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May 12, 2020

Lack of compassion

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

As I mentioned back in April but it feels like 10 years ago, the Wellness Center haters are going to re-litigate what we already voted to move forward a few election cycles ago. It was a close vote but it wasn’t THAT close that one would contemplate a do-over.   But they’re such weird ballot initiatives with titles that are designed to confuse the general voting population.

The first is: Notice of Intent – Expansion of Open Space at Crab Cove. This we’ve done before and the cost and potential exposure to litigation was already discussed.  Plus the East Bay Regional Park District does not want the developed property/Wellness Center site.  And that regardless of how many times the same folks want to “expand” open space at Crab Cove, EBRPD doesn’t want a space with buildings on it and surely doesn’t want to be involved in an effort to brand buildings as open space.

The second initiative (Notice of Intent – Keep Safe Areas in Alameda) is a lot more squirrel-y using language that we all can, generally, agree with to attempt to “keep safe areas” for pedestrians and bicyclists.  But the real intent is not to “protect” the right of way but rather to further attempt to punish the unhoused in Alameda.

I’m not even sure if this ordinance passes if it will pass muster with the Boise precedence set.  I mean, the ordinance could be passed but the enforcement would appear to be illegal since Alameda probably does not have enough shelter beds for its unhoused population.  The ballot measure appears to be an attempt to stoke negative feelings about homeless people in order to have them vote for the rezoning attempt. The awful thing about this ballot initiative is that it appears to be solving a problem that currently does not widely exist.  Most people who are sleeping rough probably aren’t going to want to be asked to relocate multiple times and will therefore find a place that is not super visible or super obvious.  Other than vilifying people without homes, it’s really hard to find anything positive in either of these ballot initiative attempts.


  1. Otherwise tolerant residents of San Francisco have had it with the homeless, as well as the additional threat of Covid19- lawsuit filed yesterday..

    “The Tenderloin, always a community of tolerance and compassion, is now blighted; its sidewalks are unsanitary, unsafe, and often impassable,” the 38-page complaint states. “Open-air drug sales and other criminal activity, plus crowds of drug users and sidewalk-blocking tents, pervade and threaten the health and lives of all of the Tenderloin’s residents.”

    “Many of the people camping on and occupying the sidewalks do not adhere to social distancing rules for the pandemic,” the complaint states. “They congregate in large groups in close proximity, without masks; they do not make way for other people who live and work in the Tenderloin who are trying to use the sidewalks; they sometimes display hostile and threatening behavior.”

    Of course, that would never happen in Alameda…

    Comment by Nowyouknow — May 12, 2020 @ 8:31 am

    • Has it occurred to you and the other Trump worshipers that none of the rest of us like what you post? As in what you seem to write is pretty much the most pure and refined type of horse manure? Like I said- there are PLENTY of other web sites and blogs where you guys can go and heap everlasting praise upon your dear leader, show off who has the largest Trump flag, and “own the libs”. I bet you’d be happier there too. Got it?

      Comment by john doe — May 12, 2020 @ 8:44 am

      • I agree, “nowyouknownothin” has as much credibility as his cult of trump leader. plus he or she is a real hater .

        Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — May 12, 2020 @ 10:13 am

  2. Why do some people insist on trying to revisit issues that have been settled by the courts and the voters? Isn’t it the definition of insanity to try and use the same failed strategy over and over despite obvious failures in the past?

    As to NowYouKnow’s comment: it has been explained and shown repeatedly — to the voters’ satisfaction and to our elected City Council’s — that the Wellness Center will *reduce* problems of homelessness in Alameda by providing homeless and at-risk seniors a place to get off of the streets and on their way to finding housing. Raising the shibboleth of the #Covid-19 virus changes nothing about the Wellness Center’s ability to *increase* Alameda’s ability to help people in need — by getting them off the streets.

    Isn’t that way people like the anonymous NowYouKnow want?

    Comment by Jon Spangler Spangler (not a pseudonym) — May 12, 2020 @ 3:40 pm

  3. Wondering if Covid will help or hinder collection of signatures. My thought is people won’t want to touch their filthy pens or listen to the BS coming out of their mouths. But that’s just my guess.

    Comment by michonnekatana — May 12, 2020 @ 11:32 pm

  4. I am pretty sure these two new initiatives are funded by the owner of the shopping center at Central and Webster, who has been bankrolling the other efforts. He is only interested in his business interests, AKA, his money, and has no reason to consider the plight of the medically needy this facility will serve. As long as he can successfully leverage the fears and hate of some of the neighbors to give him credibility as to “local concerns”, he will continue as long as his money holds out. I say we start a “Decline to Sign” campaign and use the social media to post our opinions about refusing to sign and burden the City with more costs for another election cycle, attorneys, etc. on Facebook, NextDoor, whatever blogs we read, etc. Plus word of mouth of course.

    Comment by Kate Quick — May 15, 2020 @ 3:38 pm

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