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Editor:

Donald Lindsey’s letter ("Offensive headline," May 7) was so full of contradictions that I can’t help wondering if it was possibly intended to be humorous.

How can he claim "property owners and tenants alike care about each other." Evicting someone without giving that person a courteous explanation for the action certainly doesn’t seem like "caring" to me. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the victims of such action would indeed describe it as "duplicitous."

"We have a way of solving our differences as a community," he says. Eviction without explanation is a solution?

"Owners do not give 60-day notices lightly," he says. It certainly seems like they did in the examples mentioned in the article.

"Inflammatory headlines may sell newspapers..." he says, but the Alameda Sun is distributed in my building for free.

I suspect Mr. Lindsey has never been on the receiving end of the actions he’s defending or he would sing a different tune.

Ken Hensley

Editor:

In my commentary (“Ethical Behavior Wanted from City Council,” May 7) I inadvertently stated that the old Public Safety Employees’ contracts expired in Dec 2017. 

They actually were to expire in June 2017 while the new contracts will remain in effect until Dec 2021.

— Kurt Peterson

Editor:

The Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) advertised on page 11 of last week’s Alameda Sun. The ad solicited applications for the Measure I Bond Oversight Committee. This offers an excellent opportunity for community members to join the group that will review how these funds are spent.

In November 2014, 62.75 percent of Alameda voters approved the Measure I Facilities Bond, but many voters were unsure about where the money would go. AUSD had a plan in place for half the funds to upgrade elementary and middle school facilities, but the high schools’ plan has yet to be decided.

We have put a lot of trust in the AUSD board to make the right decisions. It’s crucial to have a well-qualified oversight committee to ensure good governance and transparency as these decisions are being made.

AUSD asks applicants to visit www.alameda.k12.ca.us and click on the Measure I link for more information. Applications for the Oversight Committee must be received at the AUSD Superintendent’s Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

On Thursday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., Alameda residents can hear AUSD Board President Barbara Kahn and Superintendent Sean McPhetridge speak at a League of Women Voters of Alameda public forum on “New Directions for Alameda’s Schools” Room 605 (The “Junior Jet Hanger”) at Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. 

The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session in which you can ask the $179.5 million questions: 

How will decisions be made about Measure I funds? Who will make them?

— Ruth Dixon-Mueller

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