Editorial

 

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.”

 

In May of 2012, I wrote the following article to local papers in reference to similar issues that will appear on the November 2018 ballot. 

My wife and I like living in Alameda and the house we bought 16 years ago, after living in Oakland for 19 years. I intend to vote “no” on measure C and the Peralta College Measure B.

 

Last month, Alamedans received a deceptive mailer claiming Measure K was necessary to “Protect Alameda’s Rent Control.” The 2015 to the present timeline titled, “Alamedans in Charge: The History of our Rent Control” distorts reality and the historical record in a way that masks the decades-long battle between tenants and property owners in Alameda. 

The past three years are but the latest conflict in which off-Island corporate owners have misled the public in the interest of maintaining both control and profits in the rental housing stock of Alameda. 

 

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) invites everyone in Alameda to Halloween on Webster Street!

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 7 p.m., families are invited to trick-or-treat at participating merchants on Webster Street. Keep an eye out for the sign in their front window and balloons in front of the business.

 

There are quite a few cool events happening downtown this fall. Spiritous beverages, art, film and trick-or-treating are all on the way to Downtown Alameda this season. 

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