Editor's Note

The Alamedan will be mounting a stronger fundraising push this year to support our work, which will include some events (like our upcoming Tomatina Dine & Donate fundraiser next Wednesday, January 21), an advertising program and more reminders from us about the importance of supporting local news.

Support local news and enjoy a delicious meal on Park Street at the same time! Alameda’s Tomatina is supporting The Alamedan by sponsoring a Dine & Donate event on Wednesday, January 21.

Just present a copy of the flyer attached at the bottom of this post and Tomatina will donate 15 percent of your lunch, dinner or takeout food and beverage check to support the local news and views The Alamedan provides.

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes the end of The Alamedan’s publishing year. This is also the time of year that we reach out to you, our readers, to ask you to consider supporting us with a contribution that will help us continue to provide you the local news you need.

For most of the last seven years I’ve covered Alameda’s news, most recently as the editor of The Alamedan. But this fall, I went back to school to pursue a new career. This means I need to significantly dial back my commitment to the site, which has to date been a full-time, volunteer gig.

The Alamedan/Alameda Sun city candidate forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 18 in the Regina K. Stafford Room in the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. And you can check out your school board candidates from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 20 in the multipurpose room at Maya Lin School, 825 Taylor Avenue.

On Tuesday morning, I woke to one of an editor’s worst nightmares: The Alamedan couldn’t be accessed by our readers, and in fact had already been unavailable for several hours.

All told, the site was down for about 11 hours as our web hosting company, Liquid Web, scrambled to figure out what was blocking access to the scores of websites its servers host all over the country and to restore it.

Now that (almost) all of your local candidates have declared, election season is in full swing. And we here at The Alamedan are ready to tell you what you need to know about all the local races to be an informed voter.

Today we're introducing our new Development Alerts - e-mailed updates intended to let you know about new development proposals as soon as we do and to provide you with the information you need to have your say.

UPDATE: We've passed our $1,000 fundraising goal! Thanks to Aidan Barry, Karen Butter, Vicki Sedlack and Chuck Kapelke for pushing us over the line!

Today, we’re kicking off our Election 2014 fundraising drive. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to make sure you know who’s running, how they’d vote on the issues they’ll confront if elected, what their track record has been on major local issues and who’s paying for their campaigns.