Editor's note: Support us this spring!

Editor's note: Support us this spring!

Michele Ellson
The Alamedan

Spring is a busy time for the news business – and especially for the local news business. While I was finalizing our special report on Alameda’s loss of a high-profile grant – a story that took three days just to write, and several weeks to report – the news tips poured in with the force of a king tide.

The past week alone brought queries about the apparent return of anchor-outs to the Alameda/Oakland Estuary, the dismantling of a dock that doubles as a home for a family of seals, the grand opening of Alameda’s first affordable housing complex for developmentally disabled people, some upcoming car wash fundraisers that will showcase water-saving efforts in the face of California’s drought and the overhaul of the city’s Mif Albright golf course.

All of these stories are worthy of exploration. And with a little help from you, dear reader, we may be able to cover more of them.

The Alamedan provides local news coverage free of charge, because we think it’s important for our community to be well informed. But reporting the news costs money. If you share our belief that an informed community is a strong community and you value the work we’re doing here, we hope you’ll consider supporting us with a tax-deductible contribution.

Supporting The Alamedan is easy. You can make a one-time or monthly contribution online or by sending a check to our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives (with Alameda Community News Project in the register) at 354 Pine Street Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104. A $35 contribution covers a month of web hosting, while $100 pays for a news story and photo (and will net you one of our nifty T-shirts). A $500 contribution would cover a whole week of news.

If you’re a business owner and would like to demonstrate your commitment to an informed and engaged Alameda, we hope you’ll consider sponsoring The Alamedan.

Meanwhile, I’d like to offer my thanks to our newest supporters, Rion Cassidy and Ronald Limoges. We couldn’t do this without you.

This summer we’ll be gearing up to cover the November election … more on that soon.

Finally, we’re overdue for our next session of office hours. I’ll be at Blue Danube at the corner of Park Street and Alameda Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 24. Come by and say hi!