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California legislators recently introduced a hodge-podge healthcare package they say will provide more residents with insurance coverage through a series of patches and tweaks to our already convoluted and inefficient system. Their proposals build on the Affordable Care Act, a system that has tragically demonstrated that insurance “coverage,” with its huge out-of-pocket costs, forces many to skip care even if they are paying for premiums. Why would we want to expand a system designed to enrich the health insurance industry by restricting and denying care to so many?

It’s time for California to lead the nation by adopting the Medicare-for-all type system proposed in the Healthy California Act, SB 562, sponsored by the California Nurses Association.

Critics of SB 562, say it would cost too much. On the contrary, it would save billions and cover everyone, regardless of their economic or immigration status. It is our current healthcare system that costs too much. We pay far more than other nations and get far less, including poorer health outcomes and a reduced life span.  

SB 562 will save billions of dollars and save lives. We can and must do both.


Ann Levy

On Friday, April 13, the League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) and the College of Alameda (CoA) present Democracy Matters: The third annual Civics Scholarship Program and Speech Tournament. The topic this year is based on United States history and current challenges: What changes should be included in immigration reform?

LWVA and CoA are proud to provide Alameda’s young people with a platform to add their ideas to the national debate on how to resolve the legal status of immigrants in our community and country. With the exception of Native Americans and enslaved persons stolen from their homelands, we are all descendants of immigrants. 

As future leaders, our young people are encouraged to express their thoughts on border security as it relates to national security; how a sufficiently robust immigration policy can benefit the economy; and whether our immigration policies reflect American values as put forth in the Declaration of Independence.

Three years ago, LWVA and CoA partnered to create the Democracy Matters: LWVA/CoA High School Civics Scholarship Program. The program’s goal is to help prepare our youth to enter society informed and willing to engage in the government process with tested communication and critical-thinking skills. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and the runner up a $500 scholarship from LWVA. Participants also receive a LWV reference on their college admittance resumes and CoA credits from the communications department. Participating students are from Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Science and Technology Institute. 

Please come out at 5 p.m. on April 13, to CoA (Building F, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in Alameda) to hear the high school youth of Alameda add their voices to our country’s immigration-policy debate.


Georgia Gates Derr LWVA President

Dear supporters:
I met with the Alameda Unified School District Superintendent to discuss my termination. It seems as though I was fired because I failed to follow lesson plans when I substituted in many classes over an extended period of time. 

The fact that I was not warned ahead of my firing is on them. For not following lesson plans is on me. I’m not sure if I can change or will change. I’m sad, but life goes on within you and without you.

I am deeply grateful for all the support so many of you have given me. I feel blessed. In some ways I am ashamed for putting you through a mistake on my part. 

Thanks, thanks, thanks.


Ashley Jones


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