Anyone got a time turner? [Harry Potter reference] because Thursday will be a doozy of an evening for meetings of interest. First up, VA will be holding its meeting about the VA clinic and columbarium at the USS Hornet. I suppose you could hit up the meeting at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to go to the others in the PM, but that assumes that you don’t go to work in the AM and therefore have those afternoon hours free. So 6:00 – 8:00 you could opt to go to the Hornet to put in your comments about the proposed VA clinic.
However, given how far long those plans are and honestly, who really believes that anything that they are going to say is honestly going to change the plan. Really now.
So might I suggest that your efforts might be better spent at another meeting: the Beltline recommendations will be seen and discussed for the very first time before the Recreation and Park Commission, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Although, given the tone and leaning of the staff report it really sounds as though the use type for the Beltline is pretty much a done deal as well. Unless the Aquatics community and/or track community (is there a track community out there?) can build some momentum with some serious financial commitments behind it to carve out some space for the Aquatics Center and/or an all-weather track field.
Much like the arguments during the whole Measure C campaign, an Aquatics Center could be a financial boon to the City if designed properly and it sounds like an all-weather track field would be welcomed by our local high school teams and could free up some space on campuses like, oh say Encinal, for additional portables. Just an idea…
But give that the Beltline recommendations from staff might simply get rubber stamped by the Rec and Park Commission, perhaps your time and effort might be better spent at the Alameda Unified School District’s facilities meeting (6 p.m. Alameda High School cafeteria) on the same night. This process is really in its nascent stages and Thursday’s meeting will be really setting up the ground rules for moving forward with the discussion around the whole facilities issue, particularly the Historic Alameda High School.
If you are really ambitious you could just go from meeting to meeting and try to hit it all of the meetings. But good luck with that.