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    Commentary: A new vision for the waterfront comes out of your participation

    Albany Mayor Marge Atkinson and Vice Mayor Joanne Wile wrote the following letter responding to the commentary Albany’s public funds should not be used on a disappearing waterfront published on Albany Today earlier this week.

    “Both of us, along with all the members of the City Council, have supported a visioning process, so that we can hear everyone’s ideas, including those who think we should do nothing.”

    Dear Readers of Albany Today:

    We are glad to see that Albany’s “Voices to Vision” community visioning process with Fern Tiger Associates is already generating ideas.  We respect Mr. Barnes and Mr. Blanchard, the authors of the latest opinion piece in Albany Today, about this planning process.  We hope that they will participate in the community meetings in their neighborhoods and express their ideas.

    Groups such as the California Climate Action Team have predicted that the sea level may rise up to one meter within the next one hundred years and this would certainly increase the land area that would be at risk for a coastal flood event.  The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is encouraging communities to develop plans related to changing shoreline configurations.

    Both of us, along with all the members of the City Council, have supported a visioning process, so that we can hear everyone’s ideas, including those who think we should do nothing.

    We believe that it is important for us to plan together for the future.  We look forward to participating in the community meetings which Fern Tiger Associates has organized for us.  This is an important opportunity for all of us to speak up about Albany’s future.

    Thank you.

    Marge Atkinson,
    Mayor, City of Albany

    Joanne Wile,
    Vice Mayor, City of Albany

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