Editorial

Mr. Eric Levitt:
I have just listened to and watched every minute of the audio and body-camera footage of Mali Watkins’ detention by five Alameda police officers. I am beyond angry and absolutely heart-sick about what I just witnessed: government-sponsored terrorism. 

Al’s Barbershop, like many other barbershops, has been feeling the pain of COVID-19. Although the shelter in place orders came fast, Al’s reacted just as quickly.

“We’ve been closed since March 16 per the shelter-in-place order. We shut down immediately, informed all our clients that had appointments and our larger client base shortly after,” said barber Joe Polissky. “Originally, we were advised that the order would likely be lifted by the beginning of April. This was then revised to May, now June. We are patiently awaiting the definite date we can go back to work.”

Each day we are risingup as a nation. We are protesting police violence and over-policing of Black people in our cities and communities. In response to the police murder of George Floyd last week, Black Lives Matter has called for nationwide protests every day this week. 

Given the unjust police response and attacks on peaceful protesters, resulting in another murder of an unarmed Black man in Louisville Monday night, these protests now span all 50 states and will not cease until they convict the four offending officers and we get police reforms. 

City attorney’s office offers insights into changes to legal process for rentals

In late May and early June, California and its cities are grappling with the phased re-opening of businesses. The relaxation of stay-at-home orders remind us that the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually end. Though California and the City of Alameda are still in a declared state of emergency, there will be a time when those emergency declarations are rescinded. 

Dear Mayor Ashcraft and City Councilmembers:

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