Dear Mayor Bates -
Yesterday I received your monthly newsletter and other articles and your work for the City of Berkeley. I enthusiastically support many of the activities you do and want to thank you for your efforts. In particular:
- Support for recreation activities for the community by your active support of Measure C and the pools plan. This retains and refurbishes valuable community assets which provide Berkeley with healthy activities where kids of all ages have fun. SBI supports this as well.
- Your enthusiastic support for the YMCA's "Very Green" upgrade - a model for other community projects. SBI could not agree more and all of our plans for a renewed Berkeley Iceland use this as a basic principle.
- Securing funding for Berkeley's portion of the Eastshore State Park's Bay Trail is something of which you can rightly be proud. This once again shows your commitment to healthy activities for the community and access for all to those facilities. Finding and securing funding for this worthwhile project was a job well done.
- The spread of Berkeley FIRST to the state shows both your commitment to sustainable resources and the leadership of Berkeley in coming up with creative solutions to community opportunities. SBI supports both these principles as outlined in the plans for the future of Berkeley Iceland.
These were just the programs I saw in my inbox yesterday. There are others, such as the support for creative housing solutions and community resources in the Vision 2020 plan, that I'm sure show more agreement.
Looking at these projects and programs, I was impressed by how much we agree on. These all share elements or principles with the Berkeley Iceland project presented at the 18 May Council meeting and outlined on the Save Berkeley Iceland site. This leads to the question, what is needed to get the same enthusiastic support you show for these very worthy programs for a plan to restore Berkeley Iceland, a valuable community recreation facility, in a creative plan which provides housing in a sustainable, green site?
As I've written in the past, we have a chance for Berkeley to once again show how a community can use its creativity and commitment to seize an opportunity to save a local treasure, Berkeley Iceland. The plan incorporates many of the principles you have supported as Mayor and citizen of Berkeley. How can we get the same support for saving Berkeley Iceland that would help make the goal a reality?
Thank you again for what you have done for Berkeley. We hope you can find the same support for the restoration of Berkeley Iceland to the community.
Tom K. / Save Berkeley Iceland