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Alameda community:
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Pat Potter, the former Board President for Bike Walk Alameda (BWA), who passed away last month. We first got to know Pat as a volunteer when she sadly had her bicycle stolen while she was working at an energizer station on Bike to Work Day. But that didn’t deter Pat! She quickly got another bike and continued to dive into working to make Alameda a better place to bike and walk. She joined our board in 2018 and was elected President in 2020.

It’s impossible to list all of Pat’s contributions to our community. She was involved in so many initiatives from leading the charge on the Central Avenue project to most recently helping with the Grand Street advocacy.

Pat wasn’t just a BWA board member, she was also on the board of Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA). In that dual role, she conceived and managed our co-hosted candidates’ forums with CASA, which is a tradition we hope to continue in her memory.

We’re going to miss your friendship and leadership, Pat. We’ll keep our milkweed healthy for your Monarch butterflies.

To read Potter’s obit, visit https://alamedasun.com/obituaries/16364.

If you’re interested in honoring Pat’s environmental legacy, CASA is organizing a beach cleanup this weekend in her honor. The event will take place at Seaplane Lagoon/the Rake, Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Bike Walk Alameda

Editor’s note: This letter was originally published in the Bike Walk Alameda newsletter.

In my letter (“What a Pathetic Show,” Nov. 17; https://alamedasun.com/letters/16345), I stated that both representatives Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna pulled their support for the letter of the Progressive Caucus calling for negotiations to end the Ukraine war.

The Progressive Caucus had submitted the letter to President Biden, then pulled it when the Democrat leadership disapproved. I was mistaken about Representative Khanna. To his credit, he was the one member of the Caucus not to retract his call for negotiations. My apologies to Mr. Khanna.

— Edward Malik

Thank you for your coverage of high school sports in Alameda. In your latest article, (“Alameda Athletes Selected to All-League Teams,” Dec. 1; https://alamedasun.com/news/alameda-athletes-selected-all-league-teams#:....), you missed three Encinal cross country runners who received All-League honors: first team women’s All-League should include Lexi Altura and Isabela Macias-Fraser; and second team men’s All-League should include Laith Owens.

— Don Porteous

Editor’s note: The correction has been made in the online version of the article, https://alamedasun.com/news/alameda-athletes-selected-all-league-teams. Congratulations to all the athletes named to the fall All-League teams.