Category Archives: Quality of Life

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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Chop Park Street, Fall Specials, Plenty of Tree Parking

Park Street getting back to its roots: Twenty-six trees were removed to make way for new street lights and parking meter pay stations/kiosks.

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In Memoriam: Tree Grande, October 2011

At the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue in Alameda Two of Grande’s neighbors that were the last mature trees standing:

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Alameda Occupies Wall Street – City Hall

Messages from Alameda’s Occupy Wall Street demonstration in front of city hall, October 18, 2011:

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Demand the Supply

You’d think if there was a demand for a product, someone would produce it.  Not so when it comes to pickup trucks. Without fail, every auto mechanic who works on my 1993 half-ton Toyota pickup offers to buy it.  When … Continue reading

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“South Shore Center” is back!

Updated July 4. During the open comment period of the June 21 city council meeting, the manager for Alameda Towne Centre, Brad Wick, walked up to the podium to officially announce that the new owner, Jamestown Properties, listened to the … Continue reading

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Day Trip to Alameda on TV

On May 19, CBS Channel 5’s half-hour “Eye on the Bay” featured the City of Alameda. The top-notch production included visits to local restaurants, Alameda history, and amusement venues, and revealed the summer treat created here and shared around the … Continue reading

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Amend Disability Placard Law

Alameda is attempting to increase revenue and influence drivers’ parking behavior by changing its parking fines and fees.  State law allowing people with disability placards free parking for unlimited periods undermines that effort. To encourage use of the civic center … Continue reading

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Salvaging A Legacy From Tucson

I was moved as I watched CNN’s Candy Crowley dedicate the entire hour of her State of the Union show on January 16 to a discussion of mental illness in the wake of the recent shootings in Tucson.  The show … Continue reading

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