Editorial

 

A teenage client of mine began her session by telling me that her week had been sad because a girlfriend of hers asked to take a break from their friendship. She told me they had a disagreement a few days earlier. She was surprised when the friend shared her thought. She was dwelling on the feelings of loss and grief. 

 

A campaign slogan has made itself perceptible across Alameda: The mantra insists: “Let the people decide, not City Council.” I don’t know if this reflects abject ignorance, or if it’s a cynical hope on the part of the Alamedans in Charge to slip something by what they consider “ignorant” Island City voters. Allow me to set the record straight. This slogan negates every principle upon which our nation was founded and asks us to abandon the very structure of government upon which this great nation was founded. 

 

Last night, the Alameda City Councilmembers determined whether to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products in the City of Alameda. If you care about kids, you’ll want to read on.

“Flavored tobacco products” is a broad category that includes flavored cigars, cigarillos, e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes.

As the sales of traditional tobacco products decline, Big Tobacco has embraced flavored tobacco as its most profitable products. There are currently more than 15,500 flavors to choose from, including: cotton candy, circus animals and sour patch.

 

The issue of our City Manager and her forced departure from our city has been troubling and disruptive to our city’s ongoing operation. In my opinion, many are incensed with Councilmember Jim Oddie’s conduct in the recent hiring of a fire chief. The Councilmember has been cited by both an independent, city-led investigation and the District Attorney (DA) for violating the City Charter.

Therefore, in accordance with Charter section 7-3, this violation calls for his immediate removal.

Enjoy an evening of art and fun conversation in Downtown Alameda at this week’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Activities typically take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace. Look for these special happenings on Friday, Nov. 9.

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