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Dear Mayor Ashcraft and Councilmembers Knox-White, Daysog, Oddie & Vella:
I join Alameda Citizens Taskforce and the Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, in urging Council to release the recording of the Aug. 16, 2017, meeting with Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella concerning the hiring of a new Fire Chief. 

We are aware that, due to the pendency of Councilmember Vella’s claim against the city for recovery of her legal fees and damage to her reputation and privacy, the California Public Records Act does allow you to delay the release of the tape until her claim is resolved. However, we are urging you to exercise your discretion and immediately release the tape to the public.

While there may be some risk to the city in releasing the tape now, both Oddie and Vella are eligible to run for re-election in November of 2020 and the public has a right to know their culpability, or lack thereof, well before that election far outweighs that risk. 

In fact, since both Oddie and Vella vehemently deny any wrongdoing one would think they would want the tape released.


Michael M. Kelly

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.


The women and children of Alameda’s Midway Shelter would like to thank the individuals and groups who have contributed to the shelter for abused women and their children. A number of the listed donors contributed several times in October. 

Karen Butter was among the October donors along with: The Pipkin-McGrath family, Christine Runyan, Paula Patillo-Dupree, Mary Scott, David Mercado, Virginia Krutilek and Jay Dawson. 

The shelter received generous gifts from: Tomorr Haxhimali, Lois Pryor, Armand Acosta, Mary Buck and Sandra & Lance Russum in memory of: Marion Yeeaw, Minnie Campanaaro, Joe R Hunt, Kirk Randolph Elder, Edward J Mahoney, Tim Mark, Ray Augustus and Lou Benasso. Alameda Elks Lodge 1015 B.P.O.E. donated in October. Tina & Bob Kreitz, Fern Borst and two anonymous donors also deserve our thanks.

To see your name among the November donors, send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda 94501. For further information call 357-0205, Ext. 206 or see www.midwayshelter.org.


Ginny Krutilek

Dennis & Eric:
Thank you so much for including me in the 2020 Alameda Sun Anniversary plans to coordinate the first-ever Alameda city-wide spring yard sale. 

As an Alameda resident and East Bay Realtor, I enjoy offering helpful services to my Alameda neighbors and organized three multi-family yard sales this past summer. What a great time we had with more than 55 families participating to sell their stuff and make some serious dough — some families made more than $500 in one day!

My team and I are busy making lists of sponsors for this city-wide extravaganza, and hope to get hundreds and hundreds of families involved in the fun! All Alameda residents are invited to join in the fun to get rid of some stuff and make some money! There will be a small entrance fee, (TBD), which will go directly to help the Alameda Sun and Girls Inc. of the Island City. 

In the meantime, families who may be interested in joining this spring’s 2020 City-Wide Yard Sale Extravaganza can visit my site www.LuxBayAreaHomes.com to get an idea of how this gigantic yard sale party will go, or call me directly at 846-5695 for more details.

Thanks again, Eric and Dennis, for providing detailed and un-biased news to all of Alameda. Here’s to another 20 informative years!


Dede Tabor