters on June 24th voted to send a letter to the Alameda City Council asking that an initiative be put on the November 2006 ballot to let the voters decide whether or not to exempt Alameda Point from Measure A. In this letter, the League commended the Council for including the public in the planning process for the Point, but urged the Council to allow the public to continue to participate by having a voice in this vital matter.

Attendence Critical At Upcoming Meetings

*July 5 City Council
*July 10 Planning Board
Both of these meetings present opportunities for speaking up about allowing Alamedans to fully participate in the planning process for Alameda Point by having a say about Measure A as it pertains to Alameda Point. These meetings also represent opportunities to discuss the need for a regulatory framework around Alameda Point to ensure that development reflects a “seamless integration” with the rest of Alameda, a point called for by Alameda citizens and reflected in the General Plan.

While neither of these topics is likely to be placed on the agenda, supporters are encouraged to speak to these during public discussion sessions.

Necessary Framework For Alameda Point

There is understandably much concern about alleviating the constraints of Measure A for Alameda Point. We saw the destruction of beautiful homes for poorly planned apartments in the 1960’s. We’ve heard about the pre-Measure A plans for high rises across Bay Farm Island.

This is not what we want to see at Alameda Point and Measure A should not be relaxed for Alameda Point without a specific regulatory framework in place. Such a framework would ensure that development was in character with the Alameda that we love. For example, it would set limits for density, building height, development of diverse housing types reflective of traditional Alameda Island, provide for reuse of historic buildings, and require usable open space and a transit plan.

In 1973, Measure A rescued Alameda from changes that irreparably marred the landscape of some Alameda neighborhoods. The irony is that today, 36 years later, this charter amendment will do the exact opposite of its intention: it will require Alameda Point to be developed in a way that is totally out of character with the Alameda landscape it was designed to protect. It will require that the Point be developed in Livermore-style suburban single family homes with no corner markets or living space over retail and with car-dependent, rather than walkable, neighborhoods.

With a Measure A exemption supported by a firm Regulatory Framework, we can all be proud of what could be developed at Alameda Point.

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Alameda, CA 94501

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HOMES Steering Committee:
Helen Sause, Co-Chair – 510-521-3940;
Diane Lichtenstein, Co-Chair – 510-523-1115;
Susan Decker, Secretary
Michael Krueger, Treasurer
Doug Biggs, Daniel Hoy, Tom Matthews, Bill Smith