Letters to the Editor
The 1973 Measure A has been an important component of maintaining the beauty of our city. We understand that the City Council is considering placing a charter amendment to eliminate this measure on the November ballot. This seems wrong on many levels. Changing the 1973 Measure A has implications on our historical housing and the cohesiveness of our neighborhoods.
Why the rush? Why is the City Council having a critical conversation about development and housing density while we are sheltering in place? We do not think that the residents of Alameda have been given an opportunity to understand the changes being recommended or to voice our opinion.
To go forward now while we have limited access seems manipulative. Rushing an expensive charter amendment on to the November ballot short circuits the usual process of hearings and public comment.
We request that you allow more time for residents to understand the changes you are seeking and not place a charter amendment on the November ballot.
Since the pandemic began in the U.S., 30 local newspapers have closed, depriving communities of critical information about COVID-19 when we need it most. That’s why we need immediate support in Congress for the Local News and Emergency Information Act (S. 3718), a bipartisan effort to include local news outlets in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These crucial news sources are currently excluded from the program. Urge your senators to co-sponsor Senate Bill 3718.
Facing devastating losses as ad revenue has dried up, news outlets have laid off, furloughed or cut the pay of more than 36,000 journalists since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. The furloughs and layoffs of these essential workers are diminishing all Americans’ ability to find out what’s happening in our communities, to access life-saving public health information and to hear the latest about plans to rebuild. Send a letter to your senators today.
Senate Bill 3178 would make local newspapers, radio stations and TV broadcasters eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program established in the CARES Act. The funding would have to be used to produce local news, information or emergency information, and to keep local journalists and those who support them on the job. The bill currently has four senator co-sponsors: Maria Cantwell (D-WA), John Boozman (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Ask your senators to co-sponsor Senate Bill 3718.
For more information about the fight to Save The News, visit www.savethenews.org.
Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children. A number of the listed donors contributed several times in May.
This month’s generous donors included: Jay Dawson, Gabrielle Dolphin & Alan Pryor, the Pipkin-McGrath family, Carolyn Queener, Kappi Bowen and Joanne Robinson. Dianne Richmond gave from the heart along with: Mary Ellen McMuldren, Roger & Judith Ecker, Noel & Cathy Folsom, Virginia Krutilek, Thomas & Luzanne Engh and Beverly Church.
The women and children of the shelter also thank: Scott Benson & Elana Swartzman, Barbara Anderson, Alana & Hubert Luchtman, Guy Mayes & Nancy Issel-Mayes, Malyon Booth, Patricia & Roger Baer, Frederica Kapp and Ed & Peg Kofman for their contributions. Mark & Helen Simpson gave generously as did: Eleaine Kofman, Kathy & Glenn Henderson, Louis E Rembrandt, Richard & Susan Osama, Ross & Nancy Peterson, Carol Gerdes and the Alameda Kiwanis Foundation.
Kelly Marx, Dona & William Fuller, Hewitt-Jones & Fitch and Lois Pryor were among May’s generous donors as were: Richard & Susan Sherratt, Shirley Goodman, Susan Getman & Don Kelley, Andrea & John Medulan, Marian Williams and Cynthia & Craig Stewart.
Pamela Willams helped out with a gift and was joined by: Cathy & Richard Hagen, Susanne Hamilton, Nancy Gordan, Eugene Hosler & Barbara Hall, Camilla Whyte, Joyce & David Denyven, Luise Roke, Jim Franz & Jan Nichols. We also are grateful to: Mary Buck, Lily & Gary Gee, Suzanne Hart, Maria Kerosky, Donna Marchetti, First Congregational Church of Alameda, Joanne & David Archer, Pam & Willem VandeKamp, Karen Butter, Cheryl & Al Filart, Wayne & Margaret Crawford, Bill & Judith Norton and Helen K Pedersen.
Three donors chose to remain anonymous.
To see your name among the June donors, send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda 94501. For more information call (510) 357-0205, Ext. 206 or visit www.midwayshelter.org