I’m responding to recent letters asking us to replace Nancy O’Malley as our District Attorney (DA), (“Local politicians endorse corrupt district attorney,” April 19. I offer the following rebuttal. O’Malley is the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s DA. She has been in office for 10 years. She is fair minded, but also a tough advocate for justice. One example of her fairness is evidenced by her dismissing nearly 6,000 old marijuana cases in the wake of the new state law legalizing possession and recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older. 


Last week I attended a middle- school track meet held at the College of Alameda and had a great time. I was there with my son and his family to watch my 12-year-old granddaughter run in the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 200-meter relay races. She did well, all the kids did well and the crowd did best of all.


Thanks to community support, and voter-approved funding, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) has exciting new projects under way to improve public access, recreational opportunities and educational services in local regional parks. 


Thank you to Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri and his incredible team for immediately addressing the concerns of recent crime on Webster Street. Working with Chief Rolleri the West Alameda Business Association has created a West End Community Safety Forum scheduled for Thrusday, May 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. upstairs in Otaez Restaurant, 1619 Webster St.  

Come see what’s new at the Spring Festival and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer! The 18th annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival has something for everyone: art, crafts, live music, festival food, refreshing beverages, an interactive kids area and now a third performance stage. All the fun happens this weekend (May 12 and 13) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is free to attend.