Readers sound off new housing and traffic and women in government.
After commuting on and off the Island for over 40 years, all I can say is that it has already been overcrowded before all this new building [“Alameda’s First High-Rise?” April 2017]. Getting in and out and around town is terrible. On Buena Vista where I live, you cannot get out of the driveway when they shut down the tube. What happens if someone needs to get to a hospital?
They must build another bridge at the west end of the Island to accommodate all the new housing going in. People are not going to stop driving; they will just park their car away from the housing in other crowded residential neighborhoods and will still have cars and drive—you watch.
Doreen Icanberry-Young, Alameda
I don’t think a single housing unit should be built until it can be shown how we are going to be able to provide the infrastructure, including school access and another bridge or another tunnel to accommodate the increased traffic. Just because we have open space doesn’t mean we should add housing while parents currently have to do lotteries to get their kids into school.
Terri Abrahamson, Alameda
Congratulations to all of the very prominent women [“The Oakland Sisterhood,” April], and thank you to them for your service and hard work. You make us proud.
Mar Sea Oro
Thank you for taking the time to highlight and celebrate the work of our city government. With national news outlets relentlessly focused on dysfunction at the federal level, this is an antidote to despair. Here is to strong, progressive, smart public servants!
Faith Elizabeth Fuller, Oakland
Soon, I hope, we can leave behind all the rhetoric around “the first African American, the first woman, the first black woman, the first Asian, the first gay, lesbian and all the rest of the ‘firsts.’” Individual achievement is what we need to value. Continuing to cling to these “turning points” and “landmarks” does not serve to erase bias nor prejudice; it only serves to further divide our society.
In April, we reported that Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of the ’60s band The Zombies were reuniting for the 50th anniversary of Odyssey and Oracle at the UC Theatre. The reunion included all four surviving members of the band: Blunstone, Argent, Chris White, and Hugh Grundy.
Published online on June 13, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.