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Re: “No on Proposition 93

"What is the alternative? No hospital specializing in pediatric care in the county?"

The hospital has already stated that they WILL NOT CLOSE OR MOVE if the measures don't pass, citizen Craik. This argument is hyperbole.

"The complaints by some neighbors are specious at best - Highway 24 blew the neighborhood apart in the '50s, and BART followed shortly thereafter - why haven't they berated BART about the 4am trains squealing on the turn between Rockridge and MacArthur, or suing the highway department for damage to their health from auto pollution?"

Are you kidding me? This was a predominantly poor black neighborhood in the 50's. How were they supposed to fight a corporation of this size? And, if you ask those few residents who've remained, they put up a fight but were stepped on back then. So, basically, you're saying that we shouldn't fight the further errosion of the neighborhood?

"120 feet rather than down at 35 feet "

The current helipad is behind all of there buildings. This would put it across the street from homes. And the "modest tower" is 196ft tall, not 120. You shaved a third of it's height off.

"The argument by some that this neighborhood is so crime-ridden as to endanger its young patients"

Who's arguing this? I have yet to read a single article that argues this as a reason to oppose the measures.

"If the neighborhood is that scary, you'd think the four affected neighbors would jump at the chance to move to a 'safe neighborhood'"

Pardon, only four people? Where are you getting this number? There are at least a dozen children who will be affected by four years of construction (a 'cautious' estimate by the County Board of Development).

NO on A and B means "no additional taxpayer (they already get MediCal) money for a private organization" that doesn't pay taxes itself.

Posted by Jack Forder on 02/04/2008 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Community of Concern

"All but three residences have been acquired without eminent domain, which the hospital does not wish to use. Losing one’s home can be devastating, but the compensation may enable owners to buy a better home in a location away from a freeway."

This is hyperbole. What constitutes a "better home"? Where are these homes that will, by necessity, be cheaper than the ones we've bought and remodeled? We like our neighborhood. It's not so easy to simply pick up and leave when you've invested so much time and money into a home, not to mention dealing with paying of loans and acquiring new loans in a terrible market.

"Altho Alameda County is fortunate to have it in its jurisdiction, it serves all of Northern California. To help this NON-PROFIT hospital continue to serve very sick children, 2/3 of whom are on MediCal, residents of the County need to VOTE YES on Measure A!!"

They're getting tax money already! That's what MediCal is! They only provide "free care" to about 10% of their patients. And the fact that they're non-profit means they don't pay taxes to begin with and the money they get as profit will go into further expansion.

You're also missing the greater issue of accountability and communication. The hospital has done everything in its power to stiffle community resistence, including equating opposition to killing children in their commercial campaign. (vote yes = cure cancer, vote no = death)

Ms. Roy, I certainly hope that you are 30 years old or younger, a home owner and an Alameda County resident. Because that's who's going to foot the bill for the majority of this bond. It certainly sounds like you've never had to fight for your rights as a property owner.

VOTE NO on Measure A and B...let Children's raise private bonds for their corporate expansion.

Posted by Jack Forder on 01/30/2008 at 12:11 PM

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