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The Alameda Police Department (APD) is advising the public to be aware of their surroundings after leaving Alameda banks. APD has received multiple reports of victims being followed home from banks and robbed.

APD sent out the advisory to the public via their Facebook page after the latest victim was robbed after arriving at her home from the bank on June 18. 

Alameda resident Astrid Lee made a deposit at the Chase Bank at South Shore Center and headed home. She arrived at her home on the 1700 block of Kofman Parkway around 4 p.m. 

Next Wednesday, July 1, the minimum wage in the City of Alameda will increase from 13.50 to  $15 per hour. The minimum wage applies to all employees who work two hours or more per week within the city and to all businesses in Alameda, regardless of the number of employees.

City Council passed the Minimum Wage Ordinance on Oct. 2, 2018, set the minimum wage at $13.50 effective July 1, 2019. The July 1 increase reflects the ordinance’s second adjustment.

Last Friday, June 19, Alameda County’s Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan releaseed an ordr that broadewns the scope of activities that the county will pemit. 

However, the order stresses the  importance of physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings while in public. 

While the order permits more indoor- and outdoor-activties, it sets limits to these activities. For example,retail stores must limit capacity to the lower number of 50 percent their  of normal maximum capacity or the number of people who can maintain a distance of 6 feet 

The City resumed street sweeping on Monday, June 29. The Alameda Police Department did not issue parking violations to vehicles parked on the street during posted street sweeping times.  However, as the shelter in place restrictions loosen, enforcement has begun with warning, but next Monday, June 29, tickets will be issued to those in violation of posted street sweeping signs.

At 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, the Alameda Fire Department responded to the report of an unconscious person in the waters of the Oakland Estuary near High Street Bridge. The response involved 16 fire fighters and included the department’s rescue boat. They located an adult male in the water east of the High Street Bridge. An AFD rescue swimmer brought the man to the rescue boat. Paramedics then transported the victim to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where doctors pronounced him dead. The Alameda Police Department and the United States Coast Guard also responded to the call.