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As you walk along Alameda’s many shorelines and mudflats, one of the birds that you can see standing in or near shallow water is a pale brown bird with a long bill that curves upward. Named the Marbled Godwit because of its coloring, the one we see most is the largest of the four species of Godwits. The adult bird ranges from 16 to 20 inches in length including its bill (3.1 to 5.1 inches) its wingspan is 28 to 35 inches and it weighs between 8.5 to 18 ounces (a can of soup weighs 12 ounces). 

The City of Alameda has released its COVID-19 “Get Around Safe” pledge that encourages pledge-takers to drive, bike, walk, and take transit safely during the coronavirus pandemic.  The pledge responds to how the pandemic is changing how people get around, which adds potential dangers to everyday movements.

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.