Pleasant day in town

 

Editor:
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Alameda on business from San Diego. Having grown up in San Francisco and Burlingame, I have always been familiar with your city. I was recently close-by in Oakland for a rare event at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. However, this was the first time I had reason to be in Alameda proper.

My day started at the House of Bagels on Park Street, followed by hours driving around the island (often asking for directions). Everybody I came into contact with was friendly, and I enjoyed all the conversations I had. By traveling from downtown to Wind River to the South and North Loops to the Marina, I was able to get a sense of your community. 

My evening concluded at your City Council meeting. Though four hours long, the meeting was well-managed and productive. Over these past few years, I have attended countless city council meetings all over California. There is truth to the saying that if you want to get to know a city, attend a city council meeting. A city’s character is demonstrated by the character of those who work inside its hallowed halls.

After the adjournment of the meeting, at approximately 11 p.m. your mayor came and introduced herself with a smile and answered the questions that a few individuals had. She was well-informed and engaging. She reminded me of those several Alamedans I had come into contact with earlier in the day.

As a stranger to your town, the mayor welcomed me. I am grateful whenever that happens, which is less frequent than you might imagine. If nothing else it makes me look forward to the next time I visit and, hopefully, the business that will transpire. 

 

Marcus C. Musante