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Alameda lost a tremendous legend “Mr. Alameda” Lil Arnerich and the institution Pauline’s Antiques in the span of just days. It’s the end of an era.

There was no one like Lil. He did everything he possibly could to make our city better. For decades he supported this community as both an elected official and as a resident. Just looking at all this former baseball great and his wife, Norma, did for youth and afterschool sports here shows he was irreplaceable.

While one can’t compare Lil’s many accomplishments with a store, the eminent closing of Pauline’s Antiques is sad because Pauline Kelley offered more than a store. It was a fun, never-ending museum of pop culture. Who didn’t get lost in Pauline’s while exploring multiple levels stocked from floor to ceiling? 

From 1950s Look and Life magazines, to vinyl records, 8-Track tapes, casettes, CDs and DVDs, you could find anything there. Classic original 1930s Viewmasters and their accompanying photographic image cardboard circles, estate-quality jewelry, toys, games, electronics from the early 1900s, you name it; this tremendous history curator will not be forgotten.

Pauline and family, thank you for the years of pleasure and wonder you brought everyone. 


Dr. Mike Lano

The Alameda Sun staff recently received these kind reviews from new and renewing subscribers.

Great local paper!
— M.E. Cannon & Judy Wagner

Love your weekly fishwrap!
— Margie Siegel

Thank you for the Sun!
— Harlan and Ann Richter

Alameda Sun, Eric Kos:
Enclosed is a check for $30. I look forward to reading the Alameda Sun with all the local news. Keep up the good work. You and your staff are appreciated so much. 
A very senior citizen,
— Louise Grayson

Keep up the great work!
— Cary and Cynthia Taylor

Happy to help you stay in circulation. Keep up the good work!
— Jim and Carmen Sprecher

We owe you for a total of 16 years prior to our new subscription last year. Thank you for the outstanding service that you provide to our community. We appreciate it!

Reina Galanes & Kingmun Siu

Editor’s note: These generous subscribers, Reina and Kingmun, just contributed $400, the value of 16 years’ worth of subscriptions to the Alameda Sun bottom line. With support like this, the Sun looks forward to another 16 years of service to Alameda. While we never solicit donations, we very much appreciate any level of contributions Alamedans send us. Please keep in mind, the Sun remains a for-profit company and any donations cannot be written off on tax returns. Thanks to everyone who finds a way to support us!


The League of Women Voters Alameda (LWVA) invites all members of the community to Meet Your Public Officials (MYPO) at its annual mixer and fundraiser on Thursday, April 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Elks Lodge ballroom.

At MYPO you can “speed date” your elected and appointed representatives by signing up for a five-minute, one-on-one conversation.  What better way to make your voice heard than to chat with the Mayor and members of the City Council, city and county school boards, Alameda Heath Care District, AC Transit Board, police and fire chiefs, plus our City Manager, transportation director and community development director?

Featured among the auction items is a seven-night stay at the magnificent Kidani Village in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Enjoy catered appetizers plus wine and beer from our no-host bar. 

LWVA is an active political organization of women and men dedicated to making democracy work. It does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but we do take positions on public policy issues at the national, state and local levels. 

Additional candidates’ nights and ballot measure pros and cons forums have been set for April 26, May 3 and 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. Further information is at LWVAlameda.org. 


Georgia Gates Derr, President, LWVA


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