Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal employees who live in Alameda can get help from the Alameda Food Bank while the government is withholding their paychecks during the shutdown.
“The Alameda Food Bank exists to help anyone struggling to put food on the table due to either a temporary crisis or a longer-term financial problem,” said Cindy Houts, food bank executive director. “These folks going without paychecks certainly qualify for our help; we urge them to seek us out.”
The Navy is nearing completion of plans for a cleanup area called Site 32, 60 acres that lie on the old airfield west of the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. The site requires remediation because investigators uncovered radium-226 there. The Navy mixed radium-226, a naturally occurring mineral, with paint to allow dials and markers to glow in the dark. Repeated exposure to high levels of radium can cause cancer.
The City of Alameda is soliciting appointee applicants who would like to serve on the Rent Review Advisory Committee. The appointee will serve a partial term.
The Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews rent increases, encourages communication between housing providers and tenants and renders decisions regarding rent increase requests. The committee meets the first Monday of the month, as needed.
Pappo Restaurant on Central Avenue near Park Street served lunch on Christmas Eve to 130 needy and homeless people. Owner Chef John Thiel and his staff have opened their doors and provided free meals and service each of the past 11 Christmas Eves. The restaurant also gives out clothing and toiletries at the event. “This was one of our best yet,” said Thiel. “Many needed a warm meal on such a cold and wet day. Happy Holidays to all.”