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Alameda community:
Spring is in the air, and with it comes a sense of renewal and growth. It’s a great time to take stock of your business and see where you can make some improvements.

Invest in new technology. There are always new technologies coming out that can help businesses grow. Do some research and see if there are any new technologies that could help your business. Maybe it’s time to check out AI?

Hire new employees. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it may be time to hire some help. Look for employees who are skilled in the areas where you need the most help. Maybe an intern?

Expand your product or service line. If you’re already offering a successful product or service, consider expanding your line to offer more choices for your customers. Business partnerships can help you grow.

Branch out into new markets. If you’re only selling your products or services in one area, consider expanding into new markets. This could mean selling your products online or in new stores or to a different demographic.

Spring is a time of new beginnings, so take advantage of it to grow your business. By following these tips, you can set yourself up for success in the months to come.

Speaking of exciting growth…

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the State of the City. What an amazing event! It was an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate all that we have accomplished together. We heard from Mayor Ashcraft, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, and City Manager Jennifer Ott about their plans for the future of our area.

I was particularly impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd. It was clear that everyone is excited about the future of Alameda.

Again, I would like to thank our sponsors, who made the event possible. I would also like to thank our volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make sure the event ran smoothly. Finally, I would like to those of you who joined us in person or virtually, for making the event such a success. Your presence and participation make Alameda a better place.

This week, we’ll be sending out a survey so you can nominate your favorite businesses for our Business Excellence Awards in June.

Exciting things are occurring, and we hope you’re ready to be a part of them.

— Madlen Mirzaian Saddik, President & CEO of Alameda Chamber & Economic Alliance

As a political invertebrate, social chameleon, and Alameda Zelig, I want to express my unconditional support for the unconditional chutzpah of the New York City District Attorney who is willing to suspend criminal justice in New York City for the sake of political posturing, his party, and his sponsor George Soros.

This event could restore tourism to a city rife with crime, but not with punishment.

Many of my conservative friends take issue with the indictment.

Let the record reflect that I do not know any conservatives, nor would I be disposed to disclose them if they in fact existed. Conservatives, who put our reputation as a democratic country ahead of the appearance of justice, claim that this egregious travesty is more evidence that the justice department is being politicized.

These same people, who claim this media circus is a media circus unlike all others, also claim that the Mueller Report, which concluded that the high-profile investigation, "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," remain steadfast in their belief that Trump was not the Manchurian Candidate nor is he a Russian Bot.

Using the legal system to disqualify an opponent is not unusual and is not without historical precedent. One need only remember that Putin had his opponent and disrespectful critic, Navalny, arrested, released, exiled, poisoned, and rearrested.

Some countries take much stronger action to defend democratically elected presidents for life.

Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., a longtime political opponent of President Ferdinand Marcos, mysteriously died in a hunting accident on the tarmac of Manila International Airport. Rightfully, NYPD will not allow a mugshot to be taken of Trump, even though Trump assures his followers that it would be “the best, most beautiful mugshot the world has ever seen.” While Trump would like a perp walk with manacles and leg irons, NYPD is denying him that photo op.

Credible news sources, like Babylon Bee are predicting that legal proceedings will be delayed while the entire NYPD waits in line to take selfies with the nefarious Trump. Trump's lawyers might claim that Trump was responding to a blackmail threat, thinking that the kiss and tell story, would provide the raconteur with guest of honor seating on liberal talk shows (to be clear, there are no liberal talk shows) and “above the fold” front page coverage in respectable supermarket tabloids.

If Trump is thrown in jail let’s hope his prison guards were not the ones that watched over Jeffrey Epstein or James McDougal.

Will people even want to run for public office knowing that they could be targeted by district attorneys of cities that pursue the agendas of the opposing political party? As a guy who just wants to mollify his many critics, blend in, and harmonize with the hysteria, I support NYC and strongly recommend handcuffs and leg iron and mug shots (if posted on the internet for downloading).

— Lt. Commander Jeffrey R Smith, USN-Retired

Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to Midway Shelter for abused women and their children. A number of the listed donors have contributed several times between March 1 and March 31.

Midway Shelter would like to thank Jeffrey Lyon, Jordan Hagaman, Annie Kerting, Tomorr Haximali, Jay Dawson, and Virginia Krutilek. Thanks also goes out to Harlyn Trayer & Joyce McConeghey, Gabrielle Dolphin & Alan Pryor, Louis Toepfer, Alameda Welfare Council and Alameda Aerie #1076.

Future Midway Shelter donations may be sent to Alameda Homeless Network P.O. Box 951, Alameda, CA 94501. For further information go to www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek,