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November 21, 2022

Community space

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

On Thursday Alameda made baby steps to start acknowledging the, largely, unremarked upon history of the Japanese community in Alameda. Information about the Japanese neighborhood in Alameda is not easily found anywhere, certainly not in our museum which, purportedly, is supposed to contain the history of Alameda but contains more china and dinnerware than I’ve ever seen concentrated in one place outside of, like, a museum in a large city than it does about the non white history of Alameda.

But I digress.

You can check out the remarks from Library Director Jane Chisaki here: https://www.facebook.com/cityofalameda/videos/656589062847021

There will be a total of four markers which, hopefully, will get Alamedans interested in learning more about the history of Alameda beyond Victorians and stained glass and a reminder that parts of Park Street were built on the backs of the Japanese community and what was taken from them during World War II.

The history of Alameda has been on my mind probably because of the shitty line of questioning from Tony Daysog during the Housing Element discussion when he either couldn’t remember the history around litigation and A/26 or he was being deliberately obtuse. It literally could go either way with Tony Daysog but, again, the only real benefit of having someone on the City Council for a really, really, really long time is for institutional knowledge so that mistakes of the past aren’t repeated. The problem is that when that legacy City Council person is Tony Daysog, well, you might as well be getting some one who has never paid attention to anything going on in the city at all. That’s the sort of vibe that Tony Daysog has been bringing to the City Council since he was elected in 2018.

And, here’s the thing, if Tony Daysog did or does feel as though A/26 would survive a legal challenge, he had a third vote ready and waiting last year when outgoing City Councilmember John Knox White said that he would support a legal challenge to the RHNA allocation which would put A/26 in the mix. Neither Tony “fine, let them sue” Daysog nor Trish “People’s Mayor” Spencer took that offered third vote to move forward with this.

So now, it’s up to ACT, who has already brought in an attorney to send letters on their behalf regarding the approved Housing Element to decide if they want to move forward with a lawsuit to attempt to halt the process of Alameda’s Housing Element certification. Maybe A/26 is so important that they’ll jeopardize everything we’ll just have to see if anything is done before the end of January or if this was just a lot of bluster on the part of a group who believes their needs and wants should be centered in every and all conversations around housing and development in Alameda.

2 Comments »

  1. Library Director Jane Chisaki is an Alameda treasure. Back in the 80’s, her weekly children story time at the library was a big deal for our children. It was an exciting event they looked forward to in their weekly routine. Even today they have fond memories of her.

    Comment by libraries are good for kids — November 21, 2022 @ 6:46 am

  2. There is a stone marker with a plaque on the corner of Clement and Walnut for a Japanese American baseball field that was here in Alameda. The inscription says:

    Alameda Taiku Kai
    (Alameda Athletic Club)
    During the years 1916-1938 this was the approximate location of home plate of the Alameda Japanese American ATK Baseball Field. Games were played on week-ends against other Japanese American and top flight semi-pro teams. It served both as a recreational and social gathering place for the Japanese Community. This plaque is proudly dedicated in honor of the players and their loyal supporters.

    Comment by JohnB — November 21, 2022 @ 9:06 pm


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