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The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) joined the Alameda Police Department (APD) and Oakland Fire Department (OFD) to rescue a person in distress in the waters of the Oakland Estuary. 

When first responders arrived on the scene just after 5:30 p.m. last Monday, bystanders directed them to an adult male struggling to stay afloat near the Park Street Bridge. The current was carrying the man away from onlookers by the time the responders arrived. APD officers threw the victim a life ring to help stabilize him in the water. 

Photographic artist Richard Wong has just received an Honorable Mention from the 2019 International Photography Awards, considered the most prestigious award show in the photography industry. Wong’s award-winning landscape photo, “Puddles” was made at Alameda’s Crown Beach. Wong shot the photo in 2014. “Anyone can identify a good sunset and point straight at the horizon. It’s more difficult to find unconventional compositions that most people would overlook.” said Wong on his website. Learn more at

Sea-level rise will eventually come, but a much more immediate threat to the Island is flooding caused by stalled, prolonged storm systems. Major storms are becoming more common as the changing climate causes erratic, unpredictable and devastating weather events.

In October the city will ask Alameda property owners to help prevent future flooding and Bay pollution by voting to increase the “urban runoff fee” that appears on annual property tax bills. 

As of Sept. 16, the Alameda Free Library has eliminated all overdue fines on all library materials and waived any previous fines. According to a a press release, “The Library understands life happens, and that it can be difficult to return items on time. Late fines can add up and visiting the library can start to feel like a burden, especially on your wallet.”

Alameda can now provide research and development companies a connection to the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) advanced broadband network, with more than 100GB capacity. The network is used by educational and research institutions throughout California. The company Saildrone partnered with the City of Alameda to launch the CENIC network partnership, which advances education and research statewide by providing a world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth.