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Kennels at the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) are packed and FAAS is almost out of space! If you’ve been thinking of adopting a dog or puppy, now would be a great time to come on down to FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way. You’ll gain a wonderful new friend while helping FAAS free up room for incoming homeless pets.

FAAS is currently caring for 40 dogs, not including those with foster families. It could be a while before we see such a great bumper crop of canine companions again. We are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays. The adoption center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 


John L. Lipp FAAS Executive Director


As a longtime Alameda resident  I find that Gaby Dolphin’s views are out of touch with the concerns and needs of everyday Alameda residents. She has made numerous faux pas on local issues including her demeaning comments regarding Asian-Americans, and now her recent article personally demeaning City Auditor Kevin Kearney and City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy (“The Kevins”) for their insight and honesty. As the supposed co-chair of the Democratic Club she is turning me (and others) off with her comments and agenda. Clearly she and perhaps the Democratic Club is heavily influenced by the unions and politicians that have done a disservice to the residents of Alameda.

Alameda is a small city and I hope we support candidates who are not looking to enhance their political ambitions but rather to seek opportunities to best serve this wonderful small island city.


C. Chu


My wife and I recently spent a day in Alameda enjoying its various charms.

Unfortunately, my wife’s handbag was stolen at a local eatery and I somehow let my credit card holder fall out of my front pants pocket — the first time this has ever happened. Apparently my wife’s handbag was tossed into some bushes after the thief had stolen her cash, ID and credit cards. 

Fortunately, Andrew Russell quickly found, packed and shipped my wife’s beloved handbag to her after determining her home telephone number from inspecting the small, old clamshell cell phone the robber apparently did not want or did not see.
The manager and the employees of the restaurant where the purse had been snatched were upset and genuinely empathetic.

From the charges made on one of my wife’s cards, it appears that the person who had stolen them was rather stupid and mainly interested in using PlayStation, dealing with Stockx and obtaining cash. A few days later, someone anonymously mailed me my credit card holder; no charges had been made against it.

We happened to run into Sergeant Ryan DeRespini of the Alameda Police Department. He proved extremely helpful and tried to assist us in several ways, including trying to identify the perpetrator, telling us who we should notify, etc.

We salute the fine folks of Alameda, who clearly comprise the vast majority of those living on your Island.

One suggestion: Have a foot patrol officer on Park Street in the evenings. I think this will deter major criminal behavior and keep adults from illegally riding their bicycles at pedestrians on the sidewalk.

Stephen & Joanne Karetzky