How Frank Bette’s wish to turn his home and business building into an art center came to be is an interesting story. Gretchen Fleischer was quite surprised to learn that she was named in Frank’s will. She thought maybe he had left one of his books or a print for her. 

Fleischer had gotten to know Frank from the Writers West group and became one of his friends. She gave him rides to writers group meeting, grocery shopping, breakfast at Ole’s Waffle Shop or field trips to the Oakland hills to visit “his trees.” 

Columnist returns with series on life, death and how to handle both well

End of life. Yes, that would be death. And death is the end? No one is sure when it will come, nor what — if anything — comes after. But we are all familiar with the huge realm of possibilities that might precede it.


In his recent commentary (“Corrections to Myths about Charter Schools,” March 24) Mark Irons completely missed the point of Patti Wilczek’s original commentary, (“Dispelling Charter School Myths,” March 17) in which she extolled the virtues of Alameda’s wide range of public school choices. 

The passage of Ordinance 3148: A Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance has brought turmoil and unrest to the provincial city of Alameda. Tenants dislike the “no fixed cap” clause that allows landlords to raise rents as much as they please. Landlords resent the new ordinance’s paperwork and the costs and requirements Ordinance 3148 foists on them. 


Tomorrow, Friday, April 15, will be the opening night for Annie at Encinal High School (EHS), but it also marks the end of one of the most remarkable teaching careers on this island. Thirty-two years ago, Bob Moorhead joined the staff at EHS as the drama teacher and director, and with Annie he takes a deserved final bow.