Veterans Day is always an ideal time to reflect on the incredible sacrifices our military veterans have made in service to our country. For me, that means honoring two veterans I am proud to have known since August, from co-teaching an eight-week fall-prevention class at Mastick Senior Center.  

With great sadness I announced last week that the Carnegie Innovation Hall team will halt efforts to revitalize Alameda’s Carnegie Library, until this or a future city government can truly help make this project happen. This is not a decision my team has come to lightly. Rather, over the past six weeks, it has become painfully clear that we are missing the most critical element of the project: a city government that fully supports and values what we intend to bring to the community.

October was a busy month at the West Alameda Business Association (WABA). We hosted our annual membership meeting and board elections. Congratulations to Daniel Hoy and Elie Zgheib of Grocery Outlet who were both re-elected to serve an additional three-year term on the board. 

The days are shorter now; the nights are cooler. Only one more educational program in the Alameda Backyard Growers’ (ABG) calendar will take place in November on stopping food waste over the holidays. Some apples and persimmons remain to be to picked, but for ABG volunteers, the year is winding to a close. 

I am no longer a spring chicken, as you may know, and one of the unwelcome discoveries of aging is a loss of energy, both physical and psychological. At the end of life we are on a downward spiral, and it starts to seem easier to let things go, beg off engagements, stop going out and indeed, begin to wait around for the inevitable.