Editorial

‘Yes’ for Measure Z a ‘Yes’ for Families

Oct 29,2020

Is it too much for a father to want his grown kids to return to the fold, or at least the same town? Yes, yes it is. As a realist and appreciating the richness of living in new and diverse locales, I don’t expect, or even want, my kids to want to live in Alameda any time soon.

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‘No’ on Z Protects Our Neighborhoods

Oct 22,2020

I grew up in the Alameda of the 1950s and ’60s. My parents moved here in 1951. I grew up on Taylor Avenue with easy access to Washington Park where neighborhood kids just walked down the steps of the sea wall and enjoyed the bay.

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Traffic, Traffic Everywhere and Not a Place to Park

Oct 15,2020

The word “infill” sounds innocuous. Find a hole or dig a hole and fill it in: infill. “Material that fills in something”: infill; the fixer-upper in your neighborhood that a developer buys, tears down, and builds three-to-six story, million-dollar, market-rate condos: infill.

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An Eye on Education

Oct 15,2020

Every time it looks like public education has reached a new nadir, another jackalope comes leaping out of the kelp forest.

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Measure Z and the Lost Chance of Compromise

Oct 15,2020

On Jan. 29, Vice Mayor John Knox White convened a “Measure A Discussion” meeting that included me, Christopher Buckley, Planning Director Andrew Thomas, Planning Board members Alan Teague and David Burton, and a representative of an urban mixed-use development company.

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Stop Pandering, Pay Attention to Pandemic

Oct 08,2020

Driving through Alameda, I see campaign signs alternating with piles of possessions left behind by people who can no longer afford to live in Alameda. The $600 additional unemployment benefits many people were surviving on ran out in July.

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All Hallows Eve and COVID-19

Oct 08,2020

As a parent I find myself at a bit of a loss this Halloween season. With three girls, aged 12, 10 and 2, Halloween is one of the bigger holidays on our yearly horizon.

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