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My descision to enjoy an evening cup of tea at Peet’s came to an abrupt and disturbing end last Saturday. I had forgotten our city’s newest restaurant "Capone’s" was opening that night. As a tee-totaler I don’t frequent the bars here.

Just before 9 p.m. I noticed people spilling out onto the Central Avenue from Capone’s. I knew something was up when seemingly every police car in Alameda arrived on the scene.

When the officers told the owner that he needed a permit to take over one of our city’s busiest interestions a fight broke out. I was told that the owner then assaulted one of the officers, not the kind of behavior I expect to see in my city.

Peter Johnson


The Midway Shelter for abused women and their children would like to thank all the generous people who donated money in the month of August. A number of the listed donors contributed several times last month.

The shelter would like to thank the L. Dang Family, Lois Pryor, John A. Johnson and Virginia Krutilek. Our hats are also off to John and Johanna Schuitema; Varetta Mayes and Virginia Neuhoff; Kathryn and Alan Hanley; and the Dawdy family.

Marian Breitbart sent us a check in August, as did Barbara Anderson, Kyla K., Kathleen Paget. Louis Toepfer and Paula Biwer. George E. McDonald remembered the shelter in August. Kim Brindley and Mike Brownlee also donated last month.

Sophia Moore sent a donation from Sophia’s Summer Camp. Jackie MacMillan gave on behalf of the residents of Cardinal Point. Mary Butler donated in memory of Colette Fox. Patricia Namba sent a donation in loving memory of her sister Leslye M. Robey. The Home of Truth Spiritual Center and members of Isle city #51 YLI also gave in August. One generous donor chose to remain anonymous.

If you would like to see your name listed with the wonderful donors for the month of September, make a check payable to the Alameda Homeless Network and mail it to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. Learn more by calling 523-2377 or logging onto www.midwayshelter.org

Ginny Krutilek

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Alameda Unified School District Interim Superintendent Sean McPhetridge.


Mr. McPhetridge:

I find it appalling that a child isn’t given time to complete a meal during lunch at Haight Elementary School. My daughter has been yelled at with food in her mouth to leave the lunch room! The principal made her leave before finishing her lunch on Thursday, Aug. 28. I have already called about this once. This is not acceptable.

You have overfilled the school and cannot accommodate all the children. This isn’t their problem, it is yours! California labor laws allow more time for a meal than you currently are allowing the children. It is my understanding the children are only allowed 10 minutes to eat. The time starts while they are attempting to find seating or are waiting in line.

I am asking this issue be resolved immediately so my child can have a useful rest period and complete a meal. I am waiting contact from you.

Patrick Long