Despite newspapers’ decline, vendor sticks by historic Alameda newsstandEmpty coffee cups, rolls of quarters and notepads litter the desk. “I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t think that for democracy to work, you have to have an informed public,” says Hallmark, 75, of Alameda. There are some young people who really have never read a newspaper. The small shack has been around since 1939, when Paul Manning, a wheelchair-bound newspaper salesman garnered sympathy from John J. Mulvany, the vice president of the Bank of America across the street. Regulars trickle by, bring him tangerines and coffee, make jokes and chat about current affairs. The Regulars is a weekly photo and video column by Erin Brethauer and Tim Hussin that offers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in the Bay Area, caught in routine activities of modern urban life.