I try to keep my personal issues personal, and my professional issues professional. I apologize for crossing that boundary.
I’ve lived in Alameda now for 8 years in total, and continuously since 2007. It’s been a great place for my family. My kids know and play with the kids in the greenbelt from our HOA. They like going over the neighbors’ houses. The schools, while we had our disputes with Lesson 9, seemed to have resolved our differences by working with the community and all perspectives on the issue. Alameda has a small town feel that I’ve come to appreciate over the years after living in the City. People are friendly, helpful, and courteous.
Recently, I was driving home on High Street off of the 880. A black BMW swerved into my lane and hit my grey Sienna. He swerved to avoid someone who may have been sticking out of a driveway. The damage didn’t look too extensive. He was a fellow Bayfarm resident. A local dentist. I thought we could work it out, and I offered to skip insurance and a police report for his sake. There was some crazy activity on the street as it was around midnight, and I felt bad that it surprised him, and to avoid any issues, he swerved into me. I felt for him frankly. I said I would go to a body shop, hopefully it would be cheap, and he could avoid affecting his rates.
I went to a body shop locally that’s well regarded. There was some sticker shock because the entire right fender would need to be replaced. In the night at the High Street Hand Carwash, it was hard to tell that there was a dent and separation between the fender and the door. I sent him an email with the estimate and gave him the option the next day.
He never responded. I called 2 days later. No response. I texted him. He texted back saying “I’m going to call my insurance tomorrow”. I thought it was a done deal. I got a call from his company wanting a statement recorded. I gladly gave it. After, I was informed that he had told them that I ran into him. I was flabbergasted. The insurance company told me it was his word against mine, and they wouldn’t do anything about it at all. They invited me to ask my insurance to back me for arbitration. I filed with my insurance.
Yesterday, I learned he made the same lie to my insurance carrier too. I am both angry and flabbergasted.
I wanted to believe that people in this town would be honest. He’s a local with local clients. Where has the Alameda spirit gone? I’m thankful that our town is becoming a more attractive place to live with the new restaurants and new development. However, after today, I am concerned that it’ll lose its roots and feel.
Does this resonate with any of you? I’d love Alameda to continue to be a better place, a more trustworthy place for all. If so, please show your support. Tweet and re-tweet this with the hashtag #AlamedaSpirit. Comment below. Post your own letters. I am hoping there are others like me left. That spirit is how Alameda can be the sort of place we’d all want to stay.