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Enforce speed limit on Willie Stargell

Editor: Willie Stargell Avenue has become a race track between Fifth Street and Main Street throughout the week. There are no stop lights, stop signs, or speed bumps on this busy narrow two-lane city street. It’s not unusual for cars and trucks to exceed the posted 25 mph speed limit by 20-25 mph.

There are two heavily used streets that intersect in this short 1 Half mile section of Willie Stargell. Turning into and out of Mosley and Coral Sea is a never-ending drama, given the speed of the vehicles on the street. There are also two crosswalks at those streets that are used by those in the Coast Guard Housing as well as others.

These crosswalks are also used by children going to and from the Ruby Ridges Elementary School. There have been numerous incidents involving vehicles as well as stationery signs, utility and electrical boxes, and trees.

The situation has probably worsened with new businesses opening on the former base. Usage of the street has also likely increased with the construction of the new housing being built there as well. It is past time for traffic-control measures to be installed on this section of Willie Stargell. While such measures cannot ensure that all speeding will stop, they would greatly help — as they have on similar streets in the area such as Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

I have written, via email, all members of the City Council regarding this issue. I hope that others will join me in asking them to take action to ensure that our streets are safe. Their email addresses are on the City’s website under “Your Government.”

Jerry K. Mitchell

Fernside nightmares

Editor: I am a distance runner, and I drive a car. Both brought on recent “interesting” experiences on Fernside Boulevard near Encinal Avenue.

Last Saturday i was returning from an 11.5-mile run around Mt. Trashmore and then Bay Farm Island. I stopped my run at the crosswalk near Lincoln Middle School. You can press a button at that crosswalk and lights will flash so cars will stop.

So I pressed the button, the lights flashed and I looked up to the sound of screeching tires. I had not noticed the driver of a Mustang speeding down Fernside from Otis Drive. His Eminence stopped and blew his horn at me. I crossed Fernside and His Eminence blew his horn again and told me to have a nice day.

I was going to say something back to him and give him one of my “high signs,” but I was too tired.

Two days later (last evening) .I was waiting at the red light on Encinal at Fernside. The light turned green and the very kind lady in the car behind me blew her horn; not to tell me to hurry up, but, I think, to distract me so the car that had just run the red light wouldn’t hit me. My, oh my.

Dennis Evanosky

Stepping up to help our pets

Editor: As a former Alamedan, I know just how much Alamedans LOVE their pets. I mean, have you seen the Alameda Peeps Caturday posts? I’m reaching out with a meaningful campaign from Pet Food Express —including the one at the Bridgeside Shopping Center on Blanding Avenue at Broadway— to let your readers know about it.

From now to Aug. 1, Pet Food Express is holding its annual Fill the Food Bank campaign through Sunday, Aug. 1, to help struggling Californians care for their beloved dogs. This campaign is even more critical this year due to COVID-19’s unprecedented impact on Californians. Hundreds of pet parents are facing a forced surrender of their canine best friend because they took a hit financially. California’s EDD has paid $152 billion in unemployment benefits since March 2020.

Here are Fill the Food Bank highlights:

Pet Food Express will collect monetary donations in its 64 California stores and online at www.petfood.express/fillthefoodbank through Aug. 1.

A $10 donation gifts a 5-pound bag of FirstMate dog food to a pet family in need

100% of the funds donated will be used to purchase and distribute 5-pound bags of nutrient-rich, FirstMate dog food.

All 20 pet-centric food banks, shelters, and rescues are low-threshold or open-admission organizations who are interested solely in the welfare of California’s pet population. Alameda Animal Shelter is included.

Pet Food Express has set a 100,000 pound goal for 2021 and will match the first 10,000 pounds of donated dog food.

Sarah Andru