The Los Angeles Clippers recently signed former Warriors player Marreese Speights to a one-year veteran’s minimum. Los Angeles Times writer Ben Bolch is justly overjoyed about the deal.

What is the veteran’s minimum?  The stars make the gazillions. But guys who play better than the stars on some nights get zilch? I think that the Warriors would have won the NBA championship this year if Speights had been given a larger role in game three of the Warriors’ series against Houston. 


Proof of their bias against renters lies in the fact that the mayor and City Council know about the Fixed-term Lease (FTL) loophole in the rent ordinance they passed in February and have not corrected this “oversight.”

The FTL loophole was pointed out to a city attorney by the mayor at the Feb. 16 council meeting where Councilman James Oddie famously threw up his hands and got red in the face as the FTL loophole was discussed around 2 a.m. on June 18. 


Let me start by saying I am not a NIMBY. I have supported many development activities in Alameda, including VF Outdoor’s relocation to Alameda and the movie theater expansion and garage addition. 

As a long-time Alameda resident, I understand the value of well-planned, sustainable commercial and residential development. These bring tax revenue and jobs to Alameda, in addition to increasing property values. 


Guidelines to ensuring your son or daughter doesn’t succeed as an adult

Part 2 of 2
Last week I wrote of the dangers of your innocent children entering a world where only nerds and geeks dare to tread. What, for example, would you think if your kid won a bidding war; running up real estate prices or rents in Redwood City or Atherton or worse: Alameda? Suppose you get evicted and later find out that your own Little Roscoe is the techie now occupying your old apartment?


If you live on the island of Alameda, chances are you’ve thought about what to do if an emergency happens to you or your loved ones, especially in an earthquake which may restrict your ability to travel. When minutes and seconds count, it’s good to know that emergency services exist on the island and that you’re not at risk waiting in traffic to access a hospital outside of Alameda. It might be even more comforting to know that these services are provided by skilled physicians, nurses and staff; many who live on the island and care deeply about their friends and neighbors.