Editor's note: Thank you!

Editor's note: Thank you!

Michele Ellson
The Alamedan

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.

Over the past year we’ve expanded our coverage beyond the walls of City Hall to provide a more faithful snapshot of our Island community and boosted our use of visual storytelling to broaden your access to local stories. This year, we’re hoping to deepen our reporting on the things that affect you – technology, work, family issues, real estate – and we’ll be offering expanded political coverage as the November 4 election nears.

The Alamedan was conceived as a news site that would fill gaps left by a shrinking local news media. But as access to local news continues to contract with the effective elimination of Patch and fewer copies of the Alameda Journal newspaper in circulation, that gap is widening. So we’d like to find out what you’d like to see added to our news coverage mix.

To do that, I’ll be holding some drop-in office hours at local coffee shops. If you’d like to stop by to let me know what you’d like to see covered (and also what issues you’d like to see us engage the community on at future meetup events), come by and see me at:

  • Blue Danube, 1333 Park Street, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13
  • Spritzers, 734 Central Avenue, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday, March 14
  • Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, March 15

Meanwhile, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to everyone who has read and commented, written or called with story ideas and contributed to our work over the past year. Our goal is to be a community institution that is accountable to you, and I hope you feel we are achieving that. We are here to serve you.

More than 80,000 readers checked out The Alamedan in 2013, and we’re hoping to engage more of you over the year to come. And over the past few months we’ve seen a surge of contributions from readers.

Thanks to Christopher Clifford, Rebecca Stees, Serena Chen, Harry Reppert, Jerry Nussbaum, Burny Matthews, Becca Perata, Michael Rossi and Jessica Lilie, Carol Parker, Natalie Gelman, Simon Chiu, Stephanie Rodriguez, Earleen Hamlin, Patricia and Roger Baer and Bart Wise for donating to The Alamedan. Without you, we couldn’t continue to provide this resource to the public.

If you’d like to help keep local news coverage alive in Alameda, we hope you’ll consider making 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. If you’re a business owner and would like to demonstrate your commitment to an informed and engaged community, you can sponsor The Alamedan.

Questions or suggestions can always be e-mailed to me at michele@thealamedan.org. Thank you for reading!


Submitted by Patrick (not verified) on Thu, Feb 27, 2014

I recently moved to Alameda and I like reading about my city and hearing about the new construction projects going on in town. Good job and I plan on continuing to visit this site regularly.

Submitted by Tracy Zollinger (not verified) on Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Happy birthday, Alamedan!