Chen thanks family, friends, supporters

I would like to thank my family, friends, and supporters for helping make this victory possible.

This win is not just for me, but for every one of you who believed in me. Thank you for believing in me and my goals. It has been a long and arduous campaign, but we did it. We won against formidable odds. I would like to thank my mom for her unrelenting support; my wife for her love and understanding; my extended family for their dedication; my friends, Jeff DelBono, Linda Perry, Karen Fong, Jeff Cambra, Neil Tam, Max Baylosis, Rob Bonta, Leland Yee, Jean Quan, Marie Gilmore, Lena Tam, Frank Matarrese, Hadi Monsef, Karin Lucas, Bill Withrow, Mike McMahon, Mike McCormick, Andy Slivka, Lil Arnerich, Gray Harris, Jim Oddie, Wilma Chan, Trish Spencer, Bernadette Roco, Mike Henneberry, Ling Chong, Monica Valerio, Tom Hurtubise, Carole Chan, Carl Chan, Sue Chong, Irene Dieter and many others for the advice and wisdom that they shared; the business communities on Park Street, Lincoln Avenue, Central Avenue, Santa Clara Avenue, and Webster Street for their strong show of support; and last -- but not least -- my faithful group of volunteers and supporters for their trust and confidence in me.

I am deeply honored to have friends and supporters like you and I will do my best to live up to your expectations. I would also like to tip my hat to all the other City Council candidates who ran a tough but clean campaign. Each and every one of them would have been qualified to serve our city.

We all know that winning a seat in the City Council is only the beginning. Our city faces many challenges, and I am ready to serve as your humble public servant. I am committed to improving the quality of life here in Alameda while preserving those traits that made this city one of the best in the Bay Area. I understand the problems facing our city, and I will do my best to find the best solution to each one. I will help ensure that our city maintains a balanced budget; I will work with our public employees to reach a mutually beneficial and feasible solution to our pension issue; and I will start the long-overdue process of developing Alameda Point while preserving our natural history and wildlife habitats.

As an Asian American of Chinese and Filipino descent, I know the importance of recognizing diversity. I will continue to encourage diversity in housing, employment and leadership. I promise to represent all the citizens of Alameda and be their voice. I truly consider this victory as a victory for all of us and a step toward a better Alameda. Let us build on this momentum and make great strides to maximize our potential. The possibilities are boundless.

Thank you again for all your help and support. I could not have done this without you.

Stewart Chen

Women Voters say thanks, why not join?

In the month of October, the Alameda League of Women Voters offered four nonpartisan local forums leading up to the Nov. 6 election. These included forums for candidates for City Council, school board, hospital board, state Assembly and pros and cons of the state ballot measures and Measure D. We wish to thank all candidates for attending our forums and offering valuable voter education to attending citizens

Citizens were given the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, which deepened understanding of candidates' concerns and priorities. With candidates being willing to stay afterward and individually discuss concerns and thoughts with attendees, we had many in-depth and lively conversations.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization advocating voter education and advocacy. We certainly hope we fulfilled the wishes of Alameda citizens, offering up these forums for you. Again, we thank both the candidates and citizens that attended and hope that our efforts resulted in educated and thoughtful voting this election year.

Our other election season activities included the distribution of hundreds of our EasyVoter Guides, maintaining of our voter education website with current voter information at www.smartvoter.org and giving mini pros-and-cons sessions to many local organizations. We also stock the voter registration form boxes at our libraries and post office branches.

If you would like to learn more about the League or becoming a member -- the League is open to all men and women -- information can be found at http://alameda.ca.lwvnet.org/join.html. Join us!

Gayle Thomas LWV Membership Chair

Thanks for work on Bay Farm trail

On behalf of everyone who uses the fitness path around Bay Farm Island, I would like to thank Kelly Hosokawa for her hard work and dedication in placing distance markers along the trail.

We are fortunate to have in the path a wonderful community amenity that offers opportunities for exercise with no threat of traffic and with views of wildlife and San Francisco.

Ms. Hosokawa filled a void that the path has always needed: a map of Bay Farm Island and markers to indicate the distance around it. Ms. Hosokawa's contribution answers the mystery of the distance around Bay Farm (5.85 miles), and thanks to her we can chart our distance as we bike, walk or run around it. Perhaps one day we'll have similar markers along Shore Line Drive.

We can show Ms. Hosokawa our appreciation by making sure her work and the path remain in good condition. She has left us an impressive legacy. Let's preserve it.

Larry Witte