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The Alameda Sun is reprinting this letter from our online partner, The Alamedan.

Dear Alameda Community:

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes the end of The Alamedan’s publishing year. We hope you have a wonderful holiday break and we look forward to coming back to you with more news in 2015.

This is also the time of year that we reach out to you, our readers, to ask you to consider supporting us with a contribution that will help us continue to provide you the local news you need. This year we need your help more than ever as we work to grow and transition the site to new leadership.

In 2014 we expanded our coverage beyond the schools and City Hall to offer comprehensive development news and in-depth reports to guide you to and through the November election. We broke stories on a city councilman’s previously undisclosed fraud conviction and the release of a man wrongly accused of setting a string of fires on and around Park Street.

We’ve got the information you need on the people and places that make Alameda unique. And we’re connecting with you through social media, with breaking news and traffic alerts and our tweet by tweet coverage of big decisions at City Hall.

Nearly 120,000 people visited The Alamedan this year — a 50 percent increase over 2013 — and we’re connecting with even more readers through Facebook and Twitter. We think this demonstrates a strong desire for the local news and information The Alamedan provides.

We’d like to continue to grow The Alamedan, but we can’t do it without your help. If you value the news and information we provide, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to support our work.

Contributing to The Alamedan is easy. You can make a one-time or monthly contribution online through our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives (select Alameda Community News Project from the scroll-down menu). You can also support us by sending a check to Community Initiatives (with Alameda Community News Project in the register), 354 Pine Street Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.

If you’ve got a local company or business, you can let the community know you support them and their need to know by sponsoring us. The Alamedan offers sponsorship opportunities to meet every business’s needs and budget.

Thank you for reading, and for supporting The Alamedan. We’ll see you next year!

Michelle Ellson, Editor, The Alamedan

Editor:

You know, I was recently doing some research into past City Council meetings in Alameda, and I discovered numerous occasions when councilmembers directed staff on their activities. It seems like in years past, the council had less concern about requesting staff take more care in doing their jobs.

Recent councils have come across as rubber-stampers that do whatever staff wants. My hope is that under Mayor Trish Spencer, the council will actually question staff rather than staff telling council what to do with a carefully worded report it can blindly approve.

Coho Jerkins

Editor:

I organized the Black Lives Matter rally on Sunday, Dec. 14. I wanted to give huge thanks to the members of our community who came out in solidarity with those across the country who are protesting the police killings of African-Americans.

I had planned a peaceful rally and, though some expressed concern that violence might erupt, as it has in nearby cities, I was grateful that the event did indeed remain peaceful. We walked from City Hall to Encinal Avenue by way of Park Street and back. We held signs and chanted, "Black lives matter; all lives matter," and were encouraged by bystanders and drivers who honked, shouted "Right on," and gave thumbs-ups and fist salutes. The rally seemed welcome.

I want to thank the people who helped put the rally together. Shimona Carvalho designed the flyer. Darcie Takeuchi made copies and distributed them throughout the Island. Karen Green and Carol Fairweather brainstormed with me. At the rally itself, Audrey Hyman guided our group’s march.

After the rally and since, many have indicated their interest in doing more demonstrations, keeping that momentum and maintaining a connection to the struggle for justice for all. I’m not sure what, or when, a next event will be, but keep your eyes and ears open.

Michelle Blair

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