Alameda, CA

Alameda City Council to discuss anti-sideshow legislation

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By Ian Firstenberg

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) Residents of the old military housing in Alameda are taking issue with the growing number of motorists taking part in the sideshows around the area and are hoping that the city council will do something about it Tuesday night.

The sideshows, which typically include drivers doing donuts at high speeds in an attempt to churn up as much smoke from the tires as possible, often happen at the large empty cement lots on the outskirts of the island. The former military housing, which has since been converted to residential dwellings, is the only surrounding housing.

Doug Biggs, executive director of the homeless shelter program the Alameda Point Collaborative, wrote to the council about the disruption. Biggs noted that many of the formerly unhoused residents live at the decommissioned military base around there called Alameda Point.

The letter, which was dated May 18, notes that the request to make Orion a slow street is a "long-standing" one. Biggs elaborates that residents are upset and worried about the speed of drivers coming down Orion and want an immediate solution rather than something that is more aesthetically pleasing and designed to last long term.

"We would hope that the City would consider charging sufficient fees to provide adequate traffic control to prevent illegal activities from spilling over into nearby neighborhoods from the car shows," Biggs' wrote in the letter.

Tuesday night's agenda item will direct council staff to recommend a solution for the ongoing sideshows. The Alameda City Council meets virtually Tuesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. To register for the meeting or provide public comment, click here.

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