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The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter:

Dear City Council:

I was very disappointed to read in our local paper, which is published in Alameda by a devoted Alamedan, that you recently sold that paper out to a corporate rag over approximately $40,000 in savings (a minuscule portion of our annual budget for fiscal year ‘20-‘21, which rounds to 0%.

To Councilmember Tony Daysog: For someone who claims to support “mom-and-pop” small businesses in Alameda, I find your decision to be unconscionable and absolutely hypocritical. Throwing a struggling local business under the bus to save a couple dollars is penny wise, pound foolish and suggests that your claimed support for local business is nothing more than lip service.

To Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Vice-Mayor Malia Vella: Look at who you sided with here, both for your third vote and also in the larger issue of small local business vs large corporate interests. When Walmart wants to set up shop next to Paganos, will you take the same positions?

Alameda is a wonderful city in no small part because of our small, local businesses, including a local paper which has survived massive national structural change in their media along with added short term pandemic stressors this past year.

Jumping ship on a struggling company is something I would expect from Goldman Sachs, not a small town city council ostensibly interested in keeping local newspapers alive through hard times. This decision was a disservice to all Alamedans.

To Joh I have also copied John Knox White and Trish Spencer. I want to thank them for trying.

— Richard Thomas

Editor:

The Alameda Sun is still the voice Of Alameda, regardless of the City Council’s “penny-wise, pound-foolish” decision to award its newspaper contract to the Alameda Journal.

A visit to the Journal’s letters-to-the-editor page confirms its cursory coverage of Alameda issues. In its June 25 edition, there were letters from readers in Pleasant Hill, Oakland, Berkeley, and Antioch; not one from Alameda.

Wikipedia’s description of the Journal fits: “The Alameda Journal is an American weekly paid newspaper which serves the city of Oakland and surrounding Alameda County, California. The Alameda Journal is now published under the name East Bay Times.”

Please keep the Alameda Sun’s vital “Voice Of Alameda” alive with subscriptions and donations.

— Mike Gilmore

Dear Chief Joshi:

I was relieved to see an Alameda Poliice Department (APD) vehicle monitoring traffic at the High Street Bridge during Tuesday’s commute.

I appreciate what your department does for Alameda. I think many drivers who do not at least fear the consequences of seeing APD monitoring traffic. This was especially evident Tuesday when I noticed everyone driving
not at, but under, the speed limit.

Many days I find myself having to pull over once I”m in Alameda to let the speeding tailgaters by, but not on Tuesday.

Many days, I wonder which car will race through a red light and put all of us in danger, but not on Tuesday.

Often when I see an APD vehicle I remember singer-songwriter David Crosby’s line, “It increases my paranoia, like looking in my rear-view mirror and seeing a police car.”

I laughed on Tuesday to thinkhow those words applied to some of the drivers.

Chief Joshi, just having these offiicrs on the road makes us all safter. Their being there will slow things down and just might save lives.

I found this especially touching this week when I learned that a drunk driver killed a pedestrian. I also recalled the story wrote about a man a driver struck here in Alameda and who later died of his injuries. I hope to see more of your offficers on the roads.

— Dennis Evanosky

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