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March 6, 2018

P.S. stands for post script

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Just to get an idea of how some Alameda Point business people and spouses of elected officials feel about the Site A project, this email (included in the packet) is rather vehement in its lack of support for any development at Alameda Point and — somehow — manages to not understand how the infrastructure improvement would happen if Site A is allowed to go forward.

Essentially it is the perfect blend of strong opinions with complete lack of understanding of the topic at hand, you know, ‘Merica! Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, this email is a public document.

The subject line: I DO NOT Support Site A

But first let me give you the other Alameda Point business person counterpoint:

Dear Mayor Spencer, Council, and City Manager:
Joe Ernst gave a brief GOOD NEWS talk to the Alameda Pt. Merchants Association yesterday,
and we are thrilled.
As a 17-year tenant in 2 different buildings, I look forward to getting this long-delayed project
under way.
Third time’s the charm, and Joe has the staying power to make this happen.
We look forward to ground breakings, and project completions.
The future for Alameda Pt. and Alameda looks bright!
Thank you for your consideration, and continued support.
Peter Dreyfuss
Bldg. 29 – 1701 Monarch
Alameda Point

But back to the angry letter. The text:

Dear Mayor Spencer and City Council;
Becca Perata asked that we send the Council our support in regards to Site A.
I can’t. Unlike the majority of the developers & Union Labor who want to build & PROFIT from this project and DO NOT actually live here on this small ISLAND, I am not in favor of any more building whatsoever. I live here and own a business on Alameda Point, where there are so many problems with the infrastructure currently, I can’t imagine what more construction will do. The character our city & quality of life is quickly diminishing before our eyes. Sadly it’s no longer the sleepy little beach town it once was, heck, people don’t even know their neighbors. I am NOT in favor of further residential building or traffic or noise.
We don’t need more cars and we definitely DO NOT need a freeway coming thru the middle of town! I know the argument, the all the new building will bring more funds to repair the infrastructure problems.. yeah right, after working here for 15 years, I just do not believe it. We don’t even have street lights. Somehow any extra funds will be squirrelled away to pay benefit plans for all those public safety employees who don’t live here.
Stop selling us short. We’re sick of it.

I’m happy to invite my employees, (20 of whom actually live in Alameda) to this meeting and they too will have a thing or two to say in regards to yet more building and traffic on the Point. It shouldn’t take 25 minutes to get thru the tube! I probably know 1000 people of that live here in town and if all 1000 people came to a meeting and asked you not to build it, I personally don’t think it would stop anything. That’s HOW BROKEN this system is.

I vehemently disagree and will be delighted to share my perspective & opinion at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.

Ps – Please don’t burn down my house.

Most sincere regards,

Kelly Kearney
Alameda Point Business Owner & Franklin Park Resident.

The PS is the most tinfoil part of the whole business.  First of all, post scripts are added to the end of letters after the signature line, not before.  If it’s before the signature line it’s part of the original body of the letter.  And second, holy shit: “Please don’t burn down my house”?

Also, this business owner clearly has no understanding as to the infrastructure plan or how that gets funded when it comes to a development such as Site A.  I wonder if there’s someone who is associated with the City government that purportedly works around financial stuff could provide more information to this business owner.   There must be someone out there that could do it over dinner or a series of dinners…  Ah well.

Also fairly sure that the big selling point of Alameda Point Partners was that Joe Ernst is an Alameda resident and would develop Site A with the eye and the heart of an Alamedan, but that would destroy the outsiders narrative that was so painstakingly cultivated in this gem of an email.

Anyway, tonight, City Council.  I’m going to go with a no vote from Trish Spencer (obviously) and a reluctant “yes” from Frank Matarrese since there are a ton of businesses (other than the one above) at Alameda Point who are super supportive of Site A.  If there’s a PLA in place Jim Oddie and Malia Vella should be yeses.  And Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft should be a yes as well.


  1. What makes angry letter more laughable is the fact that this business owner and her spouse own about 8-10 cars that they constantly move around the park all the time because they have no other place to keep them. This is not uncommon for this woman to go ballistic over something she truly doesn’t understand, oh the stories that many “Franklin Park Residents” could tell.

