It’s getting harder to distinguish between Election Day and Halloween

I was sitting on a bench outside my neighborhood bodega, relishing the warm afternoon sun. I grimaced as I read Sinclair Lewis’ newly topical 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here. I had just finished reading the chapter where the book’s charismatic, evil antagonist, demagogue Senator Buzz Windrip, wins the presidency by promising to make America safe and great again. He did it by guaranteeing each citizen a salary of $5,000 per year. ($90,000 in today’s money).


Vote ‘yes’ on Measure FF for parks

For only $1 a month we can keep Crown Beach maintained, the Crab Cove Visitors Center open year-round and much more. What a bargain!

If voters approve, measure FF will continue for 20 more years the East Bay Regional Park District’s current parcel tax of $12 a year for single-family parcels and $8.28 a year for each multifamily unit. The proposed project and commitment that Measure FF will pay for is spelled out. Measure FF not only helps park operations in Alameda, but other East Bay regional parks as well.

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show with the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) this past Saturday (see story on page 1). DABA appreciates all the hard work of the committee, volunteers, sponsors, community partners and merchants who were the perfect hosts of this annual event. If you missed it, check out more photos at www.downtownalameda.com.


When rapidly rising rental housing costs and unfair evictions boiled to the surface a couple of years ago, Jeff Cambra proposed that a committee of residents be created to address the issue and make recommendations that fairly represent all Alamedans. Bringing representatives from all sides of an issue to solve a community problem is good practice in community leadership.


Remember back in the day, when news outlets didn’t take sides in politics? No, you don’t. They always have. In the lead up to the Civil War, newspapers clearly wore their political leanings on their editorial pages and it has been common practice ever since. Today, the press (with the unstated exception of Fox News) is being characterized as a “wing of the Democratic Party.”

In years past, one influential resident of note repeatedly urged me to give the newspaper’s educated opinion when it came to local politics via endorsing particular candidates or causes.