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Last Saturday was National Safe Digging Day. During the month of August Pacific Gas & Electric Co.  (PG&E) hopes to raise awareness about the importance of calling 811 before any digging project — large or small. When called, this free nationwide service dispatches all companies with underground lines to mark the location of their facilities and ensure safe digging, including electric, gas, water and telecommunications services. 

Third-party dig-ins and strikes on underground lines happen nearly every day. So far this year, there have been more than 200 dig-ins on PG&E’s underground lines in the East Bay alone. Many could have been avoided by calling 811 or placing an online request to 811express.com. 

No project is too small. Whether you are planting a tree, installing a fence or building a new structure — calling 811 can avoid fines, repair costs and even injury. Help save lives and keep communities safe with a call to 811 two business days before any digging project.


Vitaly Tyurin, Senior Manager PG&E East Bay Division

I just read Dennis Evanosky’s story (“Newspaper 101,” Aug. 9). Thank you very much for standing up to people who submit opinion letters as “facts” or write “personal attack” letters, especially against people of color and the homeless. 

I also appreciate your specific support of Doug Biggs and Malia Vella who have been wrongly and often viciously maligned.

Thanks for all that you do for the Alameda community, too!


Diane Cunningham Rizzo

The Alameda Free Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Challenge was quite a success. More than 3,100 registered participants joined us for a summer full of crafts, films, animal shows, story times, lectures, games, a portable planetarium and lots and lots of smiles. 

We couldn’t have had this level of success without the help of our amazing sponsors. Many thanks to the members of the Friends of the Alameda Free Library for their generous support.  

Thanks also to Tucker’s Super-Creamed Ice Cream and Subpar Miniature Golf, two local businesses that continued to support our readers despite it being a period of transition for both. Offering free goods and services to this many readers is a huge financial commitment and we appreciate them immensely.

We’d also like to thank the San Francisco Bay Ferry; Books, Inc. and the Oakland Athletics. By providing prizes for our Summer Reading Programs, these businesses and organizations provided the incentive many people need to keep reading, learning and growing all summer long.


Eva Volin, Children’s Services Librarian; Hallie Fields, Teen Services Librarian; Cosette Ratliff, Adult Services Librarian