Letters for the Week of October 9 

Readers sound off on BART workers' wages, CEQA reform, and Bill Aboudi bashing.

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When the Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan was underway and those most concerned with the effect that port-generated pollution was having on the lungs of West Oakland kids and seniors, RiverWatch wasn't in the room, but Bill sure was, along with many other truckers and maritime support groups.

I've admired Bob Gammon's incisive reportage ever since he was up at the Oakland Tribune and began looking more deeply into the port and its shortcomings than any reporter before or since. So I know that the follow-up article he must be working on right now will be more than fair and balanced, maybe even to the point of including some sort of community context when next describing why daylong backups at the terminals are all somehow Bill's doing and not at all a problem that an organization as mighty as the Teamsters could have easily dispensed with long ago.

Steve Lowe, Oakland

"Alameda County DA: We Don't Want Oaklanders in Alameda," News, 9/4

Keeping Out the Black

As someone who grew up in Alameda, graduated from Encinal High School, has lived in East, West, and Central Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Moraga, etc. I can honestly say that keeping "Oakland" out of Alameda is synonymous with keeping out a historically black population. 

Think this is "race-baiting?" Try looking at some of the historical footage of the west side of Alameda (KKK rallies, etc). I seem to recall viewing an "original" home title that specifically prohibited any "dark skinned" person from even cutting the grass on what in most communities would be a small working/middle class home. 

I'm unsure of where O'Malley came from, but Webster Street, especially around the tube, has historically been a shit hole. Even before the closure of the Navy base, Webster was a haven for drunken debauchery, etc. A well-run, Christian-owned burger stand, paying a living wage seems preferable to the Days Inn and all-you-can-eat buffet, poorly lit used car lot, and other eyesores that presently dominate. 

Also, O'Malley, most of the customers at In-N-Out are middle-working-class folks. The thugs frequent Jack in the Box, 1/4 LB Giant Burger, Nation's, or Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles.

Ronald Corbett MacBaker, Oakland


Our October 2 news story, "Who's Jacking Up Housing Prices in West Oakland?," mistakenly attributed two quotes to Margaretta Lin, special projects director in the City of Oakland's Community and Economic Development Agency. It was actually Maurice Weeks, campaign coordinator for Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, who said: "[The activity of investors in Oakland's housing market is] transferring homes where people have lived a long time, raised families, been part of the community, to younger folks, mostly white." Weeks also said "[investors are] taking advantage of the [housing] crisis to accelerate gentrification."

In our October 9 What the Fork column, "Oasis Food Market Plots a New Restaurant," we misspelled the last name of ice cream maker Kim Byers.


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