Whatever the Alameda Point Partners are paying their PR person, they should really double it. While Joe Ernst is a master at massaging the message when it comes to the development plans themselves, the PR people for APP is doing a great job of keeping the messaging strong when it comes to the community supporting the Site A project.
The most recent “get” for APP is the Bay Area Council which has endorsed the project. The Bay Area Council, for those that don’t know, from their website:
The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here.
Founded in 1945, as a way for the region’s business community and like-minded individuals to concentrate and coordinate their efforts, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the regional voice of business in the Bay Area.
Today, more than 275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member.
Essentially if you want to position yourself as pro economic development and pro jobs and things, it will be hard to vote against something endorsed by the Bay Area Council. Add to that the majority of the major marquee businesses in Alameda are supporting Site A and it’s just become really difficult to say, “I support economic development” and yet then vote against the project. From the most recent press release here are some of the other organizations supporting Site A:
Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA), Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Point Studios, Bay Ship & Yacht, Bladium, Brix Beverage, Building 43 Winery, Hangar 1 Vodka, JC Cellars, McGuire and Hester, Michaan’s Auctions, The Last Inch, Navigator Systems, Perforce Software, Pineapple Sails, Rock Wall Wine Co., VF Outdoor