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February 6, 2020

Remembering Barbara Kahn

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

On Tuesday night the City Council closed their meeting by saying very nice things about a very significant member of the Alameda community who passed away over the weekend: Barbara Kahn.

More recently folks will remember that she was elected to the School Board and served exactly the way the she said she was going to: framing nearly all her decision through the lens of equity.  For those that are more deeply entrenched in the political world, they’ll remember Barbara Kahn as the formidable grand dame of the Alameda Democratic Club who always spoke her mind no matter who was in the room.  For those that go back even further, they’ll remember Barbara Kahn as a founding member of the Brown Baggers, a group of ladies who did the hard work of social and political advocacy in Alameda way before it became easy with all the social networking tools we have now.

Me?  I’ll remember Barbara Kahn as one of the first Alameda political people I spoke to.  I remember that number 1 daughter was still very young and sat in her Baby Bjorn rocker while Barbara and I talked for hours.  She was one of this blog’s earliest fans and I remember her telling me she would actively direct folks to this blog.

I’ll remember Barbara Kahn as the most tireless advocate for the West End and the people, particularly the children, of the neglected side of Alameda.  She was always there to help fight for the needs of West End kids when it seemed like the system was working against them.

And finally, I’ll always remember Barbara Kahn as someone who was always up to a little (or a lot) of political gossip and that her passing has left a huge gaping hole in Alameda.

She also baked the most amazing cookies.

6 Comments »

  1. Yes indeed: RIP Barb!

    Comment by tony daysog — February 6, 2020 @ 7:26 am

  2. Thank you for this post. We will miss you Barbara…and your amazing cookies♥️

    Comment by Kathleen C. Woulfe — February 6, 2020 @ 8:36 am

  3. BK was one of my best friends. Brillant, kind, empathetic, outspoken, and a great political stategist. A founding Brown Bag, of which I was also a member. She endured much, yet she persisted. Always an advocate for kids. I can’t believe I lost both my beloved husband of 51 years and this beloved friend of over 40 years in the space of a week. I hope BK and John Quick are both remembered for their goodness and interest in promoting a community in which our kids can grow and thrive.

    Comment by Kate Quick — February 6, 2020 @ 9:15 am

  4. A lovely tribute. I’m sorry I didn’t know her.

    Comment by Gaylon — February 6, 2020 @ 1:13 pm

  5. Thank you for this lovely tribute to my fierce mother. She would have loved this. There’s a huge hole in our hearts and community.

    Comment by Sylvia Kahn — February 8, 2020 @ 3:28 pm

  6. Thank you for this lovely tribute to my fierce mother. She would have loved this. There’s a huge hole in our hearts and community.

    Comment by Sylvia Kahn — February 8, 2020 @ 3:28 pm


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