Editorial

On Nov. 2, I notified the Alameda City Attorney and City Manager of my perspective that the audio recording of the conversation between me, former City Manager Jill Keimach, and Councilmember Malia Vella should be released. 

It is illegal in California to tape private conversations without the knowledge and permission of all parties. The former City Manager violated these ethics and was investigated for doing so. 

This Halloween, many of us doddering, old codgers (a.k.a. “vibrant, active seniors”) are breaking the bank and renting a service zombie as a safety precaution for our infrequent attempts at independent ambulation.

Service zombies are a product of the same late-stage capitalism that brought us the gig economy: creating a scheme to monetize virtually anything, then exploiting it for profit. Accordingly, service zombie providers figured out a new way to monetize death, by harnessing the feeding instincts of the living dead.

Local pooch enlists his owner to write to Alameda Sun

I have asked my human to write this as my paws just don’t work on keyboards. My name is Rudy and Alameda is my kind of town. So many interesting places to sniff, lots of friendly people, squirrels to hunt (someday I will catch one), and fellow canines.

On our daily walks my old man sometimes gets scared and ends up using short words. When we cross streets with the lines on the corners, sometimes even with flashing lights, he seems to think people in cars are going to stop. 

Rushing in where even fools fear to tread, I thought I would look at the rent question from a slightly different angle: the economics of the situation.

There are many different types of landlords. There are wealthy professional investors and aspiring professional investors, who attempt to leverage the little that they have into something bigger. Older people often attempt to add to retirement income by renting property. All of these people face similar costs. 

Happy Halloween, Alameda! The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will continue its Halloween tradition of inviting trick-or-treaters to Webster Street next Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. 

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