Editorial

Downtown Alameda is losing a living treasure this month. After more than 60 years in business, Alameda resident and icon Eunice “Pauline” Kelley is closing up shop and retiring. A liquidation sale at 1427 Park St. takes place this entire weekend. (See details in ad on page 9).

 

There is always entrenched resistance to change and generally speaking that’s often a good thing. People build things with great effort and maintain them with regular effort and support their families and communities through those efforts. To have a new person or new idea or new technology come along and render all that work obsolete and useless is not a happy prospect especially when it threatens one’s livelihood and therefore one’s family. So change is resisted.

 

On Wednesday, March 28, the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will present a brand-new event designed to showcase the West End’s delicious eatieries. The West End is abuzz about the upcoming “A Taste of West Alameda” where everyone can come over and enjoy endless samples of West Alameda’s variety of cuisines. Mix and mingle while tasting beer, wine and spirits from Alameda Point’s own Spirit’s Alley and beyond. 

 

“Leadership is managing change. Management is leading stability,” writes Forbes magazine columnist, Marc Compeau. This begs the age old question — does your business need you to be a leader or a manager? Odds are, depending on the size of the organization, it needs both. if you’re a small business owner, it is up to you to not only manage the day-to-day operations of your team, but also, ultimately, fulfill the broader role as leader. For leaders looking for a little guidance, here are some do’s and don’ts of small business leadership.

 

Thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council and a partnership with Downtown Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda, Rhythmix Cultural Works is launching a #LoveOurIsland Art Walk series. The events will bring some “Radical Beauty” to Downtown Alameda’s vacant storefronts. The project takes inspiration from the premise that searching for beauty is, in itself, a radical act. 

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