My descision to enjoy an evening cup of tea at Peet’s came to an abrupt and disturbing end last Saturday. I had forgotten our city’s newest restaurant "Capone’s" was opening that night. As a tee-totaler I don’t frequent the bars here.
Just before 9 p.m. I noticed people spilling out onto the Central Avenue from Capone’s. I knew something was up when seemingly every police car in Alameda arrived on the scene.
When the officers told the owner that he needed a permit to take over one of our city’s busiest interestions a fight broke out. I was told that the owner then assaulted one of the officers, not the kind of behavior I expect to see in my city.