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May 23, 2022


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:33 am

More drama in the AAPS department. This is why I adore Andrew Thomas aka the best Planning Director in all of California even though sometimes he says “that’s a good question” to people on the dais when it is absolutely not a good question.

Remember how AAPS either did or did not allow Carmen Reid to use their name for her SHPO/SHRC nomination of McKay Avenue against the wishes of the actual property owners of the site? Well the status of this application makes a difference when it comes to Alameda Housing Element because, guess what, Alameda includes about 100 units from the Wellness Center project in its RHNA numbers. If AAPS wants to have its cake (opposing the Wellness Center) and eat it too (diverting as many units away from “historic” Alameda as possible) they have some explaining to do. And Andrew Thomas asked that question of Christopher Buckley whose name is absolutely synonymous with the letters AAPS round these parts.

This was the response from Christopher Buckley to Andrew Thomas:

So, the chair of the Historic Preservation Action Committee who is the most visible member of AAPS was not involved in the decision to send the letter of support to SHPO/SHRC after the AAPS name was used without the explicit authorization of the group from the start. THEN in those discussions on whether or not to send the support letter which (had the nomination moved forward) would have begun a domino effect of bad things happening the subject just didn’t even come up to discuss the repercussions of those actions.

Man, if I were an AAPS member I would be highly upset that my board is not doing its own due diligence, evaluating what our public actions will mean in the long run, and coordinating with the overall goals of the Preservation Action Committee.

As a reminder, the letter sent to SHPO/SHRC itself was not signed by the president of the Board but, instead, by one of its two Vice Presidents which should have been a red flag in and of itself.

This action of AAPS’s board, by the way, is why we should never, never, ever take someone at their word when they say they support housing, but they just want 100% affordable housing if any housing is built at all because, in the end, they’ll oppose that too. They may find “creative” ways to oppose a project like attempting to historically designate someone else’s property and they may not say they oppose low income housing with their full chest but their dog whistles should be loud enough for the majority of people to hear by now.


  1. Not credible, none of it.

    Comment by Gaylon — May 23, 2022 @ 7:06 am

  2. If AAPS is making an end run around Chris Buckley, it has lost the biggest marker of its integrity as an organization. Chris, ever the diplomat, is trying to be nice to the folks who are
    dragging the organization’s once-proud name into the gutter with the so-called application to “preserve” a site that has already been determined to lack “integrity” as a historic site
    (“the AAPS name was used without the explicit authorization of the group”).

    One definition of insanity is attempting to use the same strategy repeatedly after multiple failures. Is Carmen Reid obstinate or simply crazy? Either way, she most certainly does not have th authority to overturn

    Comment by Jon Spangler — May 23, 2022 @ 9:56 am

    • …the authority to single-handedly overturn multiple City Council decisions or the valid results of a valid citywide election. (Who does she think she is–Donald Tr$mp?)

      Comment by Jon Spangler — May 23, 2022 @ 9:58 am

    • The gossip that’s going around at the EBRPD offices is “there’s a crazy lady from Alameda who’s trying to turn everything around Crab Cove into a historic site.” I sure hope those people are given the full 411.

      AAPS needs to reign in their members and restore integrity and honor, otherwise people will catch on very quickly that it is just a front for unabated NIMBYism.

      Comment by NIMBYs Suck — May 23, 2022 @ 11:08 am

  3. We were very honored to receive the AAPS annual awards for historic rehabilitation of 651 and 707 West Tower Avenue (Buildings 9 and 91) at Alameda Point. We have always found Chris Buckley to be a person with integrity and enjoyed getting to know him better through that process. However, now that it appears AAPS can be weaponized by any of its members with motives other than historical designation, we feel we must take down the award badges we received and placed on the buildings until AAPS sorts this out. We cannot sit by and risk being seen as supporting a group wanting to harm a credible organization (APC) and those most vulnerable in our community.

    Comment by Joe Ernst, srmErnst Development Partners — May 23, 2022 @ 2:38 pm

    • as Developers go you are an absolute “PRINCE”, we are so fortunate to have you here in Alameda. it’s so good to have folks like you with high moral values who support organizations like APC.

      Comment by John P. — May 24, 2022 @ 9:07 am

    • Your post makes me so sad. You have done a great job creatively adapting these buildings and reusing them. Alameda has benefited immensely from your work. When AAPS started awarding Preservation Awards in 1998, the idea was to reward building owners for bringing these buildings back to life, and to educate the community on what these buildings could be with renovation. Originally, building owners received a fancy framed certificate for inside their buildings (or offices), but in 2010 it was the idea that an outside plaque would help the education mission more. AAPS awarded the first plaques for Preservation Awards in 2012..

      It is sad that an organization that began as the Alameda Victorian Preservation Society – AVPS – in 1972, is lending its name to one individual’s quest to oppose affordable housing in our City. When people in their 20s, such as my late husband, bought Victorian era houses in the early 1970s, they were unloved, considered ugly, and destroying them to build something modern was quite popular. Due to redlining, white flight, rezoning, most Victorians except those in the already wealthy neighborhoods could be had quite cheaply. The neighborhood that I still live in was considered blighted and a redevelopment zone, and all of the residences were zoned to be destroyed in a 1960s general plan. People started AVPS, got together once a month at a building on Broadway and Blanding called that I think was called “The Factory” and started self help classes to deal with their decrepit and falling apart old houses, sharing resources to find old house parts that at the time were really difficult to find, It would be great if AAPS returned to this aspect of their history and stopped helping to throw roadblocks in the way of people who are vulnerable.

      Comment by Kevis Brownson — May 26, 2022 @ 11:58 am

  4. As a recipient of one of those awards for our restoration of 1443/45 9th, some time ago, when it was the AVPS, I, am sad that they have joined the forces of darkness in opposing the wellness center and seem to be lacking the will to withdraw their scheme to block it by declaring unworthy buildings worthy of preservation.

    Comment by Kate Quick — May 28, 2022 @ 9:58 am

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