Editorial

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. 

Alameda’s Altarena Playhouse has boldly chosen Steve Martin’s cerebral comedy: Picasso at the Lapin Agile as its next performance. While much of what passes for comedy today rarely — or barely — rises above the slough of political parody, social satire, bedroom farce or the scatological and scortatory, Lapin clears a higher bar. 

The City Council must act on De-Pave and Northwest Territories Parks with a sense of urgency. Acting on both follows policy set in the city’s recently approved Climate Action Plan and the worsening climate crisis demand launching work on these parks now.

Unfortunately, the city’s track record is not good as it’s been more than a year since negotiations with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) started on turning the 147 acres in the north west corner of Alameda Point into a regional park. The same goes for “De-Pave Park”. 

It’s been about a year since I stopped serious ambling around town on foot. The combination of advancing age and the feeling that “it’s okay to slow down, not to fight, to just let it happen,” gave me permission to allow desuetude to take hold. I’m lazy so I did not object and let nature take its course.

Then something changed. I’m not sure what it was, but a week ago while falling asleep I heard my inner voice saying, “You need to start walking again.” As I drifted off I thought, “Well, we’ll see if I am motivated in the morning when everything looks different.”

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