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Thank you so much for your support and willingness to help spread our messages of love. I am writing as one member of the Carry Chalk team. 

Mike Lano’s letter (“Thanks for messages of hope, inspiration,” Oct. 4) was beautiful and I appreciate it so much. I want him to know that his letter, along with others, hangs in my office as inspiration. 

It seems in the world we live in today, we are often exposed to discouraging words. They are rampant in our households, on our TVs, the Internet, in traffic and even in the music we listen to. We are a society that consumes so much anger and I wanted to change that in my own little way. What began as an effort to cheer my own self up, became something that others responded to as well. 

We have been caught many times while chalking, and everyone we meet takes the time to hug or thank us. Some tell us stories of what one quote has meant to them. Strangers soon become friends. 

People have sent us photos of their own chalk quotes in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, New York City, Chicago, Boston, San Diego and Los Angeles. They are testaments to the human spirit, that even in the midst of the cruelty all around us, we can still keep our hearts open to little messages on the sidewalks. 

People are beautiful, and there are heroes on every corner. They are making their children breakfast, fighting the traffic for a stressful job, keeping our streets safe, helping our older residents, teaching our children, managing teams, stocking produce, delivering mail, creating art, maintaining our electricity, cleaning our parks, maintaining our libraries, caring for our animals, filling our cavities, keeping us healthy and managing life in a stressful world. 

We must look for our heroes, and we must look for love, because love works, love is still the answer, and love is the only way. 

Carry Chalk stands for love, and encouragement and feeling good. We want our messages to bring people a bit of light and something to ponder. We like to say that Carry Chalk in a nutshell is shots of love and words of wisdom. 

Though we wish to remain anonymous, we would like people to know that we have an Instagram, so if you would like to keep up on Carry Chalk, or join the team, or post your own chalk writings, just find us there and hashtag CarryChalk. We have a nice collection of chalk writings there.

If anyone would like to email us, they may do so at carrychalk@gmail.com.

Thank you to every one of you for being beautiful humans. 

We won’t let hatred grow. 
With light and love, 


Carry Chalk

What a thrill to find on the commentary column penned by our valued City Auditor and Treasurer, affectionately known as “the Kevins” on a recent opinion page (“‘The Kevins’ Offer Their Endorsements,” Oct. 11).   

I am proud of these brave men, two elected office holders and neighbors willing to take a stand against local political intimidation to express their view.

Alameda residents have the right to know what is going on with their hard-earned tax dollars here in Alameda and who is better informed to shed the correct light than the Kevins? 

I, for one, respect their endorsements of Tony Daysog (who I have met) and Robert Matz (who I have not) for election to City Council.

If they are competent enough for the Kevins, I say let’s vote them in. It will be a pleasure to see these new faces in the Fourth of July parade!


Ray Mazur


At the July 24 Alameda City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Spencer initiated changes for the staff to revise the “restrictive and unfriendly barriers in the current Alameda Cannabis ordinance.” This ordinance has only been in effect for nine months and has now already gone to staff for revisions. 

There are two proposed revisions which concern our youth. 

  • n Maintain the buffer zone of 1,000 feet from public and private K-12 schools and reduce the buffer zone to 600 feet for all other sensitive uses for dispensaries and cultivation uses. What is meant by “sensitive” uses? 
  • n Amend ordinance language to clarify that certain uses do not qualify as a “school,” including providing a definition for tutoring centers. 

These two proposals vitally concern Alameda’ children, especially our youngest and most vulnerable. There is no mention of child care, daycare or preschool centers. Our parks and recreational areas are not noted in these proposed changes, raising the question of whether or not they will all still maintain the buffer zone of 1,000 feet.

Hopefully during the upcoming Mayoral and Council elections, responsible voters will choose to protect our children, and will remember this anti-kid measure when they place their vote on who will be the leaders of Alameda.


Don Sherratt, former educator