Alameda Education Association president, Audrey Hyman, left, joined Alameda Fire-fighters Local 689 president Jeff Del Bono, far right, in presenting a check for $8,300 to Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Executive Director Doug Biggs. The teachers and firefighters hosted their second annual crab feed in February at the Albert H. DeWitt O Club. They donated the evening’s proceeds to APC to support its Academic Center and Teen Center programs.
The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Safety Accessibility Program provides services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 and to the disabled of any age.
The program offers installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replaces aging batteries. The program also has grab bars, handrails, raised toilets to install and provides nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks.
“Our program is eager to serve you and your family,” said AFD Chief Mike D’Orazi.
Robert Sullwold’s incendiary criticism of city hall and the firefighters union IAFF Local 689 (“City Stuffs Stockings for AFD Firefighters,” March 27) showed dogged and detailed research. He is to be commended for bringing such numbers to light in the community interest.
As all professional firefighters know, the first thing one does when something is ablaze is to vent and let the smoke out and he does a fine job of this as well. The problem is that what all those numbers add up to, as far as his reasoning goes, amounts to mostly smoke.
Bill Gates has nothing on our city council when it comes to beneficence toward the favored few.
Every child probably would like to have a rich uncle who can be counted on regularly to put the latest gadget under the Christmas tree. But even Bill Gates’s nieces and nephews might envy the members of the Alameda firefighters’ union, whose letters to Santa have found a receptive audience — one might even say a captive audience — at City Hall.