Life is always full of pluses and minuses. On the plus side our streets are cleaner. On the minus side I haven’t seen a partially eaten burrito in weeks! You can no longer count on an evening’s stroll to find fast-food containers with fries or burger remnants sitting by the wayside. This virus is really taking a toll on my secret pleasures.
At a meeting set for today, Thursday, May 14, City Manager, Eric Levitt, will be seeking direction from the Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Panel on the creation of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. The proposed goal is to create a short- to mid-term plan to bolster economic recovery in Alameda as public health requirements shift and businesses start to reopen under a “new normal.”
In a time of food insecurity, what could be more inviting than a tree covered in fruit? Then again, sometimes the gods can be too kind. Overly generous fruit loads have a way of breaking branches and yielding small, poor-quality fruit if not managed in a timely manner.
When most families depended on their own gardens to supply the kitchen season-by-season, everybody understood the paradoxical nature of ridding the tree of a sizable amount of its developing fruit in order to get a decent harvest. This might seem an absurdity to today’s hands-off consumer!