With the expected vote tomorrow – Tuesday, July 20 — over whether or not to extend SunCal’s exclusive agreement to negotiate a development deal with the city, we can expect more fireworks from politicans, community members and outside organizations over the future of Alameda Point, and (not to mention) other issues.
It seems that the Lena Tam vs. Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant debate is eclipsing a few items, which a kind assortment of Alameda residents have shared with me via e-mail, phone and other forms of polite conversation:
1. The vote over the major SunCal issue — namely its plan to develop Alameda Point, Measure B — failed roughly by 70% (about 15% for and 85% against).
2. The residents of Alameda clearly believe we can do better than what we’ve got; we also deserve a forum for moving forward to define what “doing better” is and how to make it happen.
3. A project that so divides a community — or at least some politicians in that community — may no longer be in the community’s (and the politicians’) best interests.
4. The economic foundation for a massive project/development does not exist at the present time.
5. Maybe — in the interim — the city leaders should spend some time defining what is and isn’t confidential information and what the city could be doing to expand or at least fully protect residents’ freedom of information, including access to city e-mail records for longer than 30 days.
Then, residents tell me, we can hopefully all get back to focusing on the real “Alameda Point.”