Buena Vista parking tickets were accident

On Aug. 22, The Alameda Journal published the letter headlined "Surprise parking tickets a bad tactic."

The letter writer understandably presumed Public Works had changed the street-sweeping hours, which led to a couple people getting parking citations -- a surprise to them and, in this instance, to the city as well.

What happened was unintentional and certainly not a tactic by the city. Rather, it was the carelessness of a contractor working for Alameda Municipal Power who, as they were replacing light poles on five blocks of Buena Vista Avenue, had taken down the street sweeping signs and got them mixed up when reposting them.

As a result, two cars were cited. One has paid the citation and will receive a refund; the other citation has been dismissed. AMP has since corrected all the signage.

I want to assure residents that the city would not install street sweeping signs or change the hours without conducting outreach to inform affected residents. Finally, I encourage anyone who finds such surprises to simply call the city to get an answer or resolution.

Bob Haun

Public Works Director

Thanks for backing our Rhythmix event


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On behalf of Rhythmix Cultural Works, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who made our annual Wine, Women & Song event such a smashing success. The outpouring of community support helped RCW reach our fundraising goal to provide free cultural arts programs to youth at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc. and the Alameda Music Project and serve up to 1,500 AUSD students in the coming year.

Big thanks go out to all of our performers, artists, volunteers, sponsors, in-kind donors, board and advisory board members for their support and generosity:

Perforce Foundation, Little House Café, OMM Inc., Bank of the Orient, Bay Ship & Yacht, Eyewise Optometry, First Community Bank, Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, Michaan's Auctions, Property Investment Services, Rain Defense, Tracy Zollinger, L.Ac., Trans Pacific National Bank, Yankwich & Associates, Irish Monkey Cellars, Megawines, Pasta Pelican, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Winery, Alameda Sun, Alameda/Oakland Magazines, East Bay Express, Altarena Playhouse, Atlantis Casino, Bay Island Gymnastics, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bellanico, C'era Una Volta, Café Clem, Cal Academy of Sciences, CalShakes, Carolyn West, Chabot Space & Science, Chelsea's Gold, Chicha Bistro, Chop Bar, Cole Coffee, Complements Hair Design, Concannon Vineyard, De Young Museum, Disneyland, Donsuemor, Eric Kos, Dennis Evanovsky, Feel Good Bakery, Golden State Warriors, Greens & Grains, Ho He Ha, Kamakura Restaurant, La Mediterranee, La Note, Mark Sorensen, Tom Squire, Napa Valley Wine Train, Oakland Raiders, Oakland Zoo, Ozumo, Pacific Pinball Museum, Pasta Pelican, Pier 39, Rain Defense, Nob Hill, SF Ballet, San Jose Sharks, Semifreddi's, Sol Rouge Winery, Spice I am, The Kleid Group, The Winery-SF, Touchstone Climbing & Fitness, Trabocco, Trader Joe's, Trang's Nail Spa, Tucker's Ice Cream, Walt Disney Family Museum, Winery Collective. 

With you there is art.

Tina Blaine

Rhythmix Cultural Works

Ferguson federal probe looks needed

A federal inquiry into the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, seems necessary because the citizens and police seem to have two different realities about what transpired. Before the Civil Rights Act was passed, a situation such as in Ferguson would have been investigated by the local authorities. We all know how unequal those investigations usually turned out, especially in certain states.

The media itself is to blame as well. The adage "if it bleeds, it leads" drives sensationalism in reporting, further obscuring the facts. The U.S. government now has an opportunity to investigate in a more impartial way. We should all take a deep breath and wait for the full report on the evidence.

Anne Spanier

Hamas coercion of its people uncovered

Recently, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully killed three militant commanders of Hamas and two from Islamic Jihad who are responsible for shooting rockets into Israel.

In response, terrorist Hamas leaders brutally murdered dozens of residents whom they accused of spying and informing the IDF of the locations of those commanders. But what did I see in this newspaper? A short article about the deaths of the five commanders and two very large photos: one of building rubble with grim-looking people standing among the wreckage and another of a grieving Palestinian man.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, why is the Bay Area News Group focusing on the Palestinian troubles from IDF instead of the terror they experience at the hands of their own leaders who demand their obedience and fear? Presenting those photos of sad, terrorized people of Gaza hides a significant source of their pain. They don't dare question Hamas or Islamic Jihad openly because their loved ones become targets of vengeance. That's why Gazans stay in homes and shelters even when warned to leave by the IDF. They denounce Israel. They lie about whatever Hamas tells them to lie about.

The paper must not just publish shocking photos that inflame hatred against Israel and the Jews, and must report deeper truths that explain why Israel -- a country the size of postage stamp -- feels it must respond with devastating military power against a despairing people.

Barbara Kluger

Oakland