With a heated special election approaching on Tuesday, polarized proponents of their causes have flooded the public with newspaper opinion pieces, letters to editors, dueling “yes” and “no” arguments in voter ballot mailers, phone banking, door to door campaigning, lawn signs and more. In other words, a typical range of media.

It’s the best of times and the worst of times on our little Island.

The Bay Area economy is booming, but the benefits are not reaching everyone. In fact, the dramatic recovery from the Great Recession has actually made economic inequality worse.

The Bay Area created 722,000 jobs in the last eight years, but just 106,000 additional housing units, according to the Committee to House the Bay Area. That’s putting a squeeze on the availability housing that’s causing costs to skyrocket by 70 percent. 


Spring has sprung and I, for one, am so excited as that means we are heading into a truly exciting season for the West Alameda Business Association (WABA).

Several representatives from the the City of Alameda attended WABA’s monthly board meeting, hosted by Hawthorn Suites on Webster Street. WABA was excited to host special guests from the City of Alameda: Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Andrew Thomas from Planning and Transportation and Amanda Gehrke from Economic Development. The board was excited to learn about some new city developments. 


With more Millennial parents choosing to live a minimal lifestyle, the tidying-up trend is giving people a gentle nudge to organize their personal spaces or clean up their houses. The theme behind the hip, tidying trend is that by making changes in living spaces, people create a sense of accomplishment and establish momentum to take charge in other areas of their lives. Additionally, once belongings are scaled back, people can reclaim some of the time wasted on running around, cleaning up. 

While navigating today’s busy society, everyone is looking for tips and tricks to stay on top of their game, maintain their cognitive sharpness, biohack their mental capacity and age gracefully without losing their minds. I often get questions like: “What are some ways students can enhance their chances to pass a test?”, “How can employees keep their brains sharp throughout the day?” or “How might a retiree prevent crossing the precipice into mental decline?” Following are six ways I share to preserve people’s brain strength and endurance.