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August 27, 2018

Blast from the past: rules for you but not for me

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

From February 1973:

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  1. “Protect Alameda’s Environment” is an intriguing and ironic phrase on a few counts:

    – The message is placed on a visually polluting billboard that has been made illegal.

    – People — especially more of them — are apparently the enemy and the perceived “pollutant.”

    – The “pollution” is meant to include multifamily housing and the people who live in them, despite the fact that multifamily housing residents generally use fewer resources per person (including transportation ones) than people living in single-family homes. (This was known in 1973.)

    – The “environment” that proponents wanted to preserve is a white-ruled and white-dominated enclave that many people still call “Mayberry.”

    – There was nothing in Measure A that addressed air pollution or toxic chemicals in the physical environment.

    – The “dogwhistle” is loud and clear.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 27, 2018 @ 8:11 am

  2. Thank you for posting “Blasts from the Past” on the passage of the 1973 Measure A housing ban. The officers of the Committee of Concerned Citizens spearheading the measure were Ines Kapellas, President, Joan Narahara secretary, Mabel Cinelaruo, treasurer, and Frank Ratto, coordinator. The Ratto family’s involvement in Alameda politics continues to this day.

    Does anybody have additional details on the roles of the three women leading the Committee of Concerned Citizens in Alameda politics before or after 1973? Or of Robert Zimmerman, a citizen who wrote a persuasive letter to the editor opposing the housing ban? The City Council at the time, led by Mayor Terry Le Croix, opposed the housing ban.

    For more background on who supported and who opposed the housing ban refer to James Reginald’s (now Rasheed Shabaaz) UC Berkeley senior thesis (

    Comment by 2wheelsmith — August 27, 2018 @ 10:04 am

  3. So? It’s a campaign sign, that everyone knew would come down after the election. No worse than the thousands of cardboard campaign signs that get plastered all over the place before every election to this day.

    Comment by vigi — August 27, 2018 @ 10:17 am

  4. Bill, I think his name was Reginald James, not James Reginald.

    Comment by vigi — August 27, 2018 @ 10:20 am

    • Vigi, You are right, Reginald James is his former name. Thanks for correcting my dsylexic mistake.

      Comment by 2wheelsmith — August 28, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

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