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Island City takes action against pandemic sweeping nation, world

The impact of social distancing and actions to prepare for potential quarantines or lockdowns over the outbreak of coronavirus led to some unusual behavior around Alameda and the nation last week. Panic buying led to overconsumption at grocery stores on the Island resulting in unusally long lines and empty shelves. Paper and cleaning products, dry goods, frozen and dairy items were among those in high demand. 

Alameda Unified School District Board Member and local Realtor Anne McKereghan displays what she calls “the best thank-you card ever.” McKereghan adopted Ms. Cheren’s class at Paden Elementary School through Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt-A-Classroom program. In return the class created the larger-than-life card pictured here. 

The regularly scheduled Planning Board meeting took place Monday, March 23. Members of the public can watch City of Alameda meetings via livestream and address board, committee or councilmembers during meetings remotely.

Several upcoming city meetings have been cancelled, including the Transportation Commission on March 25, the Civil Service Board on April 1, and the Open Government Commission on April 6. Check the city’s website at for updates regarding meeting announcements and cancellations. 

‘We must work together to protect our community’

My highest priority as Mayor is the health and safety of our families and community members. Today, Alameda joins cities in the U.S. and around the world in confronting the greatest public health crisis of our time, the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding this formidable threat, I am certain that Alamedans will rise to meet this challenge and protect our entire community. Here’s what we must do.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office released the final update of the March 3 Presidential Primary Election results on Tuesday, March 24. The Registrar and the California Secretary of State’s offices have received 100 percent of the votes cast. The Alameda County Registrar Tim Dupuis made it official by signing the certicificate of each county race and sent the final numbers to the California Secretary of State’s office. The state will certify all statewide results on April 3.