For City Council Consideration,
The room is packed as a girl walks with confidence up to the microphone. Her introduction starts strong. Then she starts to quiver, break down and cry as she keeps talking. She tells how she was subjected to a stranger’s public exposure and worse in a coffee shop. She did nothing wrong and everything right in both her being there and in her response to get up, run and call police. She was violated. 

The College of Alameda Student Center and FabLab have launched an effort titled “Creating Spaces of Privacy and Refuge in Transitional Housing.”

The College of Alameda Fab Lab, is introducing the first mobile space of refuge. A special unveilling of the space is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

At the Fab Lab makers can come to take advantage of tools, resources and technology, using traditional and advanced manufacturing equipment to make almost anything.  

The 35th Anniversary of Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone: more than 250 arts-and-crafts vendors, festival foods, locally crafted beer and wine, live music on three stages and interactive kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. The fun happens Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

Here we are, three or more years later, more divided than ever and getting worse. There’s been name calling (rent profiteers), (“Rent Profiteers No Longer Welcome,” June 27) disrespect and untrue statements made. 

What compelled me to write was this particular statement from that commentary printed in the Alameda Sun: “It’s the only thing that’s fair and it declares there are actually some people who are no longer welcome in Alameda: Profiteers.”