It’s always been about the animals. 

In 2011, when I began my service as a volunteer board member for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), our small nonprofit stepped forward to stop Alameda from closing our shelter and outsourcing a mandated city service to another municipality. We knew that if this happened stray animals would face certain death and that lost pets — our neighbors’ pets — would face greatly reduced odds of being reunited with their grieving owners. We couldn’t let that happen. Alameda deserved better. Our animals deserved better.


Let’s pause for a moment to focus on who Measure B1 is really all about: our students, our children. Despite a recent letter to the editor inaccurately written by a vocal minority, we as dedicated Alamedans know that Measure B1 is the only means of preventing devastating $12 million cut in our local school budget.


A few years ago, in a tragic accident, I lost a brother. I had never met him, but he was my brother nonetheless. My brother was a lineworker for a local power company. To get to the location where he needed to make repairs, he “free climbed” up a utility pole, which means that nothing secured him to the pole except his own hands and feet. But he lost his footing and fell to his death. One small miscalculation cost him his life.


During his presidency, Franklin Delano Roosevelt went to the airways via radio to bring his “Fireside Chats” to the American people informing them of the issues of the day. On a smaller scale, I hope  you will allow me to come into your home and address measure K1, more commonly known as the Utility Modernization Act (UMA). I am strongly in favor of its passage. 

I will not attempt to influence your vote, but ask you to study the issue thoroughly. There will be pros and cons on this measure, and that is healthy and good. This is known as “democracy at work.”