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We encourage every resident of Alameda to respond to the 2020 Census.  

Why is the census important? The census governs how our tax dollars are spent — more than $800 billion every year — on essential public services such as schools, job training and senior centers; healthcare, nutrition assistance and hospitals; emergency response, highways, transportation and housing. Our community will lose approximately $10,000 over 10 years for each person not counted in the census — that’s money that helps you and your neighbors.  

The census also determines how many representatives we have in Congress, and how congressional and legislative districts are drawn.  An accurate count is how fair political representation is ensured for our democracy.  

The U.S. Constitution requires that all people living in this country be counted every 10 years.  During March, every resident will receive a mailing with instructions on how to take the census. You can respond online, on a paper form or by phone. 

It only takes about 12 minutes to complete the census. If you do not respond to the mailing, a representative from the census will contact you.  

Your information is confidential. No question on citizenship will be asked. Telephone assistance from the Census Bureau is available in numerous languages.  The census will never ask for your bank account, credit card or social security numbers. 

Everyone living in Alamedda needs to be counted, including children and babies, seniors, immigrants and homeless people.  


— Angie Watson-Hajjem, Elizabeth Greene & Sister Pat Nagle, Volunteers with Alameda Counts, CENSUS 2020

There are many places to lay blame for Alameda’s traffic woes. In my opinion, one is at City Hall’s doorstep, where staff once thought that Alameda had too many stop signs. Removing stop signs has encouraged drivers to speed.  Some 15 years ago, insurance companies helped pass a law that prevented cities from benefiting from traffic and speed violations.

As it stands now, every time you get a moving violation your insurance goes up. That law pushed by the insurance companies was strictly to their benefit, not the drivers’.

There is a way around it for Alameda, because it is built on very fine sand. Every time a vehicle speeds, they do damage the infrastructure, from the pavement to the gas, water and soon-to-be underground electricity lines. 

The law that was pushed by the insurance industry does not apply here, aside from the noise factor.
I ask that the Alameda Police Department update its equipment and use it to enforce the speed limit the way they used to. Those caught speeding should be punsihed.



— Joel Rambaud

Editor’s note: One positive result of Alameda County Health’s shelter-in-place order is that it seems to have reduced Alameda’s traffic dramatically, at least for now.

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Dear Friends of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum:
After reviewing recent recommendations from the CDC and the State of California, I have come to the conclusion that we will need to temporarily suspend the operation of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum through the end of March. 

I do not take this decision lightly, and I fully understand and appreciate the impacts this will have on you and your families. As much as I tried to make adjustments to our operations to remain open, it is clear that the only responsible long-term solution for the betterment of our communities and our nation is to temporarily close the museum.

I have been, and I will continue to monitor the situation and look for us to return to full operations at the soonest possible date.

For our survival, we rely totally on the generosity of people such as you. And while we expect to eventually pass through these challenging times in the very near future, for the short term, we still need to meet our financial obligations.

I am asking you to help us continue the legacy of this magnificent ship, by paying it forward and becoming a member of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.  To help you out, through the end of May, we are dropping the cost of Family Memberships from $90 to just $50 for the entire year. Our other membership programs are also being discounted by as much as one-third!

It was the bravery and sacrifice of the men who sailed in this historic ship that ensured she survived multiple enemy attacks and even a devastating typhoon. Now, I am asking for your assistance in helping us endure this latest attack, this latest storm.

Your selfless donation to the Hornet Museum will ensure that we continue to honor the legacy of those who served, educate our youth of today and continue to inspire future generations to come. I hope you can assist us by being as generous as possible.

Thank you, again, for supporting the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.


— Michael C. McCarron Captain, USN (ret.) Executive Director