    Comment by Franklin Park Squirrel — March 6, 2018 @ 6:30 am

  2. You are nominated for majority whip

    Comment by MP — March 6, 2018 @ 7:08 am

  3. Totally in favor of deepsixing tinfoil hats.

    Everyone knows what that the notion of tin foilhats has been cliche for a while. It’s more of a symbol, a metaphor people use to swiftly discredit the validity of an argument or idea, to quickly label it is an unfounded conspiracy theory.

    Comment by Jack — March 6, 2018 @ 7:28 am

    • How is adding a non postscript postscript asking for her house not to be burned down a valid argument?

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 6, 2018 @ 7:41 am

      • Re valid: Or idea. Plus it’s about as valid as this: “‘Merica! Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist,”

        Comment by Jack — March 6, 2018 @ 8:36 am

        • Context is important. The whole line is:

          Essentially it is the perfect blend of strong opinions with complete lack of understanding of the topic at hand, you know, ‘Merica! Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, this email is a public document.

          It seems to be a uniquely American attribute to have very strong opinions on a topic even when you show a glaring lack of knowledge about the topic at hand. (see example in original post). Also, wanted to provide a warning to folks who might have an issue with publishing an email from a citizen that the letter is public record. Two separate ideas, blended together by you with selective cropping.

          Also not sure how making an arson allegation against sitting elected officials is a “valid” argument, but you do you.

          Comment by Lauren Do — March 6, 2018 @ 8:58 am

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          Don’t know how unique, or uniquely American, it is, but one comes across it a lot, even in Alameda.

          Comment by MP — March 6, 2018 @ 10:55 am

        • Just out of curiosity, do you call Saigon, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City? It was on the news today.

          Comment by Jack — March 6, 2018 @ 6:40 pm

      • How is Lauren Do so totally unaware of the influence wielded by the the AFD in our elections? Maybe she should bone up on current events. Read the news once in a while.

        Comment by vigi — March 6, 2018 @ 11:59 am

        • I recommend the Alameda SUN, the Alameda Journal, and Alameda Merry-Go-Round, Lauren.

          Comment by vigi — March 6, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

  4. If Franklin Park Squirrel is correct about the Kearneys’ excessive car ownership, Kelly Kearney needs only to look in the mirror to see the cause of the “traffic” problem she cites.
    And I would love to hear how Kearney might suggest thgat we pay for the desperately out-of-date infrastructure at Alameda Point.

    I agree with Peter Dreyfuss: Ted Ernst’s project for Site A is GOOD NEWS for all of Alameda.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 6, 2018 @ 7:47 am

    • And you’ve been following Alameda development so closely. Jon S, that you forgot his name is JOE Ernst.

      Comment by vigi — March 6, 2018 @ 11:56 am

      • Vigi,

        I had a pre-coffee and senior moment earlier today. Ted Ernst is a good friend of mine from the bicycling world and Joe is an Alameda ally and friend. I do know the difference between them – including the roughly 30-year age gap between them, as Ted is 82 – but often transpose their first names. I can and do distinguish between them eventually: at least I do not confuse the City of Alameda with the fictional Mayberry or the “sleepy little beach town” it never was… 😉

        Comment by Jon Spangler, League Cycling Instructor #3175, League of American Bicyclists — March 6, 2018 @ 2:35 pm

  5. Alameda does need to worry about building anymore housing because the top two contenders for Governor want developers to build 500,000 homes a year for the next seven years in California. So by 2025 there will be enough housing for everyone and the need to build out Alameda Point will not be needed. It has been over 20 years since the base closed so holding out for another seven years should be a piece of cake.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 6, 2018 @ 7:48 am

    • California is a big state, Mike McMahon. With the US News-documented worst quality of life in the nation. Those houses don’t have to be crammed into the Bay Area.Put them in the Central Valley or NorCal.

      Comment by vigi — March 6, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

      • Yes, make them commute to their Silicon Valley jobs from Manteca. That way vigi will have a beachfront home in no time.

        Comment by BMac — March 6, 2018 @ 4:45 pm

      • Well my attempt at sarcasm did not go over very well.

