Editorial

This month is slated to be a busy one on Webster Street. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will host the annual board of directors election and membership meeting. Join us for tasty bites courtesy of Cafe Jolie and mingle with fellow business owners. 

Discuss public safety in face of mass violence on Oct. 14 

The names of the places are etched in our memories forever: Dayton, El Paso, Gilroy, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Yountville, Orlando, San Bernardino, Isla Vista, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Fort Hood, Oikos, Virginia Tech, Columbine and many other locations of mass shootings in the last two decades. 

Back in June, the San Francisco School Board (SFSB) voted to spend up to $600,000 to paint over a high school mural depicting the life of George Washington. One has to ask, “Was the $600,000 price tag due to the anticipated cost of the paint, the labor or the environmental impact study?”

Youth vs. Apocalypse is organized youth-led actions for climate justice in response to the worldwide call for a climate week of action Sept. 20 to 27, with our planet in a state of climate emergency. Global youth climate strikes, organized by youth and climate change allies took place on Sept. 20. This started a week of climate-emergency actions. Worldwide general strikes took place on Sept. 27. 

Around the state, communities and agencies are taking a look at Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s (PG&E) assets and deciding if a publicly owned electric utility might better meet their residents’ long-term goals. But here in Alameda, that decision was made 132 years ago by residents who saw electricity as an essential public service. Since 1887, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has offered low rates, local control and commitment, as well as public accountability and responsive customer services to residents and businesses of the Island City.

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