Johnson, deHaan oppose Measure A
This election is going to be Alameda’s! Funnest! Ever! Why? Because the folks at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters have assigned the ballot order for SunCal’s Alameda Point development initiative, and since it’s the first measure to hit the ballot in 2010, they’re calling it … Measure A. Oh, the irony! Oh, the headlines!
Okay, I’m calm now.
So the whole point of this post was to share the ballot arguments for and against the initiative – Measure A – which were due Monday. Perhaps the most interesting thing about them is who’s signed them – East Bay Regional Park District president Doug Siden, HOMES’ Helen Sause, Perforce’s Christopher Seiwald, Alameda Little League president Ron Matthews and library supporter Honora Murphy for, and Mayor Beverly Johnson, Vice Mayor Doug deHaan, City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy, Chamber of Commerce president Blake Bryd0n and local real estate broker Dennis Pagones against.
I’d reproduce them below but I want to give you the language without all the icky sharing of people’s home addresses and phone numbers. So here’s the cut and paste. The argument for:
The Naval Air Station at the western end of Alameda permanently closed more than 12 years ago. Since then, many plans have been developed, but little progress has been made to transform the base into a safe and productive part of our city.
Costs to maintain the crumbling infrastructure and decaying buildings at Alameda Point continue to grow, making it a burden on the City of Alameda and Alameda taxpayers. After decades of military use, the Navy is cleaning up the contaminated soil and groundwater; however, the site’s aging buildings are contaminated, and the roads, sewers and utilities need to be replaced.
Now, there is a unique opportunity to further clean up Alameda Point and make it a vibrant part of our community, without cost to current Alameda taxpayers.
World-renowned planners, with input from citizens of Alameda over many years and through dozens of public workshops and community meetings, have developed a plan to create a green, sustainable, transit-oriented development at Alameda Point.
If approved, the plan will:
*Remove decayed buildings and further clean up the toxic waste
*Improve public access to water and create bayside walking and biking trails
*Provide 145 acres of parks and open space
*Preserve historic structures
*Build a new ferry terminal
*Bring new businesses and jobs to Alameda
*Build recreational and sports facilities
*Build a new library, fire station and school
This plan will NOT cost existing taxpayers. In fact, the City requires that the plan must pay for itself.
The plan to revitalize Alameda Point is supported by community and business leaders, environmentalists, seniors and residents. Please visit www.alamedapointcommunity.com for more information.
Now it’s up to you to help make this plan a reality and decide Alameda’s future. Vote YES on (Measure A).
Doug Siden, Helen Sause, Christopher Seiwald, Ron Matthews, Honora Murphy
And the argument against:
VOTE NO ON MEASURE (A)
A BAD DEAL FOR OUR CITY
Like many fellow Alamedans, we want to see Alameda Point developed so this historic area can
be revitalized to benefit the entire city again. Therefore, we do support a smart, economic
development. However, the SunCal proposed development is wrong for the future of Alameda
and for all taxpayers. Here’s why:
Measure (A) is a developer-sponsored measure, by SunCal, that is one-sided. It circumvents City complete control of Alameda Point.
If passed, Measure (A) guarantees the developer the following rights:
Loses $51 milion in fees for our City that would ordinarily be collected from the Developer for basic infrastructure.
Diverts nearly $12 million in yearly lease revenue from our City to the Developer.
Locks in a short fall for public improvements and benefits by $175 million.
Guarantees SunCal can sell Alameda Point to any developer – immediately – with no say from voters or the City.
Leaves the door open for neglect and blight with no actual development required.
Freezes the Developer’s already insuffcient funding at today’s dollar value for the next twenty- five years.
Approves this development without crucial information on environmental mitigation costs until after this election.
Risks raising other taxes and fees when Alameda Point’s costs exceed the 2% cap.
Exposes the City of Alameda to potential costly lawsuits.
WE CANNOT AFFORD A PLAN that will leave our City and its taxpayers responsible for
millions of dollars if Alameda Point development fails.
WE CANNOT AFFORD TO GIVE any total control and complete oversight of Alameda Point to any developer.
WE CANNOT AFFORD TO FUND any portion of the critical infrastructure and promised
public benefits with your tax dollars.
WE CANNOT AFFORD UNATTAINABLE PROMISES from the developer.
WE CANNOT AFFORD MEASURE (A).
PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE (A)!
Beverly Johnson, Doug deHaan, Kevin Kennedy, Blake Brydon, Dennis Pagones