Editor's Note

This is an exciting week for us here at The Alamedan: On Friday, we turn the corner on two years of providing you high-quality local news coverage and a voice in local affairs. I’d like to thank you for reading, and for your story ideas and support of our work.

To provide more of the news, explanatory reports and accountability journalism you want, we are going to need your help.

Are you interested in the future of Alameda Point? If so, we’ve scheduled a meetup where you can share your ideas on the Point with other like-minded souls.

The Alamedan’s Alameda Point meetup will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 31 at Blue Danube, which is on the corner of Park Street and Alameda Avenue. There’s no charge to come and share your thought on the Point, and Blue Danube has coffee, wine, sandwiches and treats available to purchase and enjoy.

The crew here at The Alamedan is looking forward to providing more of the news that matters to you in 2014, and we could use a little help doing that. We’re looking for a few good folks to help us broaden our coverage of the Island.

Specifically, we’re looking for freelance writers interested in keeping our readers abreast of local business and tech and to help us build our coverage of the 2014 elections. We’re also on the lookout for newshounds who can help us extend or coverage of big issues with local implications and overlooked local stories.

If you value the news and information The Alamedan serves up fresh every weekday, we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help us keep it flowing.

The Alameda Food Bank has kicked off its annual turkey collection drive for the holidays at what promises to be yet another tough juncture for the Island’s poor and needy.

Is The Alamedan your indispensable news source? We're looking for a few good folks who are willing to let the world know by writing a brief testimonial describing why you value the work we do.

Testimonials will be included in the materials we're putting together for our brand-new sponsorship program, which will give local companies an opportunity to demonstrate their support for community journalism made right here in Alameda. So by offering one, you'll be helping The Alamedan remain the Island's go-to resource for news on Alameda Point, City Hall, schools and more.

If you’re a regular reader of The Alamedan, you may have noticed a change a few months back in the way we handle reader comments: We no longer require you to register to comment on the site. We made the change to better facilitate conversations about the issues we’re tackling, and so far, it looks like we’re achieving that goal.

One other change we’ll be making, effective today: The Alamedan will no longer publish anonymous comments.

We here at The Alamedan are looking for a little information about our audience. To help us, please take this quick - and anonymous - six-question survey. The information will be used to inform our efforts and as part of a package we're assembling for potential sponsors. Thanks in advance for your assistance!

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If you're a regular visitor to The Alamedan, you may be noticing a few changes to our website. Advisory Board member (and web guru) Jack Boeger has been hard at work over these last few months on The Alamedan 2.0, and we're rolling out our more user-friendly (and prettier!) website today. The site's design incorporates a number of the suggestions you gave us for improving it earlier this year (including the white background). We're hoping you find the site easier to both navigate and read, both on your laptop and your phone. Feel free to let us know what you think about the new site by e-mailing me at michele@thealamedan.org.