Election season is here, and we’ve got big plans for making sure that you have all the information you need about your local candidates and the ballot issues you’ll be voting on. But we’re going to need your help to make those plans a reality.

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.

The Alamedan’s primary mission is to foster civic engagement by providing you with the tools you need to get involved. Helping voters make informed decisions on Election Day is a core piece of that mission.

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We had friends visit us last week. They came on Wednesday and left Saturday afternoon. In between we indulged in our favorite pastimes of talking, eating, riding around to restaurants and coming home to hang out and talk and visit some more.

The late wrestling star Joseph "Pepper" Gomez was always proud to be from Alameda. Gomez, who wrestled from the 1950s through the 1980s, sold out venues around the world and here in the Bay Area.

City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, council chambers, City Hall. Agenda

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s a review of your headlines for the week.

A new addition to the renaissance of eateries that the former Gold's Gym strip of businesses on Encinal Avenue enjoys is Sidestreet Pho, a restaurant that gives a tip of the hat to pre-war Vietnamese street cuisine.

The rule of thumb for running training is that whatever you run today will benefit you two to three weeks from now. So the last couple of weeks before a race should really be focused on "resting" and sharpening.

Should Alameda have one comprehensive high school or two? That’s one of the main questions facing schools leaders as their proposed $179.5 million facilities bond heads toward a November vote.

Alameda assessments

Alameda's property values rose a little more than 6 percent this year, a rate that's just shy of the county average. In Alameda County, Dublin saw values rise at the steepest rate, with 15 percent jump, while Berkeley's property values rose at the smallest rate in the county, 3.4 percent. Here are the numbers.

My work as a dating and relationship coach presents a lot of fun and unique situations that my clients present to me. Online dating is a unique way of meeting people but it does not have to be negative, traumatic or a lot of work if you follow simple guidelines.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone federal property near Crab Cove for park use – and to remove contested language from a companion measure council members said was designed to spell out what the council will do if the city is sued over the zoning change.