Blogging Bayport Alameda

July 16, 2018

National Horror Story: International version

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Can I tell everyone how much I love this blimp? And the photos of ALL of the British people protesting?

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July 13, 2018

Naming rights

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

If you were interested in doing something to not memorialize the worst of our US History in Alameda, you can start by signing on to the petition to rename Jackson Park.  Because apparently it’s the responsibility of average citizens to initiate these things because our appointed officials coughparkandrecboardcough does not feel comfortable doing anything controversial or something like that.

I didn’t mention because sometimes I forget to go back and make video clips which is typically how I remember to inform you, gentle reader, of some of the more noteworthy bits that are said during these meetings.   But now that I’m reflecting back on one of the last Rec and Park Board meetings where this topic was discussed it’s worth nothing that one of the Board members made a suggestion that the name could be retained if it were accompanied with educational plaques to explain why the name was initially chosen (randomness) and why the name is problematic.

He then brought up a visit to concentration camps in Germany and how they just exist without any educational plaques or narratives about how terrible they are.  The reason for this anecdote was to offer the point of view that negative portions of the history of a nation should and can still exist as a monument of what not to do.

This is a very good point, however…

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July 12, 2018

Real Alamedans of Alameda

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

Remember that Alameda Citizens Task Force meeting attended and tweeted about by local Historian, Rasheed Shabazz?  Well it’s in article form if you’re interested.  It’s particularly relevant in light of the discussions around the Wellness and Respite Center which is actively being challenged by folks through the ballot initiative process.  And since signature gatherers are gonna signature gather everything short of offering unicorns and ponies are being used to get people to sign.

Insightfully entitled “The ‘Real Alamedans'” Rasheed Shabazz references this comment from last year from one of the ACT leaders:

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July 11, 2018

Do not want

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Given the number of signature gatherers being paid by the signature that are wandering out there to place on the ballot an initiative to zone the GSA property from

Administrative Professional to Open Space in order to block the Wellness and Respite Center a quick reminder.

East Bay Regional Park District does not want that facility. the developed property in question for their own uses. [edited for clarity]

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July 10, 2018

Sending you NextDoor

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Does everyone here have access to NextDoor?  If you do, I would recommend going there and making sure your settings are open to more than just your own neighborhood.

Are you doing it?

Then search for “Stewart Chen”

And you will get a doozy of discussion.

Then come back here and we’ll chat about it.

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July 9, 2018

Preferential treatment

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

City staff is recommending that the City Council revise the preference requirements for inclusionary housing units in Alameda.  Because it’s easier to fiddle around with these requirements of who gets these — essentially — lottery units, then actually do things that will add to the supply of housing and therefore help folks who work in Alameda, live in Alameda.  Speaking of which, did anyone catch the piece in the Chronicle about, again, the rise in super commuters?  More on that another day.

This is how the preference points currently are structured:

  1. Living/Working in Alameda. Applications from qualified households with a household member who lives or works in Alameda receive one preference point per household.
  2. First-Time Homebuyers. Applications from first-time homebuyers receive one preference point per household (a first-time homebuyer is someone who has not owned a house in the last three years).
  3. Large Housholds. Applications from large households, defined by a family size that is one person more than the number of bedrooms in the unit, receive one preference point (e.g., a four-person household would receive a preference point for a three-bedroom unit).

(Note: Maximum of three preference points per household.)

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July 2, 2018

Happy 4th of July week

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

Nothing for this week. Enjoy the parade on Wednesday!

June 29, 2018

Path to citizenship

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Looks like we’re going full MAGA around here these days, courtesy of Rob Bonta’s Republican assembly race opponent.

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June 28, 2018

National Horror Story: big heavy sigh

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

June 27, 2018

*Extremely Snape voice* Obviously

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

Oh look.  Yet another study that rejects the argument straight from the gut of so many Alamedans, from the East Bay Times:

Study: Lack of housing means more traffic, not less

This CityMaus Tumblr highlighted all the key parts to the report itself if you want to mosey over there.  But from the East Bay Times:

A new report by housing and transit advocates finds the rejection of new housing developments in the county has led to more, not less, congestion as workers move farther away to find affordable housing. One new home was built in San Mateo County for every 19 jobs created between 2010 and 2015.

Many cities and their residents have fought new development because they are “really concerned about traffic,” said Evelyn Stivers, executive director of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo. But, she added, “not building housing really causes traffic problems.

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