Sea-level rise will eventually come, but a much more immediate threat to the Island is flooding caused by stalled, prolonged storm systems. Major storms are becoming more common as the changing climate causes erratic, unpredictable and devastating weather events.

In October the city will ask Alameda property owners to help prevent future flooding and Bay pollution by voting to increase the “urban runoff fee” that appears on annual property tax bills. 

Getting children the help they need

It’s an astounding statistic: mental health problems affect one in every five young people at some point in their youth, according to the National Mental Health Association. Yet in the U.S. an estimated two-thirds of all young people with mental health problems are not receiving the help they need. What is getting in the way of treating mental health? One big factor is access.

Readers of the S.F. Bay Guardian will recognize Isadora Alman as the renowned sexologist whose weekly column “Ask Isadora” ran from 1981 to 2003. In fact, the column was syndicated in 20 newspapers around the country, including the famed Village Voice in New York. 

Readers wrote in with their most intimate questions and concerns, and Alman unfailingly gave answers reflecting her warmth, wisdom and extensive professional training. No topic was taboo. 

Building off the success of last year’s inaugural Animate Dance Festival, the West End Arts and Entertainment District (WEAED) will present the next chapter of the Animate Alameda project: “Stop, Drop, Drink.” 

It continues to surprise me how many parents do not teach their children to participate in responsibilities around the house. We set a model for how our children will behave. As they mature, we also educate them about roles we play in our families. 

Women complain frequently about the lack of shared responsibilities from their partners. Some men did not grow up in homes that taught them to participate fully.