Op-ed

Dear editor,

We represent some of the larger employers currently operating in Alameda. One of the many attributes that attracted us to locate on the Island is the promise of desirable housing and recreation for our employees – an attractive environment for jobs. We call upon Alameda’s mayor and City Council to fulfill this promise.

Many individuals and groups have recently expressed their opinions regarding the proposed extension to the city's public safety contracts. Information has been shared in bits and pieces, which can make it hard to understand how these proposed contracts contribute to long-term financial health of the city. The proposed contracts for the city's public safety employees take incredible steps to resolve several issues that have been discussed over the last 15-plus years. Most notably, the contracts propose a solution to salary, pension, and the currently underfunded obligation for retiree health care, known also as other post employment benefits (OPEB).

“The comedy of #Alameda elected officials downplaying great economic news because it undercuts austerity plans is very evident (at the April 16 special City Council meeting on the budget). - Steve Tavares, Twitter

During the above-referenced meeting, it appeared that some city leaders ignored or glossed over the city’s improved financial position in an attempt to justify opposing a proposed contract extension to public safety workers that would help the city reduce its retiree health benefit (OPEB) costs. The council is to vote on the contract on April 29.

Dear Editor,

A new record has been achieved for Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program this year. In March, we made our 189th presentation for the 2014-15 school year. To put it in perspective, six years ago we did 39 adoptions, and we have now topped that by 160; $94,500 has been donated to classrooms thanks to generous members of our community.

After decades of public debate on the future of Alameda Point and a laudable community planning process, Alameda is finally in the late stages of negotiating the specifics of the first portion of the community plan for Site A on the old Naval Air Station. As a West End resident, I am excited to see the transformation of the remains of the buildings that won the war into a vibrant, mixed-use community beside our shoreline, in our own backyard.

I usually stand up before you to discuss issues facing my members or our district as a whole, but tonight I would like to begin speaking more personally. I want to talk to you about why I teach in Alameda.

Alameda Boy Scouts Nick Adgar, Daniel McCormick, Kyle Rentschler and Sam Wu received the Eagle Scout award during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor.

As we observe Wound Care Awareness Week, it’s important to recognize that chronic wounds are a burden that touches 6.5 million people in the United States. Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal in a timely manner and risk infection up to and including sepsis, amputation or even death.

Awareness is the first step to treatment. So if you or a loved one suffers from a wound that isn’t noticeably healing within four weeks, it is important that you talk to your doctor who may refer you to a wound care specialist.

The 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off held by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda was a big success.

February is historically designated as American Heart Month. More than just a time to “wear red,” many health professionals consider this an opportunity to promote cardiovascular wellness and encourage patients to learn more about the risks for heart disease and stroke. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it has never been a better time to be “heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.