Friends of the creek get unexpected gift

Something amazing happened to Friends of San Leandro Creek the other day.

Friends of San Leandro Creek is a nonprofit organization that began work in the mid-1990s. Like most nonprofits, FSLC is run on a shoestring budget.

Two years ago I wrote to Fremont Bank for a grant, which I received. I quickly asked how I could keep up the relationship. I was told not to expect more as we were not banking with them. I asked my board of directors to switch to the local and FSLC-friendly Fremont Bank. Paper work was completed in time for me to try for the same grant I had received the year before. This too was granted, and I believe it's because FSLC joined Fremont Bank.

To my great surprise, the director of community outreach from Fremont Bank recently knocked on my door. This is the 50th year of operation for Fremont Bank. It was giving its favorite local nonprofits some money. And she handed me a nice, generous check. The kind I may get after many days of work.

It is FSLC's mantra to "think globally and act locally." That is what Fremont Bank does. The money we received will help pay for supplies for Creek Clean Ups, community outreach programs like our Environmental Forum and Earth Day/Watershed Festival, and the many free school field trips we put on for the kids of the area.

Thanks, Fremont Bank. We at Friends wish you a most happy 50th anniversary -- with many more to come.


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Susan Levenson

Watershed Awareness Coordinator Friends of San Leandro Creek San Leandro

Oakland must take action on stadium

OK, Lew Wolff is definitely against a Port of Oakland site for a new stadium, and the Raiders are interested in using the same current location.

Wolff also mentioned that one of the reasons for not moving to the port is that it's too far from BART. It also was mentioned that the Giants' AT&T Park is located about the same distance from the closest BART station as is the Howard Terminal location.

However true that may be, the main difference is San Francisco has Muni lines that run along the Embarcadero, and Oakland/AC Transit does not have any bus lines that service that location.

The city of Oakland would be in a better bargaining position to work on, as has been mentioned many previous times, building a new stadium on the current property. Whether it's a baseball only or football only can be worked out later. Build one, tear down the other and start new construction. One hang-up could be that whichever team is waiting for the new facility may need to find a new temporary home.

Unless the Warriors actually abandon Oakland -- then tear down the arena, start one stadium there, then start the other next to the current one. This way neither the A's nor the Raiders will be displaced.

Tom Matarrese

Oakland

Maybe the casinos aren't Indian at all

Am I the only one who's confused by the ad of the American Indian College Fund in which two Native Americans are yelling into an empty canyon that they don't have enough money to go to college -- then minutes later there's an ad for the new $800 million casino just opened in Rohnert Park?

If folks can spend that much money for an Indian casino, they can afford college and throw in law school too, for every Native American in the country. Maybe these casinos aren't Indian at all, and the millions they take in doesn't go to Indians but instead to the Las Vegas gambling cartel?

R.J. Newman

San Leandro

Our government is stealing freedoms

The tea party stands for smaller government, less taxes, strong military, secure borders, constitutional alignment and the opportunity for all citizens to live their lives as free men and women.

You would think that this would be a common cause. But there are too many Americans who are too cozy with the measly government handouts they get, while their freedoms are being stolen. We in the middle class are too busy working for a living to keep track of what President Barack Obama and the politicians are doing to us.

Socialist redistribution robs the middle class of its wealth and robs the lower class of its pride, self-respect and motivation. Obama has excelled at playing one class against the other. The fake altruism he peddles is just a smoke screen to hide his true intentions of power, control and dominance for the elites.

The tea party and other concerned citizens such as I are the only people standing in the way of the tyranny Obama is planning for us. Join us.

Jay Todesco

Concord