Blogging Bayport Alameda

July 28, 2022

Checking it twice, part 10 (page 5)

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

Turner, Paul Venable. Campus: An American Planning Tradition. New York and Cambridge: The Architectural History Foundation and MIT Press, 1984.

The whole book is available, I’m not reading it, but these are the architects who are referenced in the book:

And a quick search shows nothing about maritime schools.

Turner, Paul Venable. Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco. Yale University Press. 2016. p. 199. My link is broken to the table of contents I found but page 199 is in the “Notes” section of the book and not in the body.

Again, yet another batch of filler words that, if removed, would not affect the nomination at all since it’s all meaningless fluff and has nothing to do with the actual maritime school itself.

Uribe & Associates. Draft Historic and Archeological Resource Protection Plan (HARP) for Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, Monterey County, California. Prepared by Michael Corbett and Denise Bradley for Western Naval Facilities Engineering Command, July 13, 1994. Could not find exact links but found two adjacent ones: http://npshistory.com/publications/corps/ca-mil-bldgs-1.pdf https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/36738553.pdf

Zero reference this school at all in the nomination.

U.S. Air Force. Interim Guide: Treatment of Cold War Historical Properties for U.S. Air Force Installations. June 1993. Interim Guide has been replaced. Unsure why this old doc is cited because it’s unavailable. These are the references to the Cold War but the argument has not been made how this site would have been key to the Cold War:

According to this document:

Does the average citizen recognize the old Federal Center as “emblematic of that time and struggle”? Nope. Not only that it was “routine support facilities that would have been present…with or without the Cold War.”

United States Congress, Congressional Record, Vol. 166 (2020), House Resolution 5671, Public Law 116-125: This is a listing for a Congressional Gold Medal to all Merchant Mariners. Relevance is tenuous as are a lot of these citations.

U.S. Maritime Service. Information Booklet. War Shipping Administration Training Organization, 1944. On file at the Alameda Museum. Many thanks to folks who have helped me source some of the references I had difficulty finding. This was one.

The Alameda references in the booklet:

The booklet is pretty interesting, worth a skim but it shows that training was happening everywhere on US coasts. There doesn’t appear to be anything particularly notable about this school training officers because every facility had its own speciality but the bottom line is they were churning out bodies to feed the war machine.

5 Comments »

  1. Many residents of Alameda are proud of their family connections to American history and gather to honor America on holidays, proudly display flags, and appreciate our heritage. Maybe you are not one of those people. But nonetheless, you live in a community that doubled in size due to WWII, drive on streets named for American heroes, and must observe children go to schools with mascots and memorials all stemming from Americans sacrifices to keep the world free. Yet you write cynically and dismissively about this school “churning out bodies to feed the war machine” as if all sacrifices were inconsequential or mistaken.

    It’s fine to perform a neutral fact check, but your blind eye to Alameda history, bias and spin to achieve a goal for your client and political allies is glaringly apparent.

    Comment by Good Swimmer — July 28, 2022 @ 8:21 am

    • Love it. bush-era 2003 jingoistic “either you’re with us or you’re against us” division. Way to tell the Vietnamese-American woman that she’s “not one of those people,” that was a klaxon alarm of a dog whistle, even my parents’ deaf brichon frisé heard that one.

      We live in a country that people fought hard to keep free, and that means free to look at things with a critical lens to bring the truth out. One of the greatest things about this country is the belief that we must perpetually build a more perfect union, that tacit acknowledgement that things are not always great and we must work to correct them. Lauren Do is doing that. What the fuck are you doing, Denise, other than shamelessly wrapping yourself in the American flag and thinking that would make you impervious from getting called out for your bullshit?

      Comment by Mediocre Swimmer — July 28, 2022 @ 9:27 am

    • Ya, I agree “churning out bodies to feed the war machine” feels inappropriate. Occasional personal comments about the California historic preservation employee also feel inappropriate. However, 99% of the time Lauren is sharing pertinent information in a way that you can verify. That’s not spin.

      The real cynical and dismissive use of this history is Carmen Reid creating a fake nomination. As an Alameda resident, I feel Lauren’s anger at Carmen for trying to block the will of Alameda voters supporting the wellness center in two ballot measures. As a vet, I feel insulted by Ms. Reid.

      Comment by pro-wellness center — July 30, 2022 @ 8:05 pm

    • That’s quite a leap from “You don’t revere history” to not supporting making The USMS School an historic site, with a side trip to “Where are you from? No, really, where are you FROM?”-type racism.

      Alameda history is one thing. Preserving some buildings that have been deemed unimportant historically, in order to prevent the Wellness Center, is just … unsupportable.

      Comment by Jennie VH — August 1, 2022 @ 1:40 pm

  2. What client? I’m intrigued who you think Lauren’s “client” is.

    Comment by Swimming — July 28, 2022 @ 11:48 am


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