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November 1, 2013

Forgot the title!

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Landing, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Two days ago the City put out a press release that was pretty shocking because they really didn’t mince around with words about the topic, here’s the click worthy headline:

Stupid Flier & Facebook Page Aimed at Scaring West Alameda

Here’s the whole thing:

There is a flier and Facebook page being circulated in Alameda “warning” people that a US Customs Examination Station is coming to the West End.

This is NOT true.

A small group of people are gathering petition signatures in front of the new Target store to fight the US Customs Examination Station from coming to, apparently, West Oakland. It appears that they are purposely misleading Alamedans in order to get signatures by asserting that the Station is coming to Alameda, next to the Target store.

Neither the flier nor the Facebook page has any attribution. Whoever is behind this effort clearly does not believe in accuracy, facts, or truth.

Perhaps the point is to draw the person out who created the Facebook page and the fliers, but the City definitely was not coy about how they felt about this.   So here’s a copy of the flier:

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And of course, a Facebook page.

There IS a company out at Alameda Landing that is a Customs Examination Station, but they appear to be a private business.  From their website:

Bobac C.F.S. Corp has been in the trucking and warehousing business since 1984. The company has grown to encompass a comprehensive service for the import/export community.

Our Alameda warehouse is located at 300 A Avenue and has over 341,000 square feet of warehouse space. It is capable of handling over 100+ containers at a time.

This facility is a Customs Examination Station designated by U.S. Customs that is also approved to handle USDA and FDA examinations.

Given the approval of the housing units across from that location and Catellus’s future plans for more retail and office space, I imagine that the industrial usage for that location probably won’t stick around for much longer.  From the sounds of the flier and the the fact that the Facebook page uses a really old graphic from the SunCal days of Alameda Point redevelopment and the fact that the location is question is Alameda Landing and not Alameda Point, I’m guessing that this flier and Facebook page was not actually created by someone from Alameda.   Probably someone from West Oakland who wants to stop the Customs Examination Station from coming into a warehouse space in West Oakland and relying on Alameda’s love for signing all things petition-y to get the West Oakland proposal bounced.

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4 Comments

  1. I know a couple of the people hired to leaflet and wield petitions. They seem just as clueless as to why they were hired at $16 an hour to do that (since a genuine grassroots effort would use volunteers). So your theory about who’s behind this is certainly plausible.

    Comment by Jack Mingo — November 1, 2013 @ 6:43 am

  2. I have communicated a little bit with the creator of the west alamedan page. I was dubious of its purpose since 1) it led off its coverage of all things west alamedan with a fake story and 2) it appeared to be propagated by a group of residents who came together on nextdoor to complain about poor people living and going to school near them.

    However after corresponding with Alan, it appears his intent at least is to make it a forum for very different neighborhoods to find common ground. I would chalk up his mistake in posting the false CES story to the naivety of someone unfortunately falling prey to others who took advantage of his wanting to become involved in the community. I encourage folks from all parts of west alameda to become involved in the WAG page so that it is truly representative of the diverse community that makes up West Alameda.

    Comment by Doug Biggs — November 1, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  3. So today I went to feed the dogs and I could smell smoke in the air. I went to one of our front bedrooms and it was stronger….So I saw a guy in the park and he said it was some house behind the park. I don’t know if it was Bayport or Coast guard housing or the old empty navy apartments next to them. What are they going to do with that old navy apartments….it is probably some of the most underdeveloped and best land in Alameda?

    Comment by joelsf — November 3, 2013 @ 8:12 am

  4. @ #2 – In my opinion the jury is still out on that page. Every post I’ve seen from that person on NextDoor has been coming from the “everyone’s against the West End” and “we are a dumping ground by City Council” perspective. Its a very defensive stand to take and not particularly productive IMO. Alan and a small group on NextDoor have shared a lot of strong views that not everyone on the West End or in BayPort shares. Many of our neighbors are no longer even on the site because they’ve found many of the comments so offensive and divisive. So while I agree with you it would be nice to have a site or group that represents the diversity and needs of the West End, my “Likes” are not going to tag along with that particular one, at least not with the current leader and stream of comments.

    Comment by BayGirl22 — November 5, 2013 @ 2:50 pm


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