It does seem that the 200,000-year oppression of women by men and the structure of the patriarchal society is finally beginning to show some cracks in its façade. We can only hope that it will finally be forced into the garbage pail of history and that women will be able to claim their rightful position as the true leaders of humanity. 


This is a response to the open letter to members of the Alameda City Council from Gabrielle Dolphin, Co-President of the City of Alameda Democratic Club.(“Open Letter on Rent Control Setback,” Jan. 25)

The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the ostensible topic of Dolphin’s open letter, is a complex issue, and people of good faith on all sides have opinions. Suffice it to say for now that the Act was originally passed with critical support from one of the most progressive members in the history of the California Senate, Alameda’s then-State Senator, Nick Petris (D). 


In her recent letter (“Open Letter on Rent Control Setback,” Jan. 25), Gabrielle Dolphin built her case for affordable housing with “We all belong here.” In addition to being a pop, popular or populist rallying cry, “We all belong here” is, like so many of the messages that get chanted by mobs, a platitude.

Please join the West End merchants on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. as the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) celebrates the Lunar New Year on Webster Street. This free, family-friendly celebration will take place at the corner of Webster Street and Haight Avenue, at the entrance to the weekly Farmers’ Market. Entertainment includes two lion dance troupes from the Toi Shan Family Association.

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, a local favorite for more than 30 years, a family-owned restaurant, will be providing appetizers for the celebration. 

When attempting to purge my inbox over the holidays, I was reminded of an article I read by Shana Lebowitz in Business Insider. She wrote about how one’s email inbox may be a window to one’s personality type. At the moment, I have three different email boxes, two for business and one for personal use. I am embarrassed to admit how many unread emails there are, plus thousands of read messages that I’d never bothered to file or delete. 

Spending a weekend whittling them down did not make a dent.