Tonight at Planning Board, the Boatworks Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will get its day in the sun. The plan, 242 housing units shoe horned on to an old industrial site with very little public open space and contrary to…
Almost from the get-go, some folks have tried to claim it was untrue (I guess that I was making it up, despite linking to his statement), and then again at the end of last week, the ever-correct Jane Smythe claimed that Matarrese had changed his mind because his statement was no longer on the web. At the same time, Don Roberts celebrated 20 years of talking about things without knowing what he’s talking about with special guest Pat Bail! Pat repeated the canard that Frank Matarrese had seen the light about Alameda Point because of “All” the opposition to the project (part of the “one-person, one-community-group” strategy to defeat the Point). The ironic proof? Matarrese’s website no longer presents his announcement of his support.
Yet another group has popped up around the Point, that makes 2. Honestly, do Action Alameda, SOC!A, Citizens for a Better Alameda, Keep Measure A Committee expect us not to realize that the contacts for these groups are all the same people? Heck, Gretchen Lipow is listed as a key person for three of them!
Eighteen months ago and later, I suggested that the boosters of the pro-active Density Bonus law in Alameda didn’t really understand what they were pushing, and that it was being used for political, rather than practical purposes.
It seems that there is a small group of people who are upset at the Alameda Point signature gatherers not standing on street corners yelling, “will you sign this initiative to put measure a for the whole city on the ballot thereby ruining our small-town community.” It was surprising to hear who is acknowledging that this is the case.
In today’s Alameda Journal newsletter from “former councilmember” Barbara Thomas which is so rife with bad information that it hints at why she was so spectacularly voted out of office in her run for reelection in 1991. (she received barely 20% of the vote in 1991, just beating Don Roberts for fourth place).
Many years ago, Ms. Bail started a Political Action Committee dedicated to keeping Measure A intact no matter what. It was aptly named “Keep Measure A.” They formed a PAC in order to support candidates that they deemed sufficiently committed to keeping Measure A. Ms. Bail was the Secretary.
Apparently while houses in Northern California create traffic, therefore we should only build commercial properties, in Southern California, commercial development brings traffic.
After a record setting delay in approving the State budget, lawmakers are already finding themselves billions of dollars in deficit, which might be heading towards AUSD and City coffers.
As the ARRA mulls over its options, one will hope that building an economically sustainable project will prevail and we won’t watch five people on a dias start to try and personally rewrite nearly 15 years of community planning because 15 angry people show up at a meeting.