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The community has been simply amazing in reaching out with copious time, abundant resources, heartfelt dedication and continuous energy in assisting all efforts to help arson victims from the multiple fires that took place Sunday, Oct. 3.

Saboor Zafari owns Angela’s restaurant, which burned just before its grand opening. On behalf of the Friends of Saboor’s Arson Relief Fund, I want to especially thank the owners of Alameda’s bars and eateries.

These include the Rathskeller at the Elks Lodge, Trabocco, Pappo, Café Q, Sidestreet Pho, American Oak, Speisekammer, East End, Bowzer’s Pizza, Lola’s Chicken Shack, Linguini’s Pizza, C’era Una Volta, Monkey King Pub & Grub, Lost Weekend, TASTE at McGee’s and Tuckers Ice Cream.
These businesses created and conducted numerous efforts throughout the week, including Sunday Fund Day — which provided fundraising from sunrise to sunset, in a joyous eat, drink and be merry fashion!

Thanks also to the city of Alameda and its Social Services and Human Relations Board; the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Alameda Sun, the Alameda Journal, Jim Franz and Joe Dalipe, whose outreach got the word out and the staffing/performing assistance needed.

Announcements of upcoming events for Saboor’s Arson Relief Fund are available via www.Angelas2go.com and www.GoFundMe.com/angelas.

Jeannie Graham, Friends of Saboor’s Arson Relief Committee

In her front-page story on campaign spending Michele Ellson (“Election 2014,” Oct. 30) noted that opponents of Measure I, Save Our City! Alameda PAC, have not filed pre-election campaign finance statements.

That is correct, as contributions and expenditures have not reached the reporting thresholds. We will report in January, meeting the semi-annual filing deadline.
Frankly, we’ve heard so much negative sentiment about Measure I, it’s not clear a great deal of money was needed. By the time this letter is published, we’ll know if that negative translated to sufficient “no” votes to halt bad public policy in the form of an egregious tax bond measure.

I also note that neither Ellson’s story nor Dennis Evanosky’s story on the same front page (“Out-of-Towners Finance Campaigns,” Oct. 30) mentioned that the overwhelming majority of contributions to the Yes on I campaign came from organizations outside Alameda that stand to profit from the issuance of $180 million in taxpayer bonds. Almost no money has come from Alameda supporters of the measure.

David Howard


Congratulations on the Oct. 30 issue of the Sun. It demonstrated very graphically what is happening to our election process in Alameda. Hopefully everybody read and digested it thoroughly before voting.

Thank you so much for doing that.

Pat Gannon