Editorial

 

Strolling through the downtown district reveals that Downtown Alameda is historic and hip. With its grandiose old buildings, its unique businesses and its vibrant community, the historic Park Street district is always worth a trip.

Prior to 1864, the Park Street area was home to just a few scattered farm houses. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce. By 1905 more than 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either replaced or converted into something else. 

Recently, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors made a shocking and shameful decision. Supervisors Wilma Chan, Richard Valle and Keith Carson should be held accountable for their reckless and absurd decision to effectively turn away more than $5 million from the Department of Homeland Security based on a vocal, but minuscule minority of misinformed members of the community. 

Join the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) for A Taste of West Alameda when locals are invited to enjoy endless samples of West Alameda’s variety of cuisines. Mix and mingle while tasting beer, wine and spirits from Alameda’s own Spirit’s Alley and beyond. 

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. 

 

I am fortunate serve as the Mayor of a compassionate, caring city. Alamedans look out for others, even those we don’t know, as shown by the outpouring of assistance for Coast Guard personnel and families during the federal government shutdown, then enthusiastic support for the warming shelter at Christ Episcopal Church, volunteers who deliver Meals on Wheels and serve at the Alameda Food Bank, and the community-wide effort to save our animal shelter.

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