As many Alameda Sun readers know, Carrie Beavers and the Alameda Sun were synonymous for a decade. To many Alameda residents, Carrie was the face of the Sun, the first person they saw when they visited. To nearly everyone who came by, Carrie was immediately friendly, generous and caring. 


I’m writing in response to Eric Strimling’s letter (“Here comes the outside money,” Aug. 18.)

I find it ironic that he and the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) is concerned about outside money funding anti-rent control sentiment in Alameda when outside money has in fact funded their efforts. Tenants Together, a San Francisco organization that according to its mission statement “seeks to galvanize a statewide movement for renters’ rights,” has been actively aiding the ARC to advocate for rent control in Alameda. 

As to Strimling’s “myths”:


When Melodie was 21 years old, she made a mistake and committed a crime. Melodie served her sentence and paid her debt to the courts. But before she could get her life back on track, she had to pay her debt to the bail bondsmen.


As a sail boater and Alamedan, I am appalled that a developer is controlling Alameda Marina and submitting plans to tear down most of the historic buildings there. The proposed new buildings have designs similar to the high rises that have recently been built in the Mission Bay section of San Francisco. 


Alameda has championed innovation since 1887, when the city formed its own public electric utility to power 13 streetlights. Our community was a pioneer in the new world of electricity — we developed a 90-kW generating station only five years after the first commercial energy station was established by Thomas Edison in 1882. As we plan for the future of energy in Alameda today, we can look back to Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) beginnings for inspiration.