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File #: 2017-3909 (5 minutes)   
Type: Proclamation/Special Order
Body: City Council
On agenda: 2/21/2017
Title: Proclamation Declaring February 21, 2017 as David Needle Day. (City Manager 2110)



Proclamation Declaring February 21, 2017 as David Needle Day.  (City Manager 2110)





In Memorium

Whereas,                      Dave Needle was born in New York, and made Alameda his home. Dave arrived in Alameda over 40 years ago, in 1974, where he met Margo, his soulmate; and

Whereas,                      he started his career at the Naval Air Station, Alameda (NAS) as an engineer, and went on to selflessly give of himself to the community, drawing on his entrepreneurial spirit to assume leadership roles in groups working to mitigate aircraft noise in Alameda, and to guide development here; and

Whereas,                      a major accomplishment was his detailed analysis of and debate with proponents of the SunCal housing initiative at Alameda Point, that was later defeated by the citizens of Alameda; and

Whereas,                      as a member of Citizens League for Airport Safety and Serenity (C.L.A.S.S.), the citizen group working with the Oakland International Airport, Dave represented participants in the noise settlement agreements between the Cities of Alameda and Berkeley and the Port of Oakland. He wrote computer programs now used by citizens and the airport to track and identify overflights, and helped analyze and resolve the FedEx nighttime cargo noise at Oakland International Airport and the AC Transit bus noise in Alameda; and

Whereas,                      during his career, Dave worked at Tandem and Apple, but it was as a video game designer and inventor where Dave's talents really shined; and

Whereas,                      Dave was instrumental in the formation and success of several hardware platforms, including the Amiga, and two computers he co-created, the Atari Lynx and the 3DO.  As an inventor, he held numerous patents in the video game arena, as well as several other industries; and

Whereas,                      sadly, David Needle passed on February 20, 2016.

Now, therefore be it resolved, that I, Trish Herrera Spencer, Mayor of the City of Alameda, hereby proclaim Tuesday, February 21, 2017 as

David Needle Day


in the City of Alameda and encourage all residents to join me in recognizing Dave’s significant contribution to our community.


Trish Herrera Spencer