Now is the Time to Support this Unique Source of Alameda News

Now is the Time to Support this Unique Source of Alameda News


Each Thursday, the Alameda Sun distributes 23,500 copies of this newspaper throughout Alameda. The Sun prides itself in being a locally owned newspaper that covers nothing but Alameda. Each week readers turn to the Sun to learn about what is happening in the Island City — whether to the Police Blotter, Fire Wire or the weekly events calendar. The Sun  offers topical stories on its front, sports, health and kids’ pages. 

This all costs money. Most readers are surprised to learn that it costs the Alameda Sun $422,000 a year just to pay its employees, the press and the distributor and keep the landlord happy. 

This figure does not include bills to keep the lights on, to have the garbage picked up or pay for office supplies or postage. That means that the publishers Eric J. Kos and Dennis Evanosky have to raise at least $1,250 a day — each and every day of the year, weekends and Christmas included, without fail.

All this money comes from our loyal advertisers and subscribers. Where does this money go? 

The Sun’s payroll totals $20,000 a month or $240,000 a year. No full-timer on staff, including the publishers, is paid more than $15 an hour — minimum wage in this day and age. Some staff members are paid more, but they work part time. No one on the Sun staff could live on the money that he or she earns at the Sun. All full-timers depend on outside income, for example from Social Security or help from a partner. 

In addition to payroll, rent and incidentals, the Sun has core, must-pay, weekly bills from its press and distributor. Some weeks, these two bills alone total $3,200 — that’s each and every week, for a total of $166,400 a year. Sometimes we fall short. This happens at the beginning of each year, something dictated by the rhythm of business with its ups and downs. 

We publish the Sun at practically minimum wage because have ink in our blood — we think it is extremely important that Alameda has an independent newspaper. Kos and Evanosky are deeply committed to the community. Over the years, they have given hundreds of free history walks and talks to the community. Dennis has written a book about Alameda’s history and architecture — a book that would came about in part because of Kos’s expert design help. 

For four years Eric served as president of the Greater Alameda Business. Evanosky currently serves at the president of the Alameda Museum. Both Kos and Evanosky have shared their expertise with members of the community without charge. 

Readers and fellow history buffs who agree, please subscribe to the Alameda Sun or purchase Kos and Evanosky’s history books — they’ve written 12 books in all and are working on two more. Please consider picking up a copy of the duo’s newest title, Lost Ballparks, available for pre-order now. 

At this time, the Alameda Sun is asking Alameda to invest in its local news and its local history. Write a check for an annual subscription for just $25 and mail it to Alameda Sun 3215J Encinal Ave., Alameda CA 94501 today. Thank you.