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Some Alameda residents have expressed concern regarding a recycling crisis begun when China refused to receive American recyclables last year as a tactic in trade negotiations. Called interchangably the “National Sword” and “Blue Sky” initiatives, some residents have suggested these efforts have caused local garbage collectors to co-mingle landfill and recycling waste. Officials insist no changes have occurred with Alameda’s garbage or recycling service provided by Alameda County Industries (ACI).

 

The latest campaign finance filings for the two initiatives on the April special election ballot were released last week.

The We Care Alameda Yes on A committee (WCA) filed campaign statements in support of Measure A