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Many city services are available online and by phone and email during the statewide shelter-in-place order. 

Building Department
Building inspections, planning and permitting can be reached at permits@alamedaca.gov. For service by phone, call 747-6800 for building permits or information; 747-6805 for planning permits or information or 747-6854 for help with any problems. Applications can also be submitted online at www.alamedaca.gov.

Alameda and Contra Costa counties’ animal shelters have united to ask the community to make a plan for their beloved companion animals. With a COVID-19 peak expected in the San Francisco Bay Area, hospitals and medical providers are preparing to meet an overwhelming demand for medical assistance and hospital stays. Public animal shelters are preparing as well. 

Though this illness has proven deadly for the oldest and most compromised community members, countless residents may experience a hospital stay. This potentially leaves hundreds of companion animals needing care. 

The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) opened on March 16, and is currently staffed at a Level 2, the second highest level. On March 17, Alameda City Council adopted an urgency ordinance declaring the existence of a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar actions have been taken at the county, state and federal levels. The city initially opened the EOC virtually on Feb. 28.  

The main objectives of the EOC Action Plan include:

The Alameda Sun shone bright in sunny Arizona where Lawrence Sasaki and friends had fun at spring training in Tempe, Ariz., back when everyone thought the season would proceed on a normal schedule. This is a picture of the group at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., the spring training home of the Oakland Athletics. Front row: Clarence Chu, Warren Chu, Lawrence Sasaki, Charlene Maney Spinola and Allan Chin; Back row: Chris Bojorquez, Dave Beesley, Ada Clark, Antonio Allen, Jennifer Duley, Clifford Spinola and Ed Lane.

The Alameda Kiwanis foundation has extended the deadline for graduating Alameda seniors to apply for 2020 college scholarships. Applications and information are posted at www.alamedakiwanis.org. New information has been requested to address school closures and financial concerns. All applicants are encouraged to check the website.