Let city's police know they're appreciated

I really believe that the suggestion expressed in the April 26 letter, "Thanking police for all they do for area," in which residents display blue ribbons in support of the police, is a wonderful idea.

I hope that the paper or city promotes it. It would be nice to see blue ribbons all over the city to let our police know we appreciate them.

How about it, Alameda?

J. Wise

Thanks for helping Salute to Education

What a night: 350 public school supporters, great food and wine, cookin' jazz from our two high schools and a gorgeous evening. Alameda Education Foundation's 31st annual Salute to Education may have been one of the best. It would not have been possible without so many volunteers and help from our supportive Alameda community.

Chef Jesse Branstetter and everyone at Cafe Q made sure our guests were treated to absolutely amazing gourmet hors d'oeuvres. A special thanks to Robert Gott and Savoy Catering for all they did to make this event so successful. Delicious desserts were donated by Nothing Bundt Cake. Guests enjoyed great local wine from Rock Wall and R & B Cellars. Raffle items were donated by Angela's Bistro, 1400 Bar and Grill, Harbor Bay Club, Nothing Bundt Cake, Starland Music Center and Total Woman Gym & Day Spa.


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Special thanks to Patrick Kenney, of Cairdea Marketing & Design, for the beautiful program posters, Jill Saxty of First Flight Designs for the outstanding programs, Jim Franz for the stage and Doug Biggs for the PA system. Lifetouch spent the evening taking beautiful photographs. Gorgeous flower arrangements were donated by Mints and Honey.

We could not have done this without the dozens of volunteers who helped with check-in, bartending and food service. A special shout-out goes to our youth and the Alameda Association of Realtors. We enjoyed wonderful music provided by the Alameda and Encinal High School jazz bands. We were happy to be able to award two Miland scholarships to Kevin Chen (AHS) and Diana Wong (EHS).

Each year at Salute to Education we award the Tricia Collins-Levi Business Award to Alameda businesses who go above and beyond to support the work of AEF. Congratulations to Pilar Burlingame of Lilac Boutique and Ada Wells of ProBalance Pilates. A special thank-you goes to the sponsors of Salute to Education this year: Cafe Q, South Shore Shopping Center and Rock Wall Wine Company.

Last, but far from least, thank you to our educators and innovative program leaders who support our students with learning opportunities every day and all the many volunteers who inspire us with their energy and dedication.

Bill Sonneman

President Alameda Education Foundation

Kudos to backers of Adopt A Classroom

Thank you, Alameda. On March 21, I made the Alameda Education Foundation's final Adopt A Classroom presentation for the 2012-2013 school year. This school year, we made 131 presentations totaling $65,500.

Funds were used to support a fifth-grade science camp, to set up a new kindergarten class, to support a Zoomobile Animal Habitat assembly and to buy instruments to help start a brand-new music class, just to mention a few purchases. Teachers tell us, "I think it is great to help out classrooms that are truly in need!" and "After 37 years of teaching middle school, in a different district, I did not once experience such an unsolicited and freely given monetary gift."

Adopt A Classroom is a program of the Alameda Education Foundation that enables members of the community to directly impact classroom learning by donating $500 to teachers in Alameda K-12 public education classrooms. One hundred percent of each $500 donation goes directly to the teacher.

I would like to thank our March donors: Doug and Gail DeHaan, the Alameda Kiwanis Club, Nancy and Rob Wonder, the Encinal Community and a generous anonymous donor.

Adopt A Classroom presentations are made from September through March of each school year. Donations received after March will be made the following school year. More information can be found on the AEF website at www.alamedaeducation.org.

Kathleen C. Woulfe

Adopt A Classroom chair Alameda Education Foundation

Don't let companies plan water policies

The report that the Department of Water Resources will team up with private water contractors to plan transporting water south is a gross abdication of the department's public responsibility. It resembles the infamous act of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who called in oil companies to formulate a national energy plan.

We cannot have any faith in a process in which the likes of Westlands Water District, the front for agribusiness interests in San Joaquin Valley, has direct power in deciding how to deliver water to themselves. It is a conflict of interest. The department needs to stop this ill-conceived plan, and assert its authority and obligation to serve the public interest of the entire state, not just the privileged few.

Victor R. Ochoa

Oakland