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September 14, 2006

City Council Candidate Profile, part 2 of 6: Ashley “Ash” Jones

Filed under: Alameda, Election — Lauren Do @ 6:23 am


Ash Jones is running for City Council, there are only two seats for six candidates.

At a young 75, Ash Jones recently won a swimming competition, as reported by the Sun.

On July 14th, the Sun ran an opinion letter, by Ash Jones, stating:

Last night I spoke to the city council about the issue raised by the League of Women Voters that would exempt the development of Alameda Point from the restrictions of Measure A. The idea is so blatantly pro-developer that it makes me wonder what is going on with the League.

But the thing that really gets me going is regarding a second point I made. I said that it was my guess that there is radio-active material on the land and that we, as a city, should not be too quick to take it over from the Navy. As I was walking back to my seat the mayor said, “We know there is radioactive material on the land.”

The mayor knows there is radioactive material on the former Naval Air Station. Has this been made public before last night? Where was I? There is so much information being withheld from the citizenry, it makes me wonder who our officials represent.

I’m glad there is an election coming up in November. Maybe we can make a few changes in the way things have been going on in our fair city. As The Music Man said, “We’ve got trouble – right here in River City.” Let’s get together and see if we can do something about Alameda.

And his, candidate statement:

I graduated from Stanford University and earned a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University. After my honorable discharge from Underwater Demolition Team 12 (USN) in 1957, I moved to Alameda.

I am running for Councilmember because I believe the citizens of this community need another voice on the Council. A voice that believes in the uniqueness of our small town atmosphere and a belief in a quality of life that does not buy into the idea that “bigger is better.” It isn’t.

I worry about being able to get into and out of Alameda if we develop it out to what is proposed by some. I think Measure A is a protection against over-development.

Have you ever wondered why we have so many closed sessions of the Council on issues that affect our lives? When something is brought out into the open it is too late to mobilize and block what has been decided. I’m for openness in government at all levels.

My candidacy for Council only has the meaning behind it that you the citizens of Alameda give it. Without you I am an individual. With you we will be heard.

Additionally, Ash Jones was not at the Democratic Club forum last night, so he is not a Democrat.

If anyone has more information about Ash Jones, please feel free to add it to the comments section.  BUT…if you do post something, please make sure to cite your reference and add a link so that others can reference it. 


  1. Ash Jones is a Green, check out his, and other candidates responses to the Greens questionaire, online at:

    Comment by John Knox White — September 14, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  2. Mr. Jones,

    I have known for many years that there is radioactive waste on the former navy base. This is no secret to anyone that has followed Alameda news at all. Maybe you have missed the reading every local paper for the last ten years, Where have you been? Do not speak in public without knowing the issues. It makes you appear ignorant. That would not be good for a serious candidate such as yourself.


    Comment by Deborah — October 2, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

  3. Radio-active waste at the Point? Right … and I have a bridge to sell. It is one thing to be concerned about the environment, but it is sheer lunacy to spread falsehoods to bolster your case. Deborah Overfield’s post is hilarious and so off the mark, it ain’t even funny. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Jared — October 2, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

  4. Yes, there have been more than a few falsehoods floating around — not to mention a good deal of lunacy — this election season, but Deborah’s comment above is not one of them. There is radioactive waste at Alameda Point, as mentioned in this California Department of
    Health Services report

    At Alameda Naval Air Station, located across San Francisco Bay from Hunter’s Point, discrete radium sources are found in much the same burial situation [as the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard]. One landfill area contains an uncharacterized number of discrete radium sources as well as toxic materials and unexploded ordinance.

    The source of the contamination is the radioactive element radium in radio-luminescent paint, of the type formerly used to make glow-in-the-dark dials for watches and instruments.

    When people hear “radioactive waste” they probably think of obsolete atomic warheads or spent fuel rods from a nuclear reactor, not paint from glow-in-the-dark dials. Of course, the contamination is still quite serious and demands proper handling, but it does need to be put into context in order to avoid needless fear-mongering.

    Comment by Michael Krueger — October 2, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

  5. Nuclear powered ships were cleaned and radioactive waste stored at the Point. Whether the remnants pose more danger than the benzene plumes is not clear.

    Here’s a couple of links that may help:

    If we had some investigative reporters in this town they might be willing to look into this, as well as the cancer rates among coast guard families.

    Comment by NIMBY — October 2, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  6. As Nimby and Michael point out, the many studies and findings regarding radioactive wastes at AP are well documented and widely available. However from my understanding of the reports, the radiation did not come from ships (Alameda Point did very little ship repair – that was done at Mare Island and Hunters Point) but comes from radium dials and depleted uranium shells that were test fired. It’s good to be paranoid, but be paranoid for the right reasons.

    This week there will be 2 RAB (restoration advisory board) meetings to talk about the environmental cleanup of Alameda Point and the FISC (Bayport) sites.

    Wed. Oct 4th at 10 am the FISC RAB will be meeting at City hall west. They will be discussing groundwater contamination, soil sampling being done by the city and other items that might be of interest. The Alameda Point RAB meets thursday night at 6 to discuss the proposed clean up plan for site 1, which is along the western edge of Alameda Point.

    Comment by Doug Biggs — October 2, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  7. Make that Thursday at 6:30 for the Alameda Point RAB. Both meetings are in room 140 at City Hall West.

    Comment by Doug Biggs — October 2, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

  8. As everyone knows in this town,
    Deborah Mitchell is taking
    anti-psychotic drugs. She should
    not even be allowed to say anything.

    Comment by Lee — October 18, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

  9. Sorry Lee your comment is not appropriate.

    Comment by Joe — October 19, 2006 @ 5:14 am

  10. Joe, you don’t know Deborah.

    Comment by Lee — October 19, 2006 @ 9:01 am

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