I recently witnesses an officer from the Alameda Police Department (APD) making an arrest. This did not make the news as far as I’m aware, though it is certainly newsworthy.


In remembering Carrie Beavers, the first adjective that comes to mind is kind, followed by congenial, considerate, charismatic, cheerful and clever. Sweet must also be included, because Carrie was that above all.

During my infrequent visits to Alameda Sun headquarters, I was assured of a warm hug and a compliment from the always affable Carrie. Busy newspaper workers can be a brooding, self-absorbed, grumpy lot, but not Carrie. She was always pleasant, with a warm smile and a jovial, good-natured greeting. She radiated the warmth of the Sun.


When Melodie was 21 years old, she made a mistake and committed a crime. Melodie served her sentence and paid her debt to the courts. But before she could get her life back on track, she had to pay her debt to the bail bondsmen.


I’m writing in response to Eric Strimling’s letter (“Here comes the outside money,” Aug. 18.)

I find it ironic that he and the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) is concerned about outside money funding anti-rent control sentiment in Alameda when outside money has in fact funded their efforts. Tenants Together, a San Francisco organization that according to its mission statement “seeks to galvanize a statewide movement for renters’ rights,” has been actively aiding the ARC to advocate for rent control in Alameda. 

As to Strimling’s “myths”:


As many Alameda Sun readers know, Carrie Beavers and the Alameda Sun were synonymous for a decade. To many Alameda residents, Carrie was the face of the Sun, the first person they saw when they visited. To nearly everyone who came by, Carrie was immediately friendly, generous and caring.