Commencement exercises are over and the ceremonial Mylar balloons are as deflated as the NFL’s footballs. Perhaps it is a safe time to re-examine the adage, "Education remains the greatest single roadblock to graduation."
Is education really a roadblock, a speed bump, or maybe just a sparse array of rumble buttons?
Bay Area journalists Eloy Oakley and Pamela Burdman recently reported that "too many community college students are getting a raw deal" because "the vast majority of students" are being directed "to remedial math courses" not actual college credit math classes.
Nearly a year ago, I took the helm at Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), and since then I’ve grown to admire so much about this electric utility and the island community that’s been supporting it since 1887. There’s a reason why this publicly owned utility is ranked top in the state for reliability, safety and customer service with a renewable energy portfolio that’s one of the strongest in the country — and that reason is you, Alameda’s residents and businesses.
There’s a lot of confusion out there about the Alameda Point Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that was approved last year. It can be summed up as: "the City says that all the development will only cause one car to go through the Tube."
Central Avenue has a safety problem. Between 2008 and 2012, 21 bicyclists and nine people walking were hit by vehicles between Encinal Avenue and Main Street. Crossing Central on foot can be perilous due to poor visibility, long crossing distances and four lanes of fast-moving traffic. Bicycling along Central is equally daunting for similar reasons.
It puzzles me that tenant activists should push for private enterprise to subsidize housing through the support of rent controls, and "just-cause termination" laws. Housing is a "very basic human right," tenant activists argue, a "human service" fulfilling a vital societal need. Aren’t those just the sort of vital services we expect government to provide? Air traffic control, for example, is something so important that we entrust it only to the government. Public health services are another example. It’s no wonder that landlords push back when asked to subsidize this basic human right.