Editorial

Part one in a series

"Land swap," two words that leave sour tastes in the mouths of many. Developer Ron Cowan’s attempted trade deals led to changes in the City Charter. Now another swap is on the table; actuallly make that two swaps: one on Alameda Point and one at the old Encinal Terminal site behind the shuttered Del Monte Warehouse.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) was disappointed to see that in the article about the Encinal High School (EHS) gas leak ("School District under Fire," Feb. 20) the Alameda Sun failed to include sentences in the district’s statement that explained that a) teachers can talk to reporters, but b) we prefer they talk to district staff first.

The AUSD statement emailed to the Sun, said in full:

Chen has neither been further disciplined by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners; nor has he suffered any further arrests or convictions.

The assertion in the editor’s note in rebuttal to Stewart Chen’s explanation about his conviction for conduct that happened more than 20 years ago ("Chen responds," Feb. 20) that "such conduct should not be shrugged off or taken lightly" is incorrect in fact and in law.

Forty-three percent of California’s known human trafficking cases occur in the Bay Area.

Human trafficking — the organized exploitation of human beings for profit through prostitution or involuntary labor — is "the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise," according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

"NO ONE IS TO SPEAK TO ANY REPORTERS!"

Where would you suppose such an order in all capital letters with accompanying exclamation point would have been issued? North Korea? Mother Russia? Cuba? The NSA? Or that bastion of liberalism known collectively as the Bay Area? Actually the edict was issued right here in River City following the Tuesday, Feb. 11, gas leak at Encinal High School.

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