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Editor: I have been asking myself this question: “What makes Mia Bonta run?” Could it be name recognition? A big, overwhelmingly funded “machine”? Her family, reputed to bend the rules to succeed? A California Democratic Party that fails to question alleged voter fraud and conflicts of interest?

I don’t have all the answers to these questions — I just wonder about the tremendous rise to power of one family. The people of AD-18 and all of California deserve answers. We deserve to know why the Democratic Party would ignore allegations of malfeasance to endorse a candidate.

Compared to Ramachandran who spent $194,839 in the primary, $725,008 was spent on the Bonta campaign. Could companies be pursuing future statewide ballot measures, for which the Attorney General will write the title and summary seen by voters?

These disparities are well worth considering before deciding who to vote for in August.

— Kenneth Werner

Editor: Girls Inc. of the Island City hopes you all are doing well and enjoying the summer months. Thank you for your continued support which has allowed us to hold current, in-person Summer Camp. In August, we look forward to welcoming girls and teens back to in-person, after-school programs and to resuming Alameda Island Kids, our licensed child-care service.

Every year in July, we hold our annual community and board recognition awards event where we celebrate our amazing donors, volunteers, community partners, board members, and staff who have gone above and beyond in support of our mission to empower girls.

This year, with uncertainties still surrounding COVID, we decided not to have our usual in-person awards dinner. We are extremely grateful to all the awardees who generously gave of their time, talent, and treasure to ensure that girls grow up strong, smart, and bold. We couldn’t do what we do without their tremendous support.

— Claudia Page President Girls Inc. Board of Directors

Editor: Boys & Girls Clubs serves nearly 4 million young people each and every year, To show its ongoing support in preparing today’s youth for a bright tomorrow Ross Stores, Inc. is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs with a three-week program called, “Help Local Kids Learn.” Over the lifetime of this partnership, Ross Stores and the Ross Stores Foundation have been responsible for donations of $20 million in support of clubs across America.

From this Saturday, July 31. until Sunday, Aug. 22, Ross customers in Alameda can make a monetary contribution at checkout to the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.

Every $3 donation helps provide one hour of Power Hour homework help for a club youth, and $15 helps keep a kid safe after school. We encourage you to get to our local Ross store and donate. You can also donate at https://givebutter.com/alameda.

— Lauren Zimmerman Cook, Chair Alameda Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors