Honor Mario Gonzalez; Fix Fernside traffic issues
Dedicate park in memory of Mario Gonzalez
To the Editor:
On Thursday, December 14, 2023, the City of Alameda announced that it had reached an $11 million settlement with the Estate of Mario Gonzalez and a $350,000 settlement with Mario’s mother, to settle claims arising from the death of Mario Gonzalez, who was in Alameda Police custody when he died on April 19, 2021.
While no amount of money will ever bring Mario Gonzalez back—and while this project considers $350,000 a paltry sum for the life of a son, father, brother, and caretaker—we applaud this settlement as the first step in seeking justice for Mario and his family.
The City of Alameda, and the Alameda Police Department still have a long way to go repair the historic harms they have committed against all people of color. Even today, the City of Alameda, and especially the Alameda Police Department are still widely known for their unfair bias and treatment of non-white citizens and visitors to the island.
As the City of Alameda and the Alameda Police Department reflect on what this settlement means to the status quo of their enforcement and policing, a permanent reminder should be put in place to help us all remember that every human life is precious, no matter who you are, or where you are from.
We call on the City of Alameda to do three things now:
- Officially establish a park (or “parklet”) at Oak Street and Powell Street, where the Mario Gonzalez Memorial and ofrenda now stands.
- Name that park “Mario Gonzalez Memorial Park.”
- Affirm their commitment to protecting the people who live in, and visit, Alameda from excessive force, harm, and death at the hands of Alameda Police, or while in their custody.
Alameda is Muwekma Ohlone Territory.
Alameda Native History Project
Alameda Native History Project is a Two-Spirit, Native-run Organization based in Alameda, committed to combating anti-indigenous bias and inaccuracies in textbooks, museums, curricula, etc., in the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.
Fernside Improvements Needed
To the Editor:
I would like to see flashing yellow crosswalks at Central Avenue and Fernside Boulevard, and at Garfield Avenue and Fernside. One crosswalk in each area. There is no need to have two crosswalks in each area.
We also need speed bumps at Central and Fernside and at Garfield and Fernside. One each going eastbound in one lane towards High Street, and one each going westbound in one lane towards Otis Drive, for a grand total of four speed bumps. Speed bumps in those areas would really slow down cars that travel on Fernside. Drivers in that area just about always do not come to a complete stop. With speed bumps they wouldn’t have an option.
From Otis to Lincoln school, there is a bike lane in the car lane. Remove it. There’s already a protected bike lane from Otis to Lincoln school.
From Encinal to High continue with the bike lanes that are currently there. Section B is three feet less than section A and C. Why?
My concern is that with all the people buying online and all the delivery trucks, traffic could get really jammed up along Section B with the lanes being reduced by three feet.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Editor’s note: We received a copy of this letter that Ms. Allen sent to the Transportation Commission, the Mayor, and City Council.
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