At Odds Over Your Pro-Business, Anti-Activist Stance on Occupy Oakland
Occupy Oakland fans take issue with Alameda Magazine coverage.
Although it made several salient points, and although I like urban revitalization and shopping as much as anyone, I was left feeling very disappointed in the article “Occupy Left a Mark on Broadway” [January 2014]. Its pro-business, anti-activist slant will alienate many Oakland residents who remember that Occupy Oakland was part of a worldwide response to corporate greed, bank bailouts, and real estate foreclosures. Thus, OO was and is an important social movement and should not be characterized by the action of some protesters who took things too far, including property damage to small businesses. Please remember that your readership can think a bit more critically than this piece gives us credit for—not surprising considering many of us are the very activists who participated (peacefully) in Occupy Oakland events.
Rachel Pepper, Oakland
I’m working at Walden Pond Books these days and we just received your latest issue of Oakland Magazine. I just so happened to be standing next to Scott Olsen when we were discussing it. The article “Occupy Left a Mark on Broadway” is inaccurate in every way possible. No protesters died. No violence for weeks. I thought the piece would be all fluff, and imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a mean-spirited inaccurate portrayal of the Occupy Oakland period.
I’ve attached an article that I published with California Northern Magazine in 2011, “The Hungry Got Food, The Homeless Got Shelter” (calnorthern.net/the-hungry-got-food). I’m hoping you can use portions of it for a more balanced and accurate depiction in not only a significant point in Oakland’s history, but the world’s.
D. Scot Miller, Oakland
Editor’s Note: Kayode Ola Foster of Oakland was fatally shot near the Occupy Emcampment on Nov. 11, 2011. Accounts initally did not connect him with Occupy, but police later said he had been staying in the encampment, which was permanently dispersed several days later. Our article identified him as a protestor. There were two separate clashes between protestors and police when the site was disbanded. Olsen suffered a skull facture from a police projectile.
Senior Mobile Home Park
Reading the Pointed Question [“What should the future be for Alameda Point?”] on page 11 [Alameda Magazine January/February] made me wish I was asked, too, because my answer would be “affordable senior housing.” It seems everywhere I turn, I know a boomer concerned about retirement or barely making it in retirement. Places like Cardinal Point and even Independence Plaza are not options for the majority. Could a senior mobile home park go in there somewhere? Affordable, single-level, low-maintenance homes that can help seniors stay in Alameda. Heck, those looking to downsize could sell their pre-Prop 13 home, and the city would generate more property tax with today’s rates. What are the options for seniors here who do not need medical care and want to live independently? Something like that, :-)
Kimberlee MacVicar, Alameda
Corrections and Clarifications
The company name of the general contractor for The Park Alameda was misspelled. [“A Cinderella Story,” January 2014]. The correct information is Branagh Inc.