The children who were murdered in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School were the same age as my daughter and her classmates. I think often of those children as my daughter moves up the grades and, before we know it, is off to middle school. 


The investigation of Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmember Jim Oddie to see if they violated the City Charter is an enormous waste of time and money. Alameda’s City Manager Jill Keimach said that Oddie and Vella violated the charter by trying to exert private and inappropriate influence on whom Keimach should hire to be the new fire chief.


For the last two decades, since the Alameda Naval Air Station closed in 1997, my husband John and I have quietly advocated land banking Alameda Point until such time as a new rail crossing connects the western end of Alameda with both San Francisco and Oakland. That was the only sensible way we could imagine the base ever being redeveloped. 

Television crews spotted all over the West End
In addition to Scolari’s restaurant on the Point serving as a location for an episode of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, the USS Hornet Museum also served as a television location recently. The USS Hornet was featured in the final moments of Season 30 of The Great Race. 

The impending return of the drought presents challenges for Alameda gardeners. Fortunately, there are some ways to mitigate the impact, protect the soil and save water. Soil is key here. Healthy soil is alive with billions of organisms per cubic inch and it is vital that it remain that way so that it can support plant life in future, rainier years. This means keeping it moist through the summer whether it is used to grow plants or left fallow. 

There should be some more rains coming, so plan on implementing a few of the following tactics to save water and protect soil: