Editorial

The West Alameda Business Association has wonderful news for local history buffs. Legendary Island City Historian Woody Minor, having walked on the East End the past three years, will hold his annual history walk on the West End this year! The event is set for Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m.

Many people have been told sunlight is dangerous and to never go outside without being covered up completely or slathered with sunscreen. They have been lead to believe that the sun will immediately damage their skin and cancer is inevitable. Some think they can get all the vitamin D they need from fortified foods. But, is all this really true? In short, no.

People aren’t always encouraged to think about how they truly feel or what they genuinely believe. Society programs people to please others and to accept their thoughts as the appropriate way to handle things.  Most of the clients I have worked with seek their own voices. I define one’s voice as one’s authentic way. People are often discouraged from having unique beliefs or ways of being in the world. People are taught the “appropriate” way to behave, the “logical” way to think and the “rational” way to feel.  

Today I notified Alameda City Manager Eric Levitt that I am withdrawing my request that the City reimburse legal fees I had incurred responding to allegations made by the former city manager. 

I do so in the spirit of allowing me and the City to fully focus on the teamwork necessary to addressing the tough issues of school safety/security, housing affordability, homelessness 
and vital services for all Island families.

I want to thank the community who have so vocally supported the City and my vision over the last several years.  

Our language matters. And so do our actions. Though what can we do in this current climate reality of extreme heat, year-round wildfires, smoke emergencies and floods that require bringing the whole community together to take on these challenges?

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