At a recent special meeting, the City Council reaffirmed (for the time being) commercial/recreational zoning of the current Harbor Bay Club site at a special meeting last week. Once again, Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) threatened to build a hotel on the site. HBIA’s clear message is that if you don’t like the residential community that would be built if they could rezone, they have a proposition you’ll like even less.

Under California’s open ("top two") primary election system, adopted by the voters in June 2010 and first used in June 2012, political parties no longer nominate candidates from their parties.

Does our state’s open primary system make our government more democratic, as proponents promised in 2010? Is it working?

An article in the September Alameda Magazine entitled "It’s Not Just the Earthquake: It’s the Inferno" proved very timely. On the Sept. 15 City Council meeting agenda were recommendations from city staff for how to spend $14.5 million in surplus general funds.

One item included for potential funding was an emergency water supply to combat fires in the likely event the three East Bay Municipal Utilities District water mains that supply water to the island are severed during a major seismic event.

I’m actually shocked that the relocation and rezoning requests from Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) are even a consideration. There are several reasons this proposed action cannot be approved:

 From the conception of Harbor Bay Isle, agreements with the city were made. These must be honored. Period. The agreement with the city states: "The purpose of the Harbor Bay Club is and shall continue to be to provide quality recreation facilities for the residents of the Harbor Bay Isle residential development."

I discovered, early on, the pain of being gay and alone, in a world that did not want me.

Fortunately, the metaphysical call within was strong and became fully engaged when my Lutheran confirmation class began at age 14. Reverend Stephan had no idea what he was in for when I began asking questions about the Bible and religious doctrine. The answers to those questions set a pattern of vagueness as to whether there was any truth at all within organized religion.