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Alameda Community:
The Hawaii Community Foundation and Maui United Way are accepting monetary donations online to benefit Maui residents affected by recent wildfires.

The Hawaii Community Foundation started a Maui Strong Fund to support residents affected by the wildfires, which firefighting crews continue to battle in Lahaina and nearby areas. Donations can be made at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong.

Maui United Way is accepting donations to its Maui Fire and Disaster Relief fund at https://mauiunitedway.org/disasterrelief.

Financial donations can be used right away to directly help those affected, such as replacing lost items like prescription medications or reading glasses. Every financial donation — no matter the size — brings hope to those affected. For example, $5 can provide a blanket and $10 can provide a meal.

— Alameda Sun staff

Alameda County:
Are you a student who is passionate about state or local government?

If so, I encourage you to apply for my Fall 2023 Student Internship Program. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the inside world of the California State Assembly while helping serve the local community in the district office.

Working as a hybrid intern at home and from my District Office in Oakland, you will play a key role in representing the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Emeryville, and Alameda.

This is a multi-faceted experience, combining detailed legislative analysis with thoughtfully designed communication and social media know-how. Interns will work directly with constituents, helping community members navigate state government services, and coordinating with public service groups at events around the District.

Serving as a student intern is a special opportunity to work and learn side-by-side with state lawmakers and staff policy experts. As a representative of the office, you can meet and work with local elected officials, community groups, business leaders, and non-profits from across the 18th District, serving as the eyes and ears of the office to help us stay up to date on public issues and directly serve constituents where they live.

Do you have a great idea for the next California law? Interns will have the opportunity to propose new legislation, work with staff to research policy ideas, interview policy experts and interest groups, and present their findings directly to me, Assemblymember Bonta.

My office is looking for engaged students in college or recent graduates, who are looking to spend at least 10 hours a week learning about California policy and representing the AD-18 community. The internship begins Sept. 5, and lasts until Dec. 15. The last day to apply is Aug. 18, so please submit your application soon to begin your hands-on education on California public policy and local public service.

— Mia Bonta, California Assemblymember, 18th District

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is anti-police, just like former Councilmember John Knox White.

Please explain how, using your logic, those crimes could have been prevented. My neighbor across the street lost his work truck fully locked. My other neighbor had his vehicle vandalized. The next house over had her car stolen in broad daylight. Their vehicle was recovered by CHP near a homeless encampment. These criminals do not have money to look for work but can afford a computer to unlock these new generation cars.

A couple of months ago a real estate agent had her car stolen with a toddler inside. The lady around the corner had her gas tank pierced to steal the gas in the middle of the night. The little hardware store had near me had his front door torn away twice.

To top it all, last night a neighbor coming home was robbed at gunpoint. This is only one block.

Never mind the multiples gun battles on Park Street and the park where anyone could have been killed. All that is under your leadership, because your office issued directives to the police to stop traffic stops as they were considered in your warped view discriminatory. If you drive with expired tags, broken taillight, run a stop sign or red light, and so on, it is your fault not discrimination.

You have been elected to serve the entire community, while you are serving a fringe of the population, sadly criminal among them.

Perhaps it is time for a recall.

— Joel Rambaud