Editor's Note

Last November, I announced that I had gone back to school to pursue a new career, and I reached out for help keeping Alameda covered while I make the transition. But there’s one more job that we’ll soon need to fill: Editor of The Alamedan.

We'll be taking a day off today to attend to some urgent family matters. Back on Friday with more news.

A few months ago, I received an exciting phone call: I’d been selected as one of a half dozen teens and women to be honored this month by Girls Inc. of the Island City as one of its Women Who Dare.

The awards luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue, Alameda Point. Tickets are $60 and are available online, and the money supports Girls Inc. of the Island City’s programs, which range from science to sports and self-defense. This year’s theme is Risk, Resiliency, and Reward.

The Alamedan will be taking a break this President's Day weekend, but don't fret: We'll be back with more news on Tuesday. Have a great weekend, Alameda!

Over these past few months, we’ve reported on a series of hot-button local issues that have included an election, rising rents and the selection of a new school board member. The stories have generated a lot of reader interest – and a growing number of anonymous personal attacks have been posted into our comments queue.

As someone who has edited local news websites for nearly seven years, I can tell you that there are few parts of the job that are more challenging than managing reader comments in a way that is respectful of both the commenter’s thoughts on a public figure or issue and the writers, staffers and policymakers who are on the receiving end.

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.