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The Park Street Business Association (PSBA) extends heartfelt thanks to the Alameda Fire Department (AFD), the Alameda Police Department (APD) and the Alameda Public Works Department for quickly responding to the recent rash of fires in the downtown district during the early morning hours of Sept. 28.

With the close proximity of the buildings in the district, one of the biggest fears we have is fire. Because of the quick response by AFD and other cities extending mutual aid, the damage, while devastating to the effected businesses, could have be much worse without the rapid and intense response.

In addition, we’d like to thank APD for apprehending two persons of interest so quickly. We also want to thank the un-named police officer who discovered a burning trash container behind Lee Auto and put the fire out before any damage to the two structures could take place. A Public Works crew did a terrific job in responding to the emergency and closing down streets and providing detours around the area as the police and fire departments were doing their jobs in the affected areas of the downtown district.

We just want AFD, APD and Public Works to know how much the entire membership PSBA appreciates their efforts.

Donna Layburn, President; Robb Ratto, Executive Director, Park Street Business Association

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.


Dear District Attorney O’Malley:

Early yesterday morning, the City of Alameda was victim to a series of suspicious fires set within a four-hour period. Many lives were put at risk. Some residents had to flee from their burning homes in the dark. We were very fortunate that no one was injured or killed.

In all, 11 properties were affected: one suffered minor damage, seven were severely damaged and three were destroyed. Five businesses have been shuttered; five residential units have been rendered uninhabitable.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested two men for suspicion of arson, and will be presenting the police reports, statements and physical evidence to your office.

I ask that you charge the suspects for the crimes for which they were arrested. Your office will receive the full cooperation from APD and the fire department with the prosecution.

If the men are convicted, I ask that you seek the maximum punishment allowed under the law.

On behalf of the city of Alameda, I thank you for all your efforts.

Mayor Marie Gilmore


With all the talk of child abuse, why is it never mentioned that Sweden has a law against spanking? Spank a child there and you could go to jail.

Several years ago I visited Sweden and asked about the law. I was told it was successful. I was asked if people really went to jail. They told me that spankers are first counseled. If counseling doesn’t work, then the spankers go to jail.

They believe that spanking alienates children and has a negative effect on their self-esteem. I have heard that Germany and England are considering passing a similar law.

Elizabeth Prosser