Letters to the Editor: Why we should thank Mayor Gilmore

Letters to the Editor: Why we should thank Mayor Gilmore

Letters to the Editor

With the transition in city administration, there have been letters regarding the legacy of outgoing Mayor Marie Gilmore. In the recent letter to the editor titled “How I’ll Remember Mayor Gilmore,” Rion Cassidy describes a City Council meeting in early December when the development of Site A at Alameda Point was considered and the process by which the meeting took place. There were more than 50 citizens who asked to give their opinion to the council that evening, and Mayor Gilmore chose to give everyone the chance to share their views in turn, with the session running well past midnight.

She and many others who serve our community have given countless hours to hearing the views of their constituents on development proposals across the Island and on Bay Farm, and I have seen the thoroughness of their efforts firsthand. A unanimous "yes" vote by the City Council, led by Mayor Gilmore, hardly constitutes a mayorship of “no” as others have described it.

The people spoke on November 4 and the new administration reflects those views. But in the rush of some to, as William Buckley put it, stand athwart history yelling “stop” regarding the development and redevelopment of our community – and Alameda’s continuing embrace of smart growth, walkable neighborhoods and cleaner and more efficient transit – we can’t overlook the contributions made by those who have served us in the past. How I’ll remember Mayor Gilmore’s administration is as one that moved Alameda further along the path of planning and progress into the 21st century, so that one day when a vibrant mixed-use development sits at Alameda Point beside a natural shoreline and wetlands where the broken asphalt fields and legendary yet outmoded buildings of 20th century industry stand
today, we will remember the policies that gave us that great legacy.

Casey Sparks

Comments

Submitted by Sheboon (not verified) on Mon, Jan 5, 2015

No thanks. I'm glad she is gone.

Submitted by Bluchvon (not verified) on Mon, Jan 5, 2015

I don't believe it. I too am glad she's gone along with Tam and Chen. Russo should think of bowing out as well. He's spent.

Submitted by old native (not verified) on Mon, Jan 5, 2015

Thank you Mayor Gilmore. Many of us will miss you.

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Mon, Jan 5, 2015

At least I won't have to see Marie hanging on Jeff DelBono's shoulder in photos for a while!

Submitted by neil (not verified) on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

Wow, there are some sour and sore people around. Good grace in victory is surely a little less demanding of people's moral character than good grace in defeat.

Submitted by steve (not verified) on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

Good riddance

Submitted by Gail (not verified) on Wed, Jan 7, 2015

The one thing I would like to thank her for was not demanding a recount. I will remember her every time I travel home via the Tube and have to look at that embarrassing Safeway gas station and Alameda Landing. A black mark for Alameda.