Editorial

Families are invited to take part in a Downtown Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Businesses will provide free treats for kids, as well as a variety of family friendly activities. The annual event is held in partnership with downtown businesses, the Downtown Alameda Business Association and Kiwanis Club of Alameda.

With more than 30 downtown businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.

An old adage states that: “Theology is the study of God, religion is the worship of God and mysticism is the experience of God”. For seekers whose spiritual hunger isn’t sated by the worn doctrines and rituals of religion or vanquished by the simplicity of atheism, mysticism may be the answer. However, like the story of Jesus Christ in the biblical myth of Easter, a mystic must endure crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. 

 

Strolling through the downtown district reveals that Downtown Alameda is historic and hip. With its grandiose old buildings, its unique businesses and its vibrant community, the historic Park Street district is always worth a trip.

Prior to 1864, the Park Street area was home to just a few scattered farm houses. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce. By 1905 more than 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either replaced or converted into something else. 

Recently, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors made a shocking and shameful decision. Supervisors Wilma Chan, Richard Valle and Keith Carson should be held accountable for their reckless and absurd decision to effectively turn away more than $5 million from the Department of Homeland Security based on a vocal, but minuscule minority of misinformed members of the community. 

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