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The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to the Alameda community.

Dear Alameda: 
Thank you. On April 9 you voted with your heart and your mind. You decided that Alameda and Alamedans can and should be leaders to guide the way through challenging issues. Most importantly, you opened a path for frail elderly homeless, homeless in need of medical support and fellow Alamedans who are at risk of losing their housing or recently made homeless to get the services they need.

We Care Alameda ran an honorable campaign with a simple goal, educate people about the project. We had help from a wonderful campaign team and our amazing campaign volunteers who kept showing up, and lending their support and their passion to the campaign. 

We elect leaders, so they can lead, and we are so fortunate to have been guided in this effort by the leadership of Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie.

To those of you that voted “yes” on A and “no” on B — thank you for caring. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the project, and for sharing what you learned with your friends and neighbors.

To those of you that voted “yes” on B — thank you for being an extra voice asking hard questions that ensure this project will be what we have always said it would be: well designed, well run and a benefit to the community and the clients it will be serving.

To those few of you who insisted on trying to make the wellness center something it isn’t in order to scare people away, in this election, truth prevailed.

The election is over, and we are still neighbors. We have a lot of work ahead of us before the wellness center becomes operational, and that work includes additional opportunities for public input. Time to put away the lawnsigns and billboards and work together to make this happen. Thank you.

Doug Biggs, Executive Director Alameda Point Collaborative

Editor:
Beneath the passionate debate surrounding the recent Alameda special election lies perhaps an overlooked bipartisan tale: the efforts by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters staff who teamed up with many volunteers to make the April 9 election a reality.

As a new participant, I observed the proceedings firsthand. From the outset, I was impressed by the mandatory three-hour training session for all poll workers. As a retired teacher, I appreciated the in-class instruction and the applications which included useful hands-on activities.

Work hours included a preliminary, one-hour Monday evening set-up followed by a voting day shift which ran from 6 a.m. until nearly 9 p.m. Election materials in two different, carefully sealed delivery carts — from ballots and index lists to collapsible voting booths and three different color-coded ballot trollies — had to be properly assembled and safeguarded before the polls opened at 7 a.m. 

Each voting precinct was led by an inspector and a judge who made certain all procedures were followed to the letter (e.g., when to issue a provisional ballot, who needs voter assistance). My two supervisors — overseen by a roving multi-precinct coordinator — rotated the various job responsibilities to further ensure security and attentiveness throughout the 13-hour voting period.

The stipend was modest, but the real takeaway was witnessing the hard work and dedication exhibited by those around me. As Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Each citizen’s right to vote is fundamental to all the other rights of citizenship.”

 

Rob Sloan

Editor:
In response to the recent letter from Hunter Cobb (“No revenge for Mueller, but...,” April 11), I disagree with with all but one of the letter’s points, that being that there is indeed a “perversion of our system” that should never happen again. 

In my opinion, that perversion is the person currently sitting in the Oval Office. He is currently leading the most corrupt, cruel, reckless and pathetically incompetent administration in my lifetime, and I lived through RIchard Nixon! 

While Donald Trump is currently claiming exoneration, let me remind everyone that until last week no one except his hired gun Bill Barr had actually seen the report, so maybe pump the brakes with the celebration and outrage? If it truly clears Trump of wrongdoing, why not release it for all to see? What are they afraid of? Similarly with his tax returns. What is he hiding? 

I won’t address the numerous Fox “news” fever-dream conspiracy theories that the letter promotes. I’d rather just make note of the following facts to support my claim that 45 is the most corrupt and unqualified person ever to hold the office of president of the United States.

  • He continues to violate the emoluments clause of the constitution, profiting off his office, 
  • He is weakening all our democratic alliances while advancing the global interests of Putin,
  • He surrounds himself with felons and unqualified family members while all the qualified “adults in the room” have jumped ship, and 
  • He has told an astounding more than 8,000 lies since being in office. 

And do I need to mention his affinity for “the fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville? He may deny that he’s a racist, a white supremacist and an Islamophobe but one thing he can’t deny: the racists, white supremacists and Islamophobes sure think he is. 

So yes, there is a perversion of our system that should never happen again. Hopefully the next election will remedy that.

 

Steven Heller

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