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I have worked for the youth of our community for more than 20 years, attempting to assure them the opportunities to grow athletically and academically. And for almost all of those 20 years I have known Mike McMahon to also be sincerely and authentically interested in the same effort.

I met him at Alameda Little League in 1995 when he coached and umpired there. Since then I have worked with him, most recently while he has been on the Alameda Unified School District school board. I know him to be knowledgeable about the issues that our schools face and he is determined to meet the challenges of educating the youth in our great community. I urge you to support his candidacy in any way you can, and to vote for him on Nov. 4.

Ron Matthews


At 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, our dinner was disturbed for a second time by loud banging and non-stop doorbell ringing at our front door. We weren’t surprised when we asked who it was and a man and a young child answered "we’re Mayor Gilmore’s street team walking for her." Uh, can’t she do her own walking?

Even if I was a fan of the current mayor, this thoughtless and selfish annoyance by any candidate is inexcusable. I hate adding to the dirge of political yard signs, but we’ve put up an "Already Voted" sign in front as a result which probably won’t stop them.

They obviously ignored our "we don’t do any business at the front door" sign in place for years since the last election onslaught of local doorbangers. And instead of all the Alameda election sign-blight everywhere, we’d much rather see Halloween holiday signs and decorations.

We don’t need hired hands or 1984 message propaganda onslaught to influence how we vote. Remember, just because someone has amassed a large monetary war chest to pay for far more signs ruining our city ambience, the most signs may not mean the best candidate for any role.

Don’t let anyone tell you how to vote.

Michael Lano


There is one candidate for city council who rises heads and shoulders above the rest. Jim Oddie. It’s not just that Oddie has been active in our community for years, as the head of the Alameda Democratic Club for many years, serving on the America’s Cup committee, working to ensure Alameda Hospital’s finances are strong.

As a candidate with integrity, who is clear about where he stands and listens to all people carefully, no matter their opinions, Oddie is a needed voice on the City Council. Our city has made great strides in the last four years. Securing significant funding for parks, bringing in new businesses and holding developers accountable for the impacts their projects bring.

Oddie is the best candidate for council to ensure that Alameda remains headed on the right track.

John Knox White