Some of the humans who read my column may not realize we live on an island. Surrounded by water, opportunities abound for a local canine like myself. Alameda’s numerous waterfront trails intrigue the old guy who walks with me and provide me plenty of interest — and occasionally swimming! I love splashing and slurping in puddles. This does not include baths. What is it with humans washing out my carefully collected odors?

WABA is pleased to announce a range of West End eateries participating in Alameda Restaurant Week. Drop by each for delicious eats and a stamp towards completing a raffle card. Winners of the raffle will receive gift certificates to several Island restaurants! 

Raffle cards are available at any participating restaurant. Collect six stamps during restaurant week, return the card back to any participating restaurant for a chance to win $1,000 in Alameda restaurant gift cards.  

Participating West End venues include:

Charles and Honora Murphy will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at their home in Alameda. Married in 1950 in western Pennsylvania, they moved to Alameda in 1964 where they raised their 14 children in a large Victorian home near Franklin Park. Charles retired after a long career with Kaiser Engineers. Honora, after raising the children, worked as a registered nurse in Alameda for many years. The Murphys have been and remain active members of their community.

Housing measure from 1973 still impacts Island City

Measure A was written by, placed on the ballot by, and approved by the people of Alameda in 1973. Most Alameda residents understand this was based on the enormous amount of historic houses (Victorians and others) that were being demolished by developers with the city’s permission at an alarming rate. 

Private health insurance spending surged $101 billion between 2016 and 2018. Hospital care and emergency services accounted for the largest share of that increase — 42 percent. Spending on hospital and emergency care is rapidly rising because our nation’s epidemic of chronic disease is growing worse. Patients with even one chronic condition require more visits to hospitals and emergency rooms than do healthy Americans.