News Briefs

 

In support of the Alameda Education Foundation’s Backpack Drive for 820 homeless, formerly homeless and low-income students in Alameda, the Alameda Police Department (APD) will be hosting its first-ever “Cram a Cruiser’ weekend.

Marked patrol vehicles will be parked in front of OfficeMax at South Shore on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4, and 5. The public is invited to stuff the police cars with school supply donations. After the school supply drive, all donations will be sorted into backpacks and given to as many students as possible.

 

Recently, the City of Alameda became aware of a misleading advertisement mailed by “OaklandUpgrade.com” to some Alameda residents. The mailer references a new program for home improvements, including solar, heating, air conditioning, roofing, windows and more.

The city has advised residents that the mailer was not sent, approved or sponsored by the city. The city also did not authorize the use of its name in the mailer or any others like it. Accordingly, the city is concerned that this misleading advertisement may target vulnerable members of the community.

 

The Alameda Housing Authority (AHA) is holding its annual book drive to benefit low-income children. AHA is collecting new and used books for the Children of the World Reading Room at its Esperanza property. 

Research shows that learning begins well before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even infants, soak up words, rhymes, songs and images — all important to developing vocabulary, memory and communication skills.

 

The City of Alameda is redesigning its website, alamedaca.gov, to better serve the public. The city is soliciting input with a brief survey to let them know how residents use the website, what they like and don’t like and what they want to see in a new site. To start the survey, visit www.alamedaca.gov/news/2018/06/06/city-alameda-website-redesign-survey.

 

The city is updating its 2008 Local Action Plan for Climate Protection and now gathering a first round of public input. Residents can assist the city with a community survey, which will help the city understand the peoples’ values and priorities around reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responses to the impacts of climate change. 

The survey is now available online at surveymonkey.com/r/alamedaplan, in-person at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., and at the front desk of most city departments. The survey will close Friday, Aug. 10. 

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