Category Archives: Quality of Life

Homelessness in Alameda

It’s good to see the city creating an action plan to find services and shelter for the homeless who have taken up residence in the soon-to-be-built Jean Sweeney Park. But let’s not forget about those living in the encampment at … Continue reading

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Proceed with Caution

I almost hit a pedestrian while turning right from Otis onto Broadway. My heart dropped. The very thing I had appreciated as a pedestrian caught me off guard as a driver. At some intersections around the city, walk signals and … Continue reading

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‘Brooming’ Street Trees

It’s spring, and the trees are brooming everywhere! (And, no, I didn’t misspell that word.) Many of Alameda’s street trees no longer have their wide canopies because they’ve been pruned to look like brooms—one long tree trunk with some branches … Continue reading

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Logic Points to Parkland

“That is not logical, Captain,” Mr. Spock would often say on the Star Trek television series.  Can’t the same be said for putting housing on bay-front property that the East Bay Regional Park District needs for expansion of state park … Continue reading

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Money for Nothing

Is it just my circle of acquaintances or is it getting worse everywhere?  All this talk about the distressed unemployed middle class has me looking around.  It seems that more people, even highly educated ones, have figured out ways to … Continue reading

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Hold Your Applause

I don’t get it.  We’re supposed to cheer when housing prices rise.  Politicians and pundits look to rebounding housing prices as the gauge for a recovering economy.  I don’t think so.  A sustainable, stable housing market is what we should … Continue reading

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Occupy the Message

The protest violence in Oakland on Saturday, January 29 was the last straw for me.  I’ve had it with the impostors in Oakland spoiling the Occupy Movement’s message of economic injustice that millions of people identify with.  Mayor Quan should … Continue reading

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Firefighter Rescues Dog from Shorepoint Fire

Alameda firefighter Darren Brown walked through the crowd of onlookers asking if this was their dog.  When no one claimed it, residents escorted him to the apartment manager’s office. Another resident standing next to me was not so fortunate, as … Continue reading

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Tree Policy Roots

The loss on Park Street of 28 mature trees in one fell swoop on October 19 and 20 (and three more trees days later) is not only heart-wrenching, it shows how official city policy doesn’t always guide official city action. The … Continue reading

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Alameda Occupies Wall Street – South Shore

Messages from Alameda’s Occupy Wall Street demonstration on Otis Drive at entrance to South Shore Shopping Center, November 1, 2011:

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