Welcome to the HOMES e-newsletter! HOMES is a
grassroots citizen’s group dedicated to preserving
Turnout is encouraged for the December 7th ARRA meeting at in the Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall. At the October 5th ARRA meeting, a draft PDC (Preliminary Development Concept) was presented and input received from Council members as well as citizens. The PDC was presented as a Measure A compliant plan with an indication that citizens have requested that they want to see what the development could be without the restrictions of Measure A.
This concept is still in draft form. At the request of the Council a final
version will be presented on December 7th. We need your help in attending and
lending support to the advantages of a non-compliant plan. Specifically, let’s let the
Council know that we should achieve the optimum development possible for
League of Women Voters/Alameda Ministerial Association Forum on Alameda Point
On November 16th at , the League of Women Voters and The Alameda Ministerial Association present “Alameda Point, Part II.” This forum will talk about:
· Historic Preservation: What can/should be saved?
· Housing: Affordability – are any groups excluded?
· EIR (Environmental Impact Report): How will we be impacted by this project? Toxic clean-up issue.
· Transportation: Are there creative ways to manage increased traffic?
· Financial Trade-Offs: What are the tax consequences and tax revenue opportunities?
“Alameda Point, Part I” occurred September 29th. At that forum, the topics included the new transportation plans and an overview of the status of the negotiation with the Navy and the Developer. The discussion of the topics was lively.
The November 16th forum will be held in the
Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church,
Members of HOMES have been getting together with members of
several other organizations representing transportation, housing, real estate,
and environmental groups and discussing ways to make optimum development at
Alameda Point a reality. Together,
we’re discussing how to ensure that Alameda Point include a variety of
housing types, usable open space, effective public transportation and viable
neighborhood retail while at the same time preserving the character of historic
Alameda, such as echoing the historic “stations” that provided
clusters of housing around retail with neighborhood transportation
stations. By no means do we want to
see density that is not “seamlessly integrated” with the
In perusing Imelda Merlin’s 1977 book, Alameda: A Geographical
History, one can’t help but notice the surnames of many families from
With today’s rising real estate market, our children
are less likely than ever to be able to continue to call
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HOMES Steering Committee:
Helen Sause, Chair – 510-521-3940; email@example.com
Doug Linney, Strategic Advisor, The Next Generation