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. 


Residents of the homes along Jackson Park gathered Tuesday evening, Aug. 5, to celebrate National Night Out. Neighbors have been gathering for this event for 32 years. The concept was established in 1984, when an estimated 2.5 million people gathered in 400 communities. National Night Out is a crime prevention program that emphasizes building partnerships between the police and fire departments and the community. People gather the first Tuesday in August for block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities and seminars.


On Monday, Aug. 8, the City Council voted 3-2 to place a doctored version of the city-sponsored landlord-friendly rent ordinance (City Code 3148) on the ballot. The city tampered with the ordinance using last-minute language that can nullify months of effort by Alameda residents to ensure passage of a meaningful and effective rent stabilization law that plugs loopholes in City Code 3148.