The Need to Give

Readers chime in on our December issue


I picked up this month’s Alameda Magazine because I knew my fourth-grade daughter had been interviewed for the article about the social-emotional curriculum in the schools [“Helping Kids Tame Their Inner Dragons,” December]. Loved the article and that you guys covered it. It’s so great that Alameda schools are teaching this.

I also saw you had a list of nonprofits featured [“Guide to Charitable Giving,” December]. I hope you will consider including the nonprofit I co-founded in 2009 in future issues. We are called East Bay Children’s Law Offices, and we represent all of Alameda County’s foster youth in juvenile court and related proceedings. We provide a voice for abused and neglected children throughout the county and have suffered major state funding cuts in the last two years that have made private giving even more important than ever.

Kristin Mateer, Alameda


The Giving Season

Great article, but you left our one of my favorite nonprofits: Creative Growth,

Jennifer Fish


Editor’s note: Email information about your nonprofit organization and any associated galas and annual fundraisers to with “Charitable Giving Guide” in the subject line to be included in the next giving guide.


Just Pick Them Up

I actually think LimeBike [“My LimeBike Love Affair,” December] is a positive thing. What concerns me is that many riders appear to have a nasty habit of leaving their bikes in places where they block sidewalks that are needed for people who were walking or even in driveways. This wouldn’t be a big deal if you could just pick up the bike and put it somewhere out of the way. But, apparently when you try to move a bike, it sets off an alarm and calls the police. All I’m asking is that the bicycle creators should have some sort of a system where the bike is picked up and moved a distance of say 20 feet without setting off any alarms. Of course, the best solution would be for riders of the bikes to leave them in places where they aren’t in the way, but apparently that’s asking too much.

Hank Duderstadt


I’m tired of seeing these LimeBikes being left all over the place! Just last week, one was left on the sidewalk in front of my house. I picked it up and put it in the street!

GuRah Kang

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