Forty-three percent of California’s known human trafficking cases occur in the Bay Area.
Human trafficking — the organized exploitation of human beings for profit through prostitution or involuntary labor — is "the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise," according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Where would you suppose such an order in all capital letters with accompanying exclamation point would have been issued? North Korea? Mother Russia? Cuba? The NSA? Or that bastion of liberalism known collectively as the Bay Area? Actually the edict was issued right here in River City following the Tuesday, Feb. 11, gas leak at Encinal High School.
It is hard to believe that it has been almost 15 years since the Library 2000 campaign to fund the new Main Library. Every time I go by the corner of Oak and Lincoln I recall some part of many meetings we had, the door-to-door and phone campaigning and fund raising that went into that landmark vote. Today, the Main Library is so well used it is easily taken for granted and forget the cramped confines of the old Carnegie Library building.
What will Alameda be like 100 years from now? The question, with its infinite variables might initially seem impossible to answer, and thus absurdly futile to ask; but even if we can never know, the process of asking can be revealing, both of ourselves and of the community we live in.
Perhaps the first question we might ponder is will there even be an Alameda in 2114?