First, I would like to thank Willie Harrell, the former publisher of the Seaside Post News, for his 35 years of service to our community. Generations of readers have trusted the Seaside Post’s coverage of issues of community concern, valued its highlighting of community achievements, and appreciated its centering of voices of people of color. In a time that local news sources are being bought up by global conglomerates, the Seaside Post remained based in the heart of our community where our readers could access it. I am honored that Willie Harrell chose me to pass the torch to and to continue the Seaside Post’s important work.
I was raised in Seaside. In fact, I worked as a paperboy for the Seaside Post and the Monterey Herald as a kid. After attending MPC, I left Seaside to attend college at U.C. Berkeley. After attending law school, I worked some years in the Bay Area before returning home to be close to my mother and grandmother.
I am excited to build on the Seaside Post’s strength — its dedication to Monterey County and the goodwill that it has built over its 74 years of operation here in Seaside.
Currently, Seaside is a hotspot for COVID-19 infections on the Monterey Peninsula. Given the high mortality rates in the African American and the Latinx communities, the lack of focus and coverage of the issue is exceedingly troubling. In this issue, we focus on what we should be doing as a community to prevent further spread, how to care for those already ill with the disease and the impact of COVID-19 on public safety.
As information is key to a functioning democracy, the Seaside Post also chose to publish many of the local candidate statements for races on the Peninsula. After speaking with the candidates and asking their positions on key races, we also made several endorsements.
Finally, if you are aware of a breaking news story, an issue that we should explore, a community event that we should cover or an achievement that we should highlight, please reach out to us. The Seaside Post is committed to exploring issues impacting Monterey County residents and especially those from historically disadvantaged communities.
– Alade Djehuti-Mes