Plans to prepare a neighborhood for the next big earthquake will require shopping, studying and answering some basic questions. Some of these efforts might including coordinating with neighbors or local officials. 

Stuff to get
Having certain items conveniently accessible is essential for both neighborhoods and individuals:

Letter writers abuse Sun’s policies

On Dec. 4, I will celebrate my 25th anniversary in the newspaper business. My career has been an interesting one. One aspect of my job often bothered me, however. I often watched in dismay as editors read letters they received and laughed at most of them. They sometimes posted them for further derision or scorn. Most of the editors would throw the letters into the trash can or delete them. The “victims” in this charade would call or stop by to ask about their letters and staff would simply lie to them. 

First day of school is nearly here, but with the time left this summer families can still enjoy some summer fun on the Island. A number of family activities can be found right here in Downtown Alameda.

Family Summer Movies
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave. (alamedatheatres.com) Kids love going to the movies. Kid-friendly movies showing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex this week include Christopher Robin and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.


Has the entire Alameda Democratic Party establishment lost its collective marbles? 

First we have Assm. Rob Bonta’s letter accusing anyone who opposes Vice Mayor Malia Vella’s attempts to influence former City Manager Jill Keimach’s selection of Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez of being a racist. (“Birther Movement Comes to Alameda,” July 5)


The Island’s City’s largest event, the Art & Wine Faire, has been a community tradition for 34 years and is a great place to meet neighbors, friends and folks that help make the Island shine. Annually, the Art & Wine Faire presents a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase Alameda’s beautiful downtown businesses and all they have to offer, but also recognize the city’s community associations and hard-working nonprofit groups. Get to know these participating organizations, learn about service opportunities or make a donation.