Given the historic events of the early part of 2020, the Class of 2020 will forever hold a special place in history as class that had their graduation ceremonies deferred, delayed or denied. Many local celebrations took forms not seen before: car parades, virtual Zoom and Minecraft graduations and diploma receptions wearing gloves and masks along with caps and gowns.
Encinal High School’s 2020 class valedictorian Zander Lack, who will attend Stanford in the fall, poses for a photo at the class graduation celebration at Alameda Theater. The Alameda Sun aims to publish the entire list of grads next week and mail a copy to everyone in town — the most Suns ever printed at one time, 37,000. To advertise or subscribe call (510) 263-1824 or see www.alamedasun.com.
Soon after this paper was founded, Nightline, a daily television news program hosted by Ted Koppel opened the phone lines to the nation one spring night in 2003 and asked the question, “What is the most racist city in America?” One caller offered: “Alameda, California.”
Publishers and Staff of the Alameda Sun would like to thank our family of advertisers, subscribers and donors for keeping the Sun shining.
It’s not like that isn’t how it always was, Alameda, this paper is made possible by you, the people of Alameda. Indeed, I may be one of you, I coordinate this paper every week, but without your support, I couldn’t do so. My staff works hard to get things right for this community. We try to share our pages with as many Alamedans as we can.
Business owners and organizations, take note. There are some myths going around in Alameda about the Alameda Sun. That it’s the place where anyone from anywhere can just send in notices of events, and — at no cost to anyone — people all over town read about them. The Sun somehow gets 24,000 copies of these free announcements, or even stories — some with color photographs — to magically arrive all over town. And it doesn’t cost anything.
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.
We love our subscribers so much, we’ve decided to present a new feature (on page 10) on the Alameda Sun family of supporters. The feature will present a list of Gold Circle subscribers honoring those who’ve made donations. The Silver Circle will list long-time, multiple year and currently advertising subscribers. Our standard subscribers will also appear in their own list.
I just can’t quite resist continuing to print thank yous to our treasured subscribers and supporters this week. The outpouring of renewals and new subscriptions along with generous contributions to the Alameda Sun has now topped $8,000.
This may mark the last of these weekly thank you letters on this page as we convert this to a weekly standing feature somewhere else. It’s just we want to return the space on this page to the community, so we can print more of their letters.
This week, myself and the Alameda Sun staff would like to thank the following subscribers who responded to an editorial calling for support (“Now is the Time to Support this Unique Source of Alameda News,” Feb. 23). Since the article appeared we have raised more than $4,000 for the paper, mostly in $25 increments.