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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. 

In response to recent national and local events involving police, the City Council is developing a Workplan to address:

1. unbundling services currently delivered by the Police Department; 
2. systemic racism;
3. a review of Alameda Police Department policies and practices;
4. Alameda Police Department accountability and oversight;
5. a review of laws that criminalize survival; and
6. other matters which may be pertinent.

At its Monday, June 22, meeting the Planning Borad will consider applications for use permits, one on Park Street, the other on Webster. 

Aaron Kraw has applied for the Park Street Permit on behalf of Park Social, LLC. The permint would allow the operation of a cannabis retail dispensary with off-site delivery within the existing commercial building at 1222 Park Street, south of San Antonio Avenue. 

John Ngu is working on behalf of Alameda Patients Group to open a dispensary at 1616 Webster, norh of Lincoln Avenue.