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Regarding the recent commentary (“Alameda Politics: Not What is Seems” Aug. 23), I agree with the title but see it from the other side. 

When I went to work for the federal government, we were not allowed to negotiate for wages and benefits and neither were the people working for the State of California. Nor were we allowed to go on strike. Why? 

Alameda in Spirit

Unity, a New Thought spiritual philosophy, observes its annual “World Day of Prayer” on Sept. 13, to counter the memory of the religious atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001. It’s a bold undertaking, because like 2001, 2018 has been a bad year for prayer, particularly “our thoughts and prayers.”

The Alameda Free Library and Wonderfest.org present the opening session of the 2018-19 Social Science event series on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Dr. Michael Wehner, Senior Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will speak on his current research concerning the behavior of extreme weather events in a changing climate, especially heat waves, intense precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones. Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather are likely the most serious consequence of human-induced global warming.

On Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. colorful collage art and poetic projections exploring the themes of migration and conflict will be on display in the previously empty storefront windows at the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue in downtown Alameda. Continuing towards Oak Street, the sounds of Spanish gypsy guitar, driving percussion and Balkan brass will flow from nearby courtyards and patios to create a buzz with engaging music, dance and conversation. 

On Saturday, Sept. 8, at noon, local skateboarders who frequent Alameda’s Cityview Skatepark, 1177 W. Red Line Ave., will host the fourth annual “Land or Slam Skate Jam” fundraiser there in memory of the late Clay Harding, an Alameda skateboarder who lost his life in 2014. The event is free, open to all ages and features barbecue, local art and music and a skateboarding contest. Prizes donated by local skate shops will be given in three age categories. Registration for the contest starts at 11 a.m. with a $5 entry fee. All proceeds from the event will benefit the skatepark. 

 

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