Alameda Point will play host to a brand-new celebration of the arts on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The inaugural Animate Dance Festival — presented by the West End Arts and Entertainment District — is a free, outdoor dance festival that will bring together more than 150 performers representing more than 10 different movement styles. The event celebrates dance in all its forms and will take place at Alameda Point on West Red Line Avenue at Todd Street.

At a family reunion, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for a decade or so. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare.

When they turned to me, asking me to referee and declare which form of Medicare is better, I gave them a big smile and answered, “Well, it depends.”

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show with the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) this past Saturday (see story on page 1). DABA appreciates all the hard work of the committee, volunteers, sponsors, community partners and merchants who were the perfect hosts of this annual event. If you missed it, check out more photos at www.downtownalameda.com.


When rapidly rising rental housing costs and unfair evictions boiled to the surface a couple of years ago, Jeff Cambra proposed that a committee of residents be created to address the issue and make recommendations that fairly represent all Alamedans. Bringing representatives from all sides of an issue to solve a community problem is good practice in community leadership.


Remember back in the day, when news outlets didn’t take sides in politics? No, you don’t. They always have. In the lead up to the Civil War, newspapers clearly wore their political leanings on their editorial pages and it has been common practice ever since. Today, the press (with the unstated exception of Fox News) is being characterized as a “wing of the Democratic Party.”

In years past, one influential resident of note repeatedly urged me to give the newspaper’s educated opinion when it came to local politics via endorsing particular candidates or causes.