Public education continues to spend an inordinate amount of time in teaching our children facts that are readily accessible on their iPhones. The motivation that drives people to do what they do remains an area untouched in the classroom. 


Judge Richard Bartalini (Ret.) presented his case for electing Nancy O’Malley (incumbent) for Alameda County District Attorney June 5. To his commentary (“O’Malley Still Right for District Attorney,” May 10) I offer this rebuttal.

First, this is not a “re-election.” 2018 is the first time in 53 years Alameda County has had a choice as to who our District Attorney (DA) will be. As far as the democratic process goes, the June 5 election is a momentous event.

Alameda Police Department (APD) and the West Alameda Business Association will host a West End Community Safety Forum today, Thursday, May 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. upstairs in Otaez Restaurant at 1619 Webster St.  

APD will lead the discussion followed by a question-and-answer session. Vendors will be available to present safety and security recommendations.

Michaelia Parker, crime prevention technician at APD offered the following tips to keep crime from happening.

Few people can easily recall Henry Martyn Robert. However, many can immediately identify with his legacy: Robert’s Rules of Order.

Bylaws of organizations as small as a local stamp collectors’ club or as large as a multi-national corporation often contain clauses like: “All meetings and procedures shall be in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order” or “Robert’s Rules of Order shall guide all procedures.”  These rules are complex and can often dominate a meeting. 


Now that details have been released to the public, the next question is how City Council should proceed as to City Charter violation allegations concerning Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmember Jim Oddie. I am assuming that Council has taken no action. This assumption is based on the fact that there is no identifiable agenda item listed for any open or closed Council meeting and this issue does not appear to come within any of the Brown Act exceptions to the open meeting requirement.