Alamedans elected a progressive and social justice-oriented majority on the City Council in 2018. It was an achievement for a city that calls itself the city of “homes and beaches,” a slogan that probably originated with the business and real estate interests. For decades, this slogan seemed to suit our idyllic town, and many people, but not all, benefited from this perspective.

The annual Kiwanis Chili Cook Off, happening this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, always evokes fond chili memories, like the following.

In the 1970s, if you had pulled off fog-blanketed Highway 99 to spend a cold January afternoon at June’s Glorified Eats truck stop, you might have heard a conversation like this.

“Boy howdy, June-bug, it’s right nippy out there! Been a long time!  How ya’ll?”

“Cain’t complain, Red! Get your big tush in here and warm yourself up! Where ya headed?”

Some of the humans who read my column may not realize we live on an island. Surrounded by water, opportunities abound for a local canine like myself. Alameda’s numerous waterfront trails intrigue the old guy who walks with me and provide me plenty of interest — and occasionally swimming! I love splashing and slurping in puddles. This does not include baths. What is it with humans washing out my carefully collected odors?

WABA is pleased to announce a range of West End eateries participating in Alameda Restaurant Week. Drop by each for delicious eats and a stamp towards completing a raffle card. Winners of the raffle will receive gift certificates to several Island restaurants! 

Raffle cards are available at any participating restaurant. Collect six stamps during restaurant week, return the card back to any participating restaurant for a chance to win $1,000 in Alameda restaurant gift cards.  

Participating West End venues include:

Charles and Honora Murphy will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at their home in Alameda. Married in 1950 in western Pennsylvania, they moved to Alameda in 1964 where they raised their 14 children in a large Victorian home near Franklin Park. Charles retired after a long career with Kaiser Engineers. Honora, after raising the children, worked as a registered nurse in Alameda for many years. The Murphys have been and remain active members of their community.