The Alameda Hostesses, a secretive far-right-wing political action group that allegedly conceal their covert activities by posing as cookbook authors, have been ominously quiet since the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency. A recently released “Independence Day 2019 Newsletter” broke the silence, and divulged that the Hostesses are active locally in contributing to the success of a national leader who shares their philosophy of materialism expressed in unfettered capitalism, indifference to others and egotism. 

One of the shorebirds seen in small numbers throughout the year along the Alameda shoreline, black oystercatchers, have all-black bodies, bright yellow eyes with red circles around them, a bright orange-red bill and pink legs. Males and females have the same coloring. 

Park Street has a parade of historic buildings that makes Downtown Alameda historic, hip and worth the trip. In the “North of Lincoln” area, there are a number of buildings found off the beaten path that provide a glimmer of Alameda’s storied past when commerce grew along the rail and shipping lines — from quaint homes built for local business owners to medium-sized manufacturing plants. 

Have fun in Downtown Alameda on Thursday, July 4, and view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the world. The Alameda Fourth of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. 

Alameda’s first rent stabilization law — ordinance 3148 — passed in March 2016. It discouraged high rent increases designed to profit off under-market rents or to clear tenants for major rehabilitation by speculative new owners.