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How will rising seas impact Alameda, and what can we do to protect our neighborhoods and shoreline? Find out at the League of Women Voters of Alameda’s upcoming forum, “Saving Alameda from Sea Level Rise,” which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Harbor Bay Community Center, 3195 Mecartney Road. 

Sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise 16 inches by 2050 and 55 inches by 2100, according to a 2009 California State Lands Commission report. Low-lying Alameda could be especially hard hit. 

FEMA’s flood map for Alameda, updated last December, shows that approximately 2,000 Island parcels sit inside a 100-year flood plain, putting them at a higher anticipated risk of flooding. The city is updating its climate action and resilience plan in an effort to address these risks.

Panelists scheduled to present at the forum include Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists; Todd Hallenbeck, a GIS specialist for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Arthur Feinstein, lead author of Sierra Club California’s policies for responding to sea-level rise along California’s coast and bays; and City of Alameda Deputy Public Works Director Erin Smith. After the panel presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. We hope to see you there!


Georgia Gates Derr & Michele Ellson, LWV Alameda

Many thanks to the Alameda members of the National Association of Letter Carriers who collected more than 6 tons of food during the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in Alameda. All the food they collected stays in Alameda and will be distributed by the Alameda Food Bank to the 2,100 Alameda households who turn to us for help. 

Thanks, too, to the many Alameda residents who contributed food for this drive. Their generosity will keep food on the tables of many of your neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet.


Cindy Houts Executive Director, Alameda Food Bank

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! 

Please, Chicken Littles of the City Council, Alameda is not about to drown. What has been drummed into our brains for years about climate catastrophe are largely scare stories with questionable computer projections to back them up. Not the sort of thing rational people should base policy upon, no matter how popular they may be.

It may be the case that the proverbial 97 percent of scientists agree that human-caused carbon dioxide has some effect on warming of the planet, but that’s different from saying we’re headed for disaster. Many reputable atmospheric scientists and physicists disagree with the scare scenarios but have been subjected to harassment and prevented from publication in an environment that reminds one of the Inquisition. 

In my opinion, the Council would do well to hear from experts, physicists and climatologists like: Judith Curry, Freeman Dyson or Thomas Wysmuller, just to name a few.


Edward Malik