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 races for Alameda Mayor and City Council have resulted in tight races, still too close to call. The tentative results which are still pending the counting of some 90,000 unprocessed mail-in ballots and an unknown number of walk-in, mail-in ballots, show Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft leading in the mayoral race by 213 votes.


One has to wonder how life became so politicized and polarized. Will life will ever return to sanity or, at a minimum, get back to normal? The answers are both too obvious and too politically charged to even speak of. As the great sage Joseph Stalin expounded, “If you claim not to be political, that, too, is political.”