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On Point: The new kid on the block

Submitted by on 1, May 22, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

alameda-point-jet1A new political committee has joined the growing list active around the development proposal for Alameda Point. It’s called Protect the Point, and its members are pulling together a host of community groups that oppose the in-the-works ballot measure to develop the former Naval Air Station.

“The group is intended to be sort of a focusing mechanism” for the Point initiative, organizer Dave Needle said, and a mechanism for sharing information about the plan. He said the group includes members of Action Alameda and Keep Measure A, both of which oppose the Point development plan but were not specifically set up to address it.

Its leadership includes Needle, who said he worked at the base until the early 1970s; former City Council candidate Ashley Jones; and local Realtor Rosemary McNally.

Needle said the group’s concerns about the proposed development plan include its financing and potential financial impact on the city, the increased traffic it could generate and whether it’s safe to build homes on the base, which is a federal Superfund site.

So far, Protect the Point and the groups it is working with have lined up to oppose the plan; Mayor Beverly Johnson, City Councilmember Frank Matarrese and Housing Opportunities Make Economic Sense (HOMES) have come out in support of the plan (and I don’t think I have had the chance to tell you about the HOMES endorsement yet, so here’s a link to their endorsement letter, which says the group’s board believes the Point proposal offers “a sustainable, traditional neighborhood” and that it fulfills the community’s vision for the Point).

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