Editorial

I love bike lanes. When I ride my bike, I want to be safe, and separated from cars and pedestrians.

Not that long ago, a bike lane was a bike lane: a designated place where people could ride their bikes and not get hit by cars. Bike lanes have become the first line of offense in the war against drivers and cars. Bike lanes aren’t for bikers, they are against cars.

The Alameda Education Association (AEA), the union that represents the teachers in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), sent the following comments for publication. AEA President Audrey Hyman made these comments at the March 24 AUSD board meeting. She was addressing the current state of contract negotiations between the union and the school district.

Good Evening:

Assemblyman reflects on inspirational leader in his life

ar Chávez on his birthday last Tuesday, I am thankful that Chávez was not only a transformative figure in the state, national, and global landscape, changing forever the treatment of farmworkers and redefining the Labor and Civil Rights Movements as we know them, but that he was a transformative figure in my own life.

The front page of the March 19 Alameda Sun carried two articles that seemed to be companion pieces ("Council Quashes Measure A Moratorium" and "Former Vice Mayor Enjoys Good Life.")

Apparently this former vice-mayor saved big bucks on his discretionary spending because grateful influence peddlers picked up many of his leisure expenses. To paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli, "Lobbyists don’t have friends; they have interests."

Like all Alameda residents, shouldn’t members of the City Council seek transparency in city government? If they truly seek to carry out the wishes of the electorate, shouldn’t they deliberate and make decisions in an atmosphere that’s receptive to public input? Shouldn’t they keep comprehensive records and make them fully available to those they are elected to serve? The obvious answer is yes, but that just isn’t the case.

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