Fiction: Measure A is a means to prevent newcomers from living on the island.
Fact: This is simply not true. Neither Measure A nor it's advocates
prevent newcomers from moving to the island and occupying any of the existing resale or rental housing stock, nor new construction created in compliance with Measure A. As of the year 2000 U.S. census, the population mix of Alameda was 6.2% African American, 26.1% Asian, 9.3% Hispanic or Latino and 26.1% foreign born persons, representing a dramatic shift from the majority white population of pre-Measure A days.
Fiction: Measure A supporters are anti-development and 'stuck' in the 1950's.
Fact: Not true. Like the original framers of Measure A in 1973,
current Measure A supporters favor moderated development that doesn't permit land developers to run roughshod over residents' quality of life. Young and old people, newcomers and long-time residents alike support Measure A. For the newcomers, the quality of life in Alameda that drew them here is in fact the fruit of Measure A. If anything, it is the Measure A critics that are stuck in the past - they echo 1960's urban renewal slogans that espouse "progress" in the form of high-density and high-rises. Measure A supporters aren't anti-development, they just want development that fits on the island.
Fiction: There is no affordable housing in Alameda.
Fact: Market forces drive home values and rental rates, and due to the geography and climate, housing is expensive all over the San Francisco Bay area relative to many other parts of the country. The City of Alameda provides Housing Assistance
http://www.alamedahousing.com/hsg_asst.html for Alameda residents through administration of the Section 8 housing program in Alameda, and also with First-Time Home Buyer Programs, including Free Home Buyer Workshops and a Down Payment Assistance Program. By law, new developments must set aside 25% of new homes as affordable housing, whereas 'affordable' is defined relative to the median income of the city.
Fiction: Alameda is a city of elitist home-owners.
Fact: As of the time of this writing, in the summer of 2006, the
housing stock consisted of 50% multi-dwelling/rental units and 40% single-family homes.
Fiction: The problems of 1973 have no bearing on what we face today.
Fact: Again, as of the time of this writing, there are at least ten
major land development projects on the slate for Alameda,
encompassing thousands of acres of land and millions of square feet of commercial, residential, and retail construction. If land
development in Alameda doesn't look like it's a problem today, it is because of the success of Measure A. Turning back Measure A today would permit developers to go back to the drawing board and exponentially expand the density on those millions of square feet of planned development.