Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 22, 2018

Mind the wall gaps

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

So I’m going way back to my roots today and writing a little bit about Bayport specifically.  I’ll admit I haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to our local homeowner’s association business mainly because (1) I’ve been busy and (2) there’s so much national level lunacy that issues around permit parking seem so petty in comparison.

However recently someone pointed out to me that in our last HOA agenda (which I promptly placed in the recycle bin and will not do in the future because apparently this Board is going rogue) that there was an agenda item about the sound wall lining RAMP and filling the access gaps.

I found the bit of the agenda item on, where else, Nextdoor.  But by the time I had actively searched it out apparently I missed the HOA meeting.

From a Nextdoor post, the agenda item:

Identify options: fence, wall, close or formalize entries and exits.

Possible sites: Austin St, Pelican Ct, Glenview St, Schroeder Ln, Chipman St

Approve initial budget

So………..

As someone who used to live by a wall gap.  My house was at the wall gap opening on the wall side of the street.  The wall is useful because it helps buffer out some of the street sounds because RAMP is one of the few stupid 35 mph roads in Alameda.   If that side of RAMP had a linear buffer like the Main Street side of Bayport the sound wall would be completely unnecessary.

But guess what’s really unnecessary, removing the emergency and pedestrian/bicycling access in and out of the neighborhood from the RAMP side.  Personally I’ve used those RAMP side access many many times because they’re convenient.  The fact that we have someone on the HOA Board agitating to turn Bayport into a fenced in and gated community is really troublesome.  The fact that no one else on the HOA Board said: wait a sec, maybe we should work group this out first before throwing it on the agenda is ridiculous.  Between this and the, proposed, parking permit (and therefore patrolled) proposal there seems to be a desire to turn Bayport into some sort of weirdo police state designed to make non Bayport residents uncomfortable.

A quick reminder to those who would support making non Bayport residents uncomfortable in our neighborhood.  The reason why the PUBLIC school and the PUBLIC park are in the CENTER of the neighborhood is because Bayport is part of the larger community that surrounds it.  We don’t get to pick and choose who are our neighbors when we buy our homes and we certainly don’t choose who are our neighbors in the surrounding neighborhoods.  But the PUBLIC school and PUBLIC park are open for non Bayport residents and they have every right to use the streets leading to the PUBLIC school and PUBLIC park the way that you use other people’s streets when you, say, go to Park Street.

The irony is that the same people who are advocating for a full uninterrupted wall along RAMP are probably the same people who will wring their hands over Donald Trump’s southern border wall.  For me, the goals of the Trump wall and the proposed Bayport full wall are not dissimilar.  At this point I don’t know how much traction the proposal gained at the HOA level (no one is sharing on NextDoor if they went and what the results are quite yet) but I’m hopeful that if it, somehow, manages to get to the “asking for the City’s approval” level that it gets smacked down, hard.

7 Comments »

  1. my guess would be, if Bayport goes to the city about this issue, you are correct it would get a lot of blow back for sure. trying to encapsulate Bayport would be like trying to encapsulate Harbor Bay Isle.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — June 22, 2018 @ 7:56 am

  2. Omg, are “They” breaching the walls after going to in and out burger?
    You were warned!

    Comment by Al p — June 22, 2018 @ 8:19 am

  3. Shouldn’t this be fact-driven? Is crime in the form of auto burglaries, thefts, incidents of violence, drug sales, shoplifting, vandalism, trespassing, and home break-ins gone up in Bayport? Did the police or security expert recommend it? What happens is that groups of criminals work certain neighborhoods then move on. Alameda is always a target. As you know, few of these types of crimes are ever solved.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — June 22, 2018 @ 9:19 am

  4. Bayport should do what the base did when it was a base, have guards at the entrances and check ID cards issued by the HOA. No card no entry.

    Comment by Jarfree — June 23, 2018 @ 9:03 am

  5. Close the frigging gaps. I’m tired of walking to Rockwall and having to look to my right in order to cross the non ever traffic gaps. I say “build up this wall” Ms Do.

    Comment by Jack — June 24, 2018 @ 6:19 pm

  6. Ask for a copy of meeting minutes from your property manager. If the board meeting was recent, ask for a DRAFT copy. The HOA has up to 30 days to produce the document.
    If your property management company has an online customer portal , digital copies of past meeting minutes and association documents should be available for download.

    Comment by Momo — June 24, 2018 @ 10:49 pm

  7. The sound wall would also be completelyunnecessary if RAMP had a 25 MPH speed limit, which would not kill anyone….in fact, it might lead to FEWER people being killed by spoeeding cars.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — June 25, 2018 @ 7:46 am


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