Because Alameda has a summer-dry climate, the vast majority of plants grown here need extra water during the non-rainy months in order to survive. Even drought-tolerant plants like succulents likely need irrigation for their first summer or two. But when, how, how much and how often to water? Different plants have different needs, but there are some common rules. 

The Alameda Hostesses, a secretive far-right-wing political action group that allegedly conceal their covert activities by posing as cookbook authors, have been ominously quiet since the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency. A recently released “Independence Day 2019 Newsletter” broke the silence, and divulged that the Hostesses are active locally in contributing to the success of a national leader who shares their philosophy of materialism expressed in unfettered capitalism, indifference to others and egotism. 

One of the shorebirds seen in small numbers throughout the year along the Alameda shoreline, black oystercatchers, have all-black bodies, bright yellow eyes with red circles around them, a bright orange-red bill and pink legs. Males and females have the same coloring. 

Park Street has a parade of historic buildings that makes Downtown Alameda historic, hip and worth the trip. In the “North of Lincoln” area, there are a number of buildings found off the beaten path that provide a glimmer of Alameda’s storied past when commerce grew along the rail and shipping lines — from quaint homes built for local business owners to medium-sized manufacturing plants. 

As we celebrate Independence Day with parades and barbecues today, let’s pause for a moment to think about our neighbors who are not able to put enough food on their tables to fully enjoy their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

More than 5,000 residents of Alameda have enough trouble making ends meet that they turn to the Alameda Food Bank every year for help. That’s more than six out of every 100 people living among us on the Island.