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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 • EDITORIAL

Yes on Alameda Measure Z to allow more multifamily housing

"Alameda has an opportunity to be a positive example for a region struggling with a housing crisis. Its citizens should close the chapter on an exclusionary era and vote yes on Measure Z."


- San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board
AFP's Advancing Philanthropy Article: Going Back to School! – The Nonprofit  GuruTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Measure Z A Good Fit

"I am a single person and definitely do not need a 2,000 square foot lot. Many of my neighbors are single, childless couples or have small families, and also prefer to live in a smaller space. Imagine if we all had to live in 2,000-square-foot properties, which is the only type of building allowed under Article 26. Then you would see so much more sprawl and less of the charming Alameda we all love.

I urge you all to vote 'yes' on Measure Z to enhance our vibrant community and to create a diversity of housing options."


- Bronwyn Harris, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Please help make our housing affordable

"Both Penumbra and APC have endorsed and donated to the Yes on Measure Z campaign. They both want the same thing for their employees and residents — the opportunity to live and work in Alameda."


- Doug Biggs, Executive Director, Alameda Point Collaborative
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Open letter from official

"The wealth gap between white and Black Americans has been particularly exacerbated by exclusionary housing policies like Article 26. Indeed, here in Alameda, 54 percent of white households live in a home they own, nearly eight times the 7 percent homeownership rate for Black households.


And now is the time because Article 26 is a vestige of an exclusionary attitude to which Alamedans no longer subscribe. A vote for Measure Z is a vote for equity, access to housing, and racial justice. Please join me in voting “yes” on Measure Z."


- Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember and Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A positive vision

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Alameda voters of another time told us they don’t trust us to make decisions about our city when they enacted Article 26. This year Alameda voters have the chance to say yes to taking charge of our future, begin again to make room for the housing that will welcome all of those who currently are excluded and affirm that we are a community where everyone truly belongs. Voting “yes” on Measure Z removes that exclusionary article from our charter and allows us to have a conversation about the types of homes we need and where we think it is most appropriate to build them.

Vote “yes” on Measure Z for a positive vision of our future."

-David Burton, Architect and former Planning Board memberAFP's Advancing Philanthropy Article: Going Back to School! – The Nonprofit  Guru

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Preserve our community by voting 'yes' on Z

"Article 26 is obsolete, and it’s holding us back from doing what is right by our community. Forty-seven years is long enough. Exclusionary zoning has no place in our city’s charter. Alamedans need housing they can afford before rising housing costs displace any more of our neighbors. That’s why I’m voting yes on Z. I hope you do too.
Please visit http://yesonz.vote."


- Zac Bowling, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Yes' on Z

"first we must repeal the archaic and ultimately discriminatory Article 26 in order for the community to have a say in what type of city we want to be for the next 47 years. The voters of 1973 had their say. Now it is our turn."


- Brian McGuire, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Allow Alameda to live up to its motto

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"A more affordable, inclusive, and livable Alameda won’t have any skyscrapers, and our Victorians will continue to be protected with the Historical Preservation Ordinance. What will change is we can have more of the multifamily housing that is part of our heritage before Article 26, ultimately enlarging our tax base and making good on our motto that “Everyone Belongs.”

Please vote “yes” on Measure Z as soon as you receive your vote-by-mail ballot in October!"


- Joe Anakata, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Another reason to vote 'yes' on Measure Z

"I’ll restate — if you want maximum traffic, vote “no” on Z. If you want minimum traffic, vote “yes” on Z. The number of new units will not go up or down with the passage of Measure Z, all we’re deciding is what kind of housing we’re allowed to have."


- Jason Buckley, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Necessity of Measure Z

"As a young college graduate currently living in Alameda, I would implore those who are on the fence about Measure Z to vote “yes”. Article 26, written well over forty years ago, was created for the express purpose of keeping people of lower income out of our city."


- Reed C. McCoy, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I support Measure Z

"Measure Z will allow more nuanced city planning. More importantly, more housing means more affordable housing and a step towards addressing economic barriers to renting and homeownership in Alameda, barriers that have a disparate impact on our communities of color. Please join me in voting “yes” on Measure Z."


- Jono Soglin, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Vote 'yes' on Z

"Vote “yes” on Z to clean up our City Charter and bring it in to compliance."


- Maria Thorne, Alameda resident
AFP's Advancing Philanthropy Article: Going Back to School! – The Nonprofit  GuruTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Healthy change for Alameda's future

"For an Alameda that better meets the needs of all its residents, I hope my neighbors will join me in voting “yes” on Measure Z, which does one thing: repeals Article 26."


- Philip John James, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Vote Z for flexibility

"Measure Z lets us, the current residents of Alameda, choose what the best types of housing are for today, in 2020, instead of what was 47 years ago. Together, we can build what is best for Alameda’s future. Yes on Z."


- Eric Strimling, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Yes' on Z

"Arguing that repealing Measure A means that all our great homes will be torn down and replaced with skyscrapers is foolish fearmongering. What it does do is give our city planners the ability to create rational plans for housing growth, subject to voter oversite. As such, removing Measure A from the City Charter is the best way to enable good and responsive governance."


