Editorial

Love Our Island Art Walk comes back to Downtown Alameda for a fun-filled evening during the next 2nd Friday ArtWalk. On Friday, June 8, 6 to 9 p.m., Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will present three hours of art and music along Park Street for the third installation of the creative art event. 

 

I am concerned that the Alameda City Council’s recent proclamation recognizing May as Jewish American History Month is being used to conflate Jewish heritage with all things Israel.

Among other manifestations of support for the government of Israel, the proclamation features, as its most prominent paragraph, the full introduction to AB 2844. Originally known as the “Anti-BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] Bill, AB 2844 called for blacklisting any entity that supported BDS from doing business with the state of California. 

 

On May 23, speakers handed out a lot of kudos at the Site A groundbreaking ceremony for the first new neighborhood at Alameda Point. One individual was not mentioned but certainly deserves much of the credit: John Russo. 

The city manager from 2011 to 2015, Russo paved the way for the city itself to develop the base using a parcel-by-parcel development approach.

Every child deserves to grow and thrive and to achieve their full potential. Early education and childcare are critical for our children to get off to a strong start and an early start in life.

 

Judge Richard Bartalini (Ret.) presented his case for electing Nancy O’Malley (incumbent) for Alameda County District Attorney June 5. To his commentary (“O’Malley Still Right for District Attorney,” May 10) I offer this rebuttal.

First, this is not a “re-election.” 2018 is the first time in 53 years Alameda County has had a choice as to who our District Attorney (DA) will be. As far as the democratic process goes, the June 5 election is a momentous event.

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