Far from being San Francisco’s “bedroom community” as touted in real estate brochures, Alameda has a long and proud past as a working-class community. Labor Day isn’t just about the family picnic, it’s a time for us to remember a history that has helped forge Alameda’s character.

As I’ve mentioned before, many of the trees on Webster Street were infested with aphids. I would like to say “thank you” to Jesse in the Public Works Department for taking care of the issue. The aphids may be gone, but the mess they left on our sidewalks is evident. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will be spot power washing, tree by tree, until the sidewalks are clean again. 

There are two great events coming up this month on the West End.

Hi Alameda, I’m Ed “Eddie” Owens, the new 2018-19 President of the Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA). I’m also the President of SpeedPro East Bay, (speedproeastbay.com) and a 20-year resident of our fair city.  

GABA is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of independent business in Alameda. We are a volunteer-driven organization with one part-time administrative employee. Our volunteer board consists of small business owners, based in Alameda, that work to keep GABA running month to month, year to year.  

The recent attack on Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT) (“Alameda Politics: Not What is Seems” Aug. 23), is a prime example of the very worst kind of politics that the writer purports to detest. Instead of engaging in a conversation to publicly debate the issues, the writer makes false claims with the intention of damaging ACT’s reputation.

Regarding the recent commentary (“Alameda Politics: Not What is Seems” Aug. 23), I agree with the title but see it from the other side. 

When I went to work for the federal government, we were not allowed to negotiate for wages and benefits and neither were the people working for the State of California. Nor were we allowed to go on strike. Why?