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May 24, 2022


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

I dunno if you all caught this in the comments sections from yesterday but Joe Ernst of SRM Ernst posted this:

By the way these are super nice buildings if you’re not familiar with what’s going on at Alameda Point. It’s now Almanac Brewery and Kairos Power/Firebrand. This is the preservation award referenced in the comment. It would be nice if some of the public serving buildings got into the action of removing their fancy AAPS plaques as well because, as stated by Joe Ernst, if AAPS is going to allow itself to be weaponized by a small subset of its members then perhaps those plaques shouldn’t be given the prominence and reverence that the plaques once conveyed.

Here are some public buildings that should follow the lead of Joe Ernst:

A lot of these structures are under the control of the City of Alameda. The least our City leaders could do would be to cover these plaques on the property they control until AAPS sorts itself out. The City has taken a stand on supporting vulnerable folks in our community. If an organization is allowing itself to be used to block efforts to help these folks, well, certainly they do not deserve to remain a prominent and respected organization in our community any longer.


  1. My first direct interaction with AAPS as a body was in 2018. I invited Chris Buckley to the library event i hosted about Measure A. We spoke afterwards and i mentioned to him the plaque at the Central Substation, and how it omits that part of the property had been owned by the Hackett Family. He invited me to a meeting, where the same person who signed the Carmen Reid’s AAPS letter was hostile towards recognizing the Hackett family and suggested Native Americans needed to be recognized too. Ironically, when Chochenyo Park was considered, they opposed that too.

    Anyway, i hope to sort out what happened to the Hackett home on Grand Street this summer, and will reach out again to AAPS and AMP about their collective omission.

    Comment by Rasheed Shabazz — May 24, 2022 @ 6:34 am

    • I’m sorry to hear about your experience. That seems totally on brand for Karen Lithgow, unfortunately. I’m hoping she gets a chance to redeem herself by making this right.

      Comment by A Compassionate Alamedan — May 24, 2022 @ 9:11 am

      • Thank you; however, that is not who I was referring to. But I appreciate the heads up.

        Comment by Rasheed Shabazz — May 24, 2022 @ 1:41 pm

  2. Sorry to hear that Rasheed. I agree, don’t give up.

    My experience when I approached the organization many years ago to assist me with my very first Victorian restoration project — was that I had a better response from certain individuals.

    It was George Gunn that helped me with the research on my house, and it was an individual member of AAPS that suggested I become a member. However, after attending my first meeting – I didn’t feel welcome. So instead, I took classes at the Cameron Stanford House in Oakland – and received loads of support and help with my restoration project.

    I would reach out to the Alameda Museum and show them your work on the Hackett House (if you haven’t already done so) and try and convince them to dedicate a space in the Alameda Museum for your work.

    It’s way past time for these organizations to recognize and include your work in the history of Alameda.

    Comment by Karen Bey — May 24, 2022 @ 7:46 am

    • Thank you, Karen. I appreciate the encouragement.

      I am hopeful the Alameda Museum, among others, will take concrete and lasting efforts and become more inclusive in narratives and representations of Alameda’s histories, and address some of the harms they have all participated in.

      Comment by Rasheed Shabazz — May 24, 2022 @ 1:45 pm

  3. There are at least two separate versions of AAPS that exist, both propping each other up to achieve their own ends. Nobody should take the comments of anyone claiming to speak as “AAPS” seriously because anyone can claim to do so without reprucussion. And President Karen Lithgow and leader Christopher Buckley’s input should be treated for what it is: worthless and having even less integrity than the Wellness Center complex that they are demanding be declared historic in order to hurt people in need.

    What a legacy for them, they should be so proud

    Comment by Tony's People — May 24, 2022 @ 8:24 am

  4. Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals tactic #13

    Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

    Comment by Observer — May 24, 2022 @ 11:25 am

  5. They are about to open Storehouse Lofts on the base. I think they did a great job on those. I am looking forward to seeing more of the base buildings restored or repurposed. They are repainting a few of the old hangers/buildings grey, I hope they choose a few different colors. They painted one over by Bay Ship dark green with white trim and it looks great.

    Comment by Joe — May 24, 2022 @ 4:49 pm

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