Letters to the Editor
Dear Eric, Dennis & Alameda Sun staff:
Thank you so much for supporting our awesome “Sensory Santa” event on Dec. 1 (“Kids with Special Needs Can Arrange Quiet Visits with Santa,” Nov. 22). We had 17 families and 27 local children come by for a free visit and professional picture with Santa.
Many families told us how grateful they were to be able to take their children to Santa for the first time because we offered private visits in a low-stimuli environment. About half of the children were on the Autism Spectrum. One mom told us that her family with 12-year-old twin boys on the autism spectrum, had not had a family picture taken in years until our event.
Thank you for helping to get the word out with my article and sharing the event.
I wish to congratulate newly elected Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Vice-mayor John Know White and Councilmembers Tony Daysog and Jim Oddie, I hope that they realize that the residents of Alameda are counting on their honest, transparent and thoughtful decision making Alameda the very best it can be.
To that end, I wish that they carefully evaluate their positions on the key concerns facing the city (traffic, housing development, safety and education). I hope they realize that they took an oath to not only support the U.S. Constitution, Constitution of the State of California, but that they will also faithfully discharge (wording as it appears in the oath) the duties of their elected office of the City of Alameda.
This last phrase in the oath is the one that I wish to further elaborate on. One of their most important duties is to uphold the City Charter. Recently, a black cloud has hovered over the City Council in regards to possible violations to the Charter. The former City Council and Mayor appointed a private firm to investigate these allegations. The firm’s conclusion was that there appeared to be violations of the Charter.
This report was forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to decide if criminal violations had taken place. Six months later in mid-October (3 weeks before this Fall’s election), the District Attorney’s office forwarded the matter to the Grand Jury, where it is still pending.
I wish to again state the importance of honesty and transparency in the roles of Alameda’s elected officials. The people of Alameda will be watching to make sure that you properly serve in the role we have entrusted you with.
Seven years. Nearly 13 tons of donated fresh fruit.
Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) presents wonderful educational programs each month. We screen informative and important films. We publish useful articles each month in the Alameda Sun. We occasionally march in the Fourth of July Parade. We are the most popular booth each year at Alameda’s Earth Day celebration as well as at many other school and community events.
But, mostly, we pick fruit from Alameda trees in Alameda yards — apples, plums, oranges, lemons, persimmons and more. We pick fruit that would otherwise just be left to the birds or to rot on the ground. We pick fruit and take it to the Alameda Food Bank so that our fellow Alamedans can share in the bounty that is the island of Alameda.
We work hard. We are proud of our work. We are all volunteers. Our budget is modest. We are frugal with the money we receive. We do good things.
If you can, as you make your holiday plans, please consider helping ABG with any amount you can afford. Donate on our web page, mail a check to Alameda Backyard Growers, Inc., c/o 2051 Shoreline Drive, Apt. 213, Alameda 94501, or shop Amazon Smile and select ABG as your recipient organization.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your donation is tax deductible.