Thursday, October 29, 2009

SunCal Opposes SunCal’s Alameda Point Revitalization Initiative

Citing concerns that have emerged since he initially endorsed it, Pat Keliher, vice president operations for SunCal's Northern California operation, announced that SunCal has dropped its support of SunCal's Alameda Point Revitalization Initiative.

"We like our plan for Alameda point, but we're just not convinced that we're giving the City of Alameda a sweet enough deal in our initiative," Keliher stated at a hastily arranged press conference, "and with so many people changing their position from support to opposition lately, frankly, we were beginning to feel a little bit left out."

Keliher added that although he had hoped that the City and SunCal could come to terms before the election, he has realized that the initiative should have been worded more vaguely, to allow the City room to negotiate a risk-free deal that will minimize distasteful developer profits. "I was walking down Park St. and this gentleman from Inaction Alameda…no, that's not right…Save Our Sandwiches! Alameda? No, I think it was Save Our Sock-Puppets! Alameda; no, no, wait, it was the Coalition of Sock-Puppets United In Inaction! Saving Our Sandwiches! for a Better Alameda…or was it What's the Point? Well, anyway, after talking with this guy for five minutes, I agreed to remove my signature from the petition and withdraw my company's support for the initiative, and I can say with 95 percent confidence that everyone else in Alameda would do exactly the same thing. He's very persuasive."

The announcement comes on the heels of a series of high-profile reversals that have left Councilmember Lena Tam alone as the only person in Alameda who does not yet oppose the initiative. However, given that Ms. Tam has been known to stroll down Park St. herself, it is most likely only a matter of time before she is buttonholed by a concerned citizen and convinced of the error of her ways. When that happens, Alameda will finally be left with the perfect plan for Alameda Point, the only plan that will never disappoint anyone: a plan that will never be implemented!

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