I grew up in Daly City and now live in Alameda. The horror stories Im sure are people who are coming from Berkeley and the north bay. If you have fastrak or car pool its about 30 minutes.
I have always wanted to video my commute to the city and back because people find it hard to believe but Alameda skirts all of the major freeways. Occasionally, there are accidents and there's nothing you can do about it but it beats running into an accident on 580, 880 and 24 which just shuts down.