Ah, former City Council member Doug deHaan, how I have missed his foibles and antics on the dais. But fortunately that just means he has time to go to things like Planning Board meetings and go way over his time limit rambling about businesses at Alameda Landing.
Overall it was pretty hilarious to watch Doug deHaan essentially decry Alameda Landing and Target when it was the City Council — the one that Doug deHaan sat on — that approved the Development Agreements that paved the way for, well, Target.
So a few things, during his comments he said that the Urban Decay Analysis that were commissioned — actually he didn’t say “Urban Decay Analysis” he just said “study” — said that building another grocery store would mean that Alameda was at its peak in grocery stores. I’m not sure that is what the Urban Decay Analysis said since it mostly said, oh all of the grocery store in Alameda are pretty much overperforiming anyway and there’s only one grocery store serving the whole of the West End and 3-4 for the Central and East Ends so opening a Target and another grocery store will be fine.
But here was the best part was when Doug deHaan compared Target to Walmart and decried the wages as “next to nothing” and said they are all just “entry level jobs” and said that these people working these “not even entry level jobs” are lucky if they make $12 an hour.
First of all, when did Doug deHaan become such an advocate for the working class?
And then, really? How much are entry level jobs supposed to pay? I mean, the federal minimum wage is, what $7.25 an hour. The State of California is at $8.00 per hour. The City of San Francisco is at $10.55 per hour. I’m all for establishing a living wage that would make even these entry level jobs equitable, but I’m assuming that Doug deHaan sudden working man concern has less to do with overall wages for workers and more of a “I’m not a fan of Target even though I helped to bring it in” sort of position.
Oh, and all you Beverly’s shoppers, make sure you “waddle” when you are walking through the store because it is apparently so big that when you “waddle” through there, according to Doug deHaan you don’t run into people in Beverly’s. Because it’s sooooo big I guess that means we don’t need the Michael’s at Alameda Landing. I would say we don’t need the Michaels because they don’t sell fabric and Beverly’s fabric selection is so limited, but ladies craft store, they’re all the same amirite? I mean, why can’t you ladies just pick up all your crafting supplies at, like Paganos or something. Multiple hardware stores are a total must in Alameda, but this town isn’t big enough for two craft stores.
Anyway, seeing these rambling public comments makes me miss Doug deHaan on the City Council. But only a tiny bit.
I will add, although not Doug deHaan related but Planning Board Alameda Point Draft EIR related, Board Member Lorre Zuppan mentioned something about needing cars because you aren’t going to take a bike or a bus to buy furniture. This statement struck me, because it’s one that comes up all the time when the discussion around development and traffic arises. It’s one of those incredibly dismissive statements made by people in response to solutions like mitigation and getting people out of their cars, etc and so forth. Because of course, of course trying to schelp to Ikea and pick up a Poang chair on a bike is ridiculous. Although seriously, never say never people…
But yes, there are certain trips where a car is absolutely necessary, I don’t think that is under dispute. But a lot of trips can be made sans car if it is convenient. No one is saying that you can eradicate all car trips if you just put in bike lanes and add bus service, but you can help mitigate the impacts.
But let’s take this furniture shopping thing, for the most part, unless you are going to Ikea, you absolutely can take a bus or bike to buy furniture because of this little thing called delivery. When we bought our new mattress, I didn’t throw it on top of our car to schlep home, we had it delivered. When we bought our couch eons ago, it was delivered. When we bought our first non-Ikea dining room table, we had it delivered. So furniture shopping is absolutely possible on a bike or bus.