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I found the coverage of the Nov. 4 city council meeting (“Renters Storm City Hall, Get Moratorium,” Nov. 12) to be biased in two regards. 
First, there is no reason to mention that Bob Davis identifies as a transgender woman. Bob’s gender has no relevance to the story. Why did Ikeme not write about the gender of every person involved? We all have a gender that is made up of three components: biology (our sex assigned at birth), identity (the gender we feel that we are) and expression (how we present ourselves-dress, hair, etc). 
Did the writer assume Bob’s gender based on Bob’s expression? Many people do not have all three parts of their gender in alignment. Some of us do not conform to gender norms in how we dress- this does not mean we identify as transgender. For example, I am a woman who wears “masculine” clothes and has short hair. I hope that you will educate yourself on this topic to increase respect for people of all gender identities. Gender Spectrum is a local organization offering education, genderspectrum.org.
Second, the reporter wrote that the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) felt “they were being kept out of the meeting intentionally...” however, there were no quotes from anyone from ARC or any other renters. Only the opinions of one landlord were shared, denying the claim. Based on articles in other publications and reports from neighbors who attended the meeting, there are allegations that property owners paid people to take up seats so that renters could not get into the meeting. This was completely left out of the article and it jumps to a defense of this claim from one landlord.
Given that the rent crisis is one of the biggest issues in Alameda in the last few years, the readers deserve to have both sides of the issue more accurately reported. The article completely leaves out the dozens of other peaceful renters who attended the meeting and have a real stake in the outcome of the meeting. Many of us renters are being forced out of Alameda, and we may be sad and frustrated, but the majority of us are not violent.
Fortunately, the mayor gave renters the air time that was deserved for such an important issue, and the moratorium is a step in the right direction. I hope that the Alameda Sun provides more balanced and unbiased reporting on this issue in the future. 
I also hope that Alamedans will talk to their neighbors who are renters to understand their perspective. We are not just temporary residents. We care deeply about this city and our fellow residents and we also contribute to our community.

Kim Baranek

As we celebrate this Veterans Day let us thank God for the heroes, both living and dead, who are and were willing to answer the call when this nation was threatened by the ones who would take away our freedom that by the grace of God we who live in this land called America enjoy.
Let us never forget the sacrifices that were and are being made to ensure that our government of the people, for the people, and by the people stand also for all of God’s children so help us God. 


Jack Stevens

The Rotary Club of Alameda has released the list of recipients for its 2015 Season of Giving Community Grants Program to be awarded on Tuesday, Dec. 1. This year, 18 organizations will receive a total of $15,000 to further their missions of supporting Alameda residents. They include the Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Alameda Education Foundation, Food Bank, Friends of the Park, Meals on Wheels, Alameda Music Project, Altarena Playhouse, Encinal High School, American Association of University Women, Boost Leadership, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Island High School, League of Women Voters, Pacific Pinball Museum, YMCA, Rhythmix Cultural Works and Girls Inc.
The Rotary grants program is funded through beverage sales at the Concerts at the Cove music series and the generosity of local businesses that support the free family friendly concerts. Rotary wants to acknowledge and thank those businesses including Alameda Landing/Catellus Development Corp., Alameda Point Partners, Kane & Associates Realty, Alain Pinel Realty, Harbor Bay Realty, Broadway Management, Bay Ship & Yacht, Café Jolie, Calafia Taqueria, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Rosenblum Cellars, R & B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Jeff Cohen Cellars, Faction Brewing, Kelly Lux State Farm Insurance, Alameda Sun, Alameda Journal, East Bay Express, Alameda County Industries, Alameda Association of Realtors, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda and Alana Dill, resident face painter.
The concert music series is jointly produced through the efforts of many Rotarians, the staff of the East Bay Regional Park District, and funding from the Regional Parks Foundation. Without these partners, Concerts at the Cove would not be possible.
The Rotary Club of Alameda would like to thank the community for supporting the Concerts at the Cove music series through the purchase of beverages and food. Together, we make a difference in the lives of Alameda residents.


Doug Siden & Jeff Cambra, Co-Chairs, Rotary Club of Alameda Community Grants Committee