- Matt Parker, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Strengthen our community: 'yes' on Z

"Measure Z has zero impact on the number of homes that will be added to our community, but it will allow our Planning Board to deliberately add this new housing in ways that strengthen our community — homes near transit hubs and near struggling small businesses. This is growth that can further reinforce our motto, that “everyone belongs here,” regardless of your ability to buy or rent a single-family home."


- Rachel Lee, Alameda resident
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Repealing housing ban only a start

"The repeal of Article 26 is one step on the road to better planning, if we invest the time and seek the funding to advance affordable, safe housing. Repeal will remove restrictive housing roadblocks to the financial feasibility of renovating Alameda’s struggling business districts and other underutilized land with the addition of apartment and condo choices. Bringing those business districts back to life would be a positive result of repeal of Article 26. Vote 'yes' on Alameda Measure Z."


- Igor Tregub, Sierra Club Northern Alameda County Group Chair
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Outcomes Matter

"Article 26 has led to Alameda having one of the lowest levels of Black home ownership in the State. Black residents make up 7 percent of the Island’s population, but 93 percent of Black residents are renters. That is unmistakably an outcome of Article 26. The outcome matters.

If we truly believe that “Everyone Belongs Here” then restrictive development practices don’t Belong Here.
Vote 'yes' on Z."


- Ezra Denney, Alameda Resident
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Livable, walkable, vibrant Alameda

"When I imagine a future Alameda that’s inclusive and livable, I envision a safe and walkable city with many housing types including small bungalow courts along with low-rise condominiums and apartments, suitable for elders and young families of many income levels.

It’s too bad that we have a zoning ordinance hammered into our charter that hamstrings our community’s ability to make decisions about what housing types could be best suited to various locations in the city. Let’s make a start toward fixing that. Vote 'yes' on Measure Z."


- Gaylon Parsons, Alameda Resident
AFP's Advancing Philanthropy Article: Going Back to School! – The Nonprofit  GuruTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Power, not preservation

"Article 26 isn’t a “firewall” against development, as Boyd claims; it’s a firewall against democracy and self-determination. Fortunately, voters in 2020 have the opportunity to take this power back from Mr. Foreman and his ilk by passing Measure Z, giving us a shot at a more inclusive, affordable and livable Alameda in the future."


- Josh Geyer, Alameda Resident
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It's past time

"We have not yet done all of the work we need to do to repair the harm to this city done by Article 26. Repealing it will not be enough, but we can’t begin without it.

It’s past time to remove exclusionary zoning from our city’s charter. Let’s move forward, Alameda. Vote 'yes' on Measure Z!"


- Kristin Welch, Alameda Resident
AFP's Advancing Philanthropy Article: Going Back to School! – The Nonprofit  GuruTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Z makes Alameda better

We all benefit when we have a stock of housing that’s available for a wide variety of people’s needs and incomes. As an Alameda resident and homeowner, I urge you to vote 'yes' on Z."


- Jennifer Snow, Alameda Resident
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 • NEWS

Yes on Z is long overdue

“[...] Today every city has an allocation for how many units
each city must build. Most cities don’t like it. But
it’s the law and failure to comply will result in loss of
state funds for infrastructure and grants for amenities like
recreation, open space, and services to seniors.”


- Don Perata, CA State Senate President pro Tempore, ret.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 • EDITORIAL

Alameda voters should lift ban on multi-family housing

"In practice, the current charter restrictions have often been ignored, both sides of the bitter fight over Measure Z agree. Thus far, there have been no legal challenges. But that’s not a reason to leave bad provisions that can discourage needed housing on the books.

It’s time to eliminate them by approving Measure Z."


-East Bay Times Editorial StaffAFP's Advancing Philanthropy Article: Going Back to School! – The Nonprofit  Guru

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to clean out the junk

"Article 26 also harms family members and neighbors by limiting the diversity of housing that can be built. Those quaint cottages you see in parts of Alameda? Your elder parents cannot build one to downsize to because Article 26 says those lots are too small. A fourplex similar to ones common among Victorian-era homes where young families can grow up together? Cannot be built because Article 26 doesn’t allow it."

This November, take out the useless and damaging language of our Charter, Vote yes on Measure Z to repeal Article 26.


-Doug Biggs, Director of Alameda Point Collaborative
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 • NEWS

New housing measure on upcoming ballot

"The subcommittee decided to investigate Article 26. City staff released a report that determined Article 26 does not comply with state law... The report also states that Article 26 undermines the City’s ability to implement adopted General Plan policies including expanding the City’s supply of affordable housing for extremely low- to moderate-income households and ensuring equal housing opportunities to prevent housing discrimination in the local market."


- Ekene Ikeme
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2020 • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Actions louder than T-shirts and signs

Do Black Lives Matter to you? If the answer is yes, removing exclusionary housing policies that push out lower income brackets should be a no-brainer. It is an obvious and necessary step.

If your heart aches when you see human beings sleeping on tents on the street, please vote for Measure Z."


- Laura Gamble, Alameda Resident
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