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The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Encinal High School and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD).


Dear Sir:

According to Encinal High School’s (EHS) principal, the school received 500 more freshmen this year than were projected to join that school. I wonder if EHS and AUSD can explain where all these extra children came from.

The entire school population, before this sudden flood of students was projected to be 1,100 students, including all four years of study. Surely, the teaching staff and physical plant are not adequate to handle a 50 percent population explosion.

What is going on?

Robert Robillard


I was disappointed to see the focus of the Alameda Sun’s front page story ("Former Bank Reopens as Speakeasy Lounge," Sept. 4). I suppose in the post-reality-TV-drama-over-substance world of social media the big story is the arrest of the owner of the new "mega-bar" on its opening night, but honestly, I felt the focus was a pathetic editorial choice.

The First National Bank of Alameda sat vacant for years. Finally someone comes along and invests what had to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in refurbishing and restoring the property, and out of the entire article, only the lead sentence describes the opening of the business. The remainder of the article goes into unnecessary detail about an inebriated individual’s poor judgment in interfering with a policeman responding to an unrelated matter across the street.

I have no doubt that the next day that Mark Strachan woke up with a hangover and a serious sense of regret, and embarrassment. I don’t need to read a newspaper interview of the "day after" to confirm that.

But thanks to the Sun’s decision to focus on the negative, I know nothing about this new business that offers an opportunity to experience a more refined venue for sipping a martini without 10 enormous TV screens blaring some ubiquitous sporting event somewhere. I would have liked to have read more about the challenges of the restoration and perhaps a little more about how the owner sought to imbue the lounge with a roaring twenties theme.

But alas, no.

I’m sorry that in the excitement of opening night liquor clouded the owner’s judgment, but I am more disappointed that the Sun let that overshadow the debut of an interesting new business.

Rob Schmidt


I walk on Webster Street every morning. I am distressed at the amount of trash I see on the street. Business owners, is it really OK with you that your customers have to come into your business through trash, whether you are a restaurant, a bank or a hair salon.

If I owned a business on the street, on any street, it would not be OK with me. It would be someone’s job (probably mine) to pick up around the building every morning and as often as necessary during the day to keep the place looking decent.

And if I had a fast food franchise, I would send someone up and down the streets around my business to pick up our trash that people drop.

And to back it up a step, Alameda residents, don’t throw your trash down in the first place. There are trash cans on every block. Use them!

Joyce McConeghey