October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pit Bull Awareness Month, National Pharmacy Month, Pastor Appreciation Month, and Halloween, among other national observances. You can see how easy it is to forget or to overlook something that is, in fact, an epidemic right under our noses.

Every month Alameda Comcast and AT&T U-verse subscribers pay fees required by the 2006 Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA). This money is intended to support Public, Educational and Government (PEG) mass-media access. While the City of Alameda has spent some of that money since 2011 on the government side, none has been made available for either public or educational functions.

At a recent special meeting, the City Council reaffirmed (for the time being) commercial/recreational zoning of the current Harbor Bay Club site at a special meeting last week. Once again, Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) threatened to build a hotel on the site. HBIA’s clear message is that if you don’t like the residential community that would be built if they could rezone, they have a proposition you’ll like even less.

Under California’s open ("top two") primary election system, adopted by the voters in June 2010 and first used in June 2012, political parties no longer nominate candidates from their parties.

Does our state’s open primary system make our government more democratic, as proponents promised in 2010? Is it working?

An article in the September Alameda Magazine entitled "It’s Not Just the Earthquake: It’s the Inferno" proved very timely. On the Sept. 15 City Council meeting agenda were recommendations from city staff for how to spend $14.5 million in surplus general funds.

One item included for potential funding was an emergency water supply to combat fires in the likely event the three East Bay Municipal Utilities District water mains that supply water to the island are severed during a major seismic event.