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Dear Alameda:
Thank you so much for the generosity you’ve shown to the local Coast Guard families. We went to the pop-up food bank you created today and we’re amazed at how much you had donated. We are so honored!

We are especially thankful for the local businesses and organizations that served as donation centers, the stores that donated and to the Alameda families who gave as they could.
Thanks for having our backs! When you’re on the water, we’ll have yours!

Bay Area Coast Guard Families


Having been born and raised in Alameda, I am continually astonished and embarrassed that the playing fields and pool I grew up with are in worse shape than when I graduated Alameda High School (AHS) in 1987. I’m specifically addressing the Encinal High School and AHS football and soccer fields. 

To be blunt, the fields at Encinal and AHS should be considered dangerous, especially during the winter sport season. Parents from opposing teams have asked if our fields double as dog parks. I am actually surprised a team has not forfeited against us due to safety concerns. I’ll leave the embarrassment of what is happening at the Emma Hood pool to someone else, but it falls under the same umbrella of negligence of public facilities in Alameda.

Making matters even more frustrating is that Oakland Tech, Oakland High, Castlemont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson, Hayward, Arroyo, Berkeley and other high schools in the area have upgraded to year-round turf playing surfaces, which are much safer than our mud pits.

I’m sure someone could write a novel on how and why this has happened, but I’m too busy and it’s futile to look backwards. However, I do feel encouraged by the constructive and insightful conversations I’ve had with both Superintendent Sean McPhetridge and Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education member Jennifer Williams. I’ve come to learn that the school board is initiating a strategic-planning process that has the potential of identifying and selling underutilized district-owned facilities with the goal of raising money that could be used to address this long-standing problem in Alameda.

As a parent of a soccer-playing AHS freshman and a life-long resident, I urge the AUSD board to please execute a cost analysis of upgrading the fields (and pools) using the raised funds. It would be great to finally exceed this city’s otherwise modest expectations of its public facilities. Not only would the fields be considered safer for Island City kids and visiting players, but in being year-round turf fields, perhaps other athletic groups could utilize them as well. This would greatly benefit Alameda’s youth and coming generations of families here.


Joe DeFranco


Has anyone else seen the people poaching recyclables from inside the city’s stationary recycling bins? They just unlatch them and take out the contents. I’ve seen it several times now.

I emailed the waste management company to notify them that it’s happening but got no response. 

I don’t know if that is legal or not, but it sure seems to be a bad idea for those bins to be unlocked all the time. 


Ken Hensley