        As for the quality of life study it is amazingly focused on only two dimensions: natural environment and social environment. Top ten states include: 1.) North Dakota
        2.) Minnesota 3.) Wisconsin 4.) new Hampshire 5.) South Dakota 6.) Mississippi 7.) Arkansas 8.) New Mexico 9.) Iowa and 10.) Colorado

        Comment by Mike McMahon — March 6, 2018 @ 4:56 pm

  6. And when City Council reviews the Lime Bike trial they should be aware Lime Bike is piloting an electric scooter version as competitors believe some people want to move around a city without sweating.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 6, 2018 @ 7:54 am

  7. She says she recognizes the infrastructure problem, so what is her suggestion to fix it if not the current scheme? Substandard water and sewer service and a public catering business seems like a bad mix. The implication of this letter is that when the alternative is “25 minutes to get through the tube!”, the business owner is willing to make the sacrifice.

    Comment by brock — March 6, 2018 @ 9:54 am

  8. Wrong, again. Lauren Do. “outsiders narrative” ? Uh, did you miss the part about 15 years at AlPo? This is Kelly Kearney, as in Kevin Kearney, our city auditor. You can disagree with her opinion, but she is far from an outsider. And as for all the people who hate the Kearney’s classic car collection…you illustrate perfectly that Alameda is NOT a warm loving close-knit town where “everyone belongs here”.That slogan is pure unadulterated CRAPOLA, promulgated by hate-filled liberals who can’t stand anyone who doesn’t share their viewpoint.

    Personally, I like seeing a different vintage perfectly restored MG or 1956 Chevy parked every week in the City Hall parking lot. Each one is a work of art. The cars are immaculately maintained, and as the above Franklin Park residents attest, they follow the law and keep moving the cars every 72 hours. [they’re not rusted clunkers like the ones that keep moving around Mastick!]. It’s a public street, y’all. If you want a private street, move to Bayport.

    “Please don’t burn down my house” probably references how the AFD is insidiously taking over many city buildings at AlPo.. Lauren Do has probably never been to City Hall West, but the AFD now occupies half the first floor, eliminating the former conference room that the RAB [and others like the Audubon Society] used for decades after the base closed. The parking lot on the side with the handicap ramp is always full of Fire Department vehicles which are apparently now stored there. It used to be parking for visitors attending meetings in the conference room. Now we are all forced upstairs. … which reminds me, Memo to Liam Garland: Stop locking the only handicapped entrance to the building when the RAB meets after 6 PM! Wheelchairs and walkers cannot go around to the front and climb the stairs. Don’t subject the City to another ADA violation lawsuit.

    Comment by vigi — March 6, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    • Vigi, What Lauren wrote was factually correct: you got it backwards when you criticized her.

      You must have misread or misunderstood Lauren, who referred to “the outsiders narrative that was so painstakingly cultivated in this gem of an email” — the email having been written and sent by Kelly Kearney. It was Kelly Kearney (not Lauren Do) who played up the “outsiders narrative” here: ” Unlike the majority of the developers & Union Labor who want to build & PROFIT from this project and DO NOT actually live here on this small ISLAND…”

      As far as that goes, Kelly Kearney’s “outsiders narrative” assertion was falsely based, insofar as Joe Ernst lives in Alameda and his kids attend(ed) school here. (Others involved in his development team also live on the island, if memory serves me correctly.)

      Comment by Jon Spangler, League Cycling Instructor #3175, League of American Bicyclists — March 6, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

      • Compared to the number of others involved in this project, like Thompson Dorfman partners, Joe Ernst IS is the minority, even if he is the face of the project. I agree that most of the developers & others working on Site A will be from outside Alameda. At least they’ll have the fun of driving thru the tubes every day.

        Comment by vigi — March 6, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

  9. Obligatory relevant song to make even the tinfoil hat brigade shake their booties…

    Comment by Rod — March 6, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

    • Talking Heads would melt tin…they use aluminum

      Comment by Jack — March 6, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

  10. Not in favor of any more building whatsoever….

    According to today’s news, even Kim Jung Un has abandoned (temporarily at least) this type of negotiating posture

    Comment by MP — March 6, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

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