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April 8, 2019

Calling out the lies

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

To round out all of the local media organizations endorsing Measure A and telling you to say no to Measure B, the East Bay Times made up for their puzzling placement of an opinion piece a few weeks ago which, falsely, claimed that the Wellness Center would end Concerts at the Cove.

From the East Bay Times:

Voters in Alameda’s upcoming special election should reject a ballot initiative from a group of residents trying to block a homeless care facility on the south side of the city.

The idea of park expansion is a subterfuge. The bottom line is that proponents of Measure B don’t want the planned “wellness center” for the homeless. Not in their backyard. Voters in the city’s special April 9 election should reject Measure B.

And voters should approve Measure A, which reaffirms a City Council zoning change to enable the wellness center to move forward. It’s a humane and socially responsible use for the site.

And, no, contrary to an opinion piece published by this news organization, the wellness center on McKay Avenue will not endanger the Concerts at the Cove summer music series down the street at the waterfront.

Then there are the falsehoods in the ballot arguments that are mailed to all voters. For instance, backers of Measure B claim the wellness center deal constitutes a “land grab.” Nonsense. The federal government selected Alameda Point Collaborative, a nonprofit organization, to acquire the property and run the wellness center. This is hardly some big, scary developer.

Voters should dismiss the false and hyperbolic claims of those opposed to the wellness center. This isn’t a vote about park expansion because there isn’t money for it, nor is the park district interested in pursuing it. This is a decision about whether to provide needed services for the homeless.

Alameda residents should do the right thing: Vote yes on Measure A and no on Measure B.

2 Comments »

  1. I was very disappointed this morning to notice a no on A / yes on B sign in front of my favorite Alameda house (the one at the corner of San Jose & Willow). I wish there were more yes on A signs around town, but about a month ago, I tried to get one and was told they were gone, and no more were being printed. (I was given the option of printing out a window sign from the website.)

    Comment by trow125 — April 8, 2019 @ 11:27 am

  2. Prediction: Measure A passes decisively 58 to 42, Measure B losses bad at 41 to 59.

    Comment by anonymous — April 8, 2019 @ 11:40 am


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