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Editor:
Kindly update the developments concerning the tire damage in my neighborhood (“Multiple Vehicles Damaged in Vandalism Spree,” Oct. 3; https://alamedasun.com/news/multiple-vehicles-damaged-vandalism-spree). First, my neighbors and I don't believe that a single bad actor could have hit so many cars, and if the man caught was bailed out to the tune of $500,000, who came up with that huge sum so quickly?

Does anyone have an idea of what motivated this crime spree?

The Alameda Police Department officer who came out the on Saturday, Oct. 1, after the crimes took place told me some 100 cars had been hit. However, the tow truck driver who came to help me a few days later said 300 cars had been damaged!

— C. R. Kettell

Editor’s note: We have not heard an update from the Alameda Police Department on the incident, most likely because it’s still an ongoing investigation. However, according to the Alameda County Superior Court database, the suspect, Ahmad Bahrami is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse at 9 a.m.

Editor:
Bradley King is angry at the wrong person, ("Tow truck business is booming in Alameda," Nov. 24; https://alamedasun.com/letters/16370). Tow truck drivers don't reconnoiter Alameda streets in order to track and tow cars that haven't moved in three days. Towing companies must receive requests from police departments. Neither are the police in cahoots with towing companies. Cars are towed if, and only if, the police department receives a complaint from an Alameda resident. The police department generally waits about three days before they put a bright orange warning sticker on the windshield. Then they wait at least another three days before they check again. At that point the police might request a tow.

I suspect the source of King's problem is a neighbor who doesn't like him. Maybe King has a habit of permanently parking his car in front of a neighbor's house (we all know neighbors like that). Maybe King's car is an embarrassing eyesore. Whatever the reason, King's problem is a neighbor, not the towing company and not the police. The holiday season is a good time to make amends with neighbors. King's kids might benefit from a lesson in neighborly relations.

If King wants to form his own towing company, charging half of what all the other companies charge, I say go for it — as long as he doesn't park his tow trucks, or stow the towed cars, in his neighborhood.

— Steven Mason

Editor’s note: Bradley King’s letter did not imply that towing companies were roaming Alameda streets to track and tow vehicles that haven’t moved. However, the title, ("Tow truck business is booming in Alameda,") written by the myself, not King, might have implied this notion.

Alameda Community:
As the calendar year comes to a close, we want to share with you the important difference you have made in the lives of Alameda students through your support of Alameda Education Foundation (AEF).

Your generosity in 2022 made it possible for AEF to:

Sponsor mental health care support for students and staff and their families.

Bring back our full Middle School Sports program (volleyball, basketball, and track & field), fostering essential life skills like sportsmanship and teamwork, along with academic and behavioral tie-ins, to help students prepare for high school.
Fulfill 65 Teacher Mini Grants focusing on low-income schools so that teachers can provide instructional items or experiences unique to their classrooms.

Purchase internet “hot spots” and devices for families so that no student falls behind due to lack of connectivity.

Distribute more than 1,000 fully stocked backpacks to students in need to make sure they start the school year with the supplies they need for success.

Expand our Art Changes visual arts program to feature more diverse local artists and art lessons so that students can experience representation while learning to express themselves through art. AEF continues to display hundreds of pieces of student art annually at locations throughout Alameda as part of our Art Across the Island program.

Provide enrichment after-school classes and summer camps to thousands of students to support their academic, emotional, and social growth.

None of this would have happened without you. Your generous donation allows AEF to bridge the gap and enrich the educational experiences of so many Alameda public school students. Can we count on you to support our students this holiday season?

Please consider making a year-end donation by visiting www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=4U6SPEE3QYL2L or mailing a check to AEF, PO Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94501.

— Vicki Sedlack, AEF Executive Director

Editor’s note: this letter was originally published in an Alameda Education Foundation newsletter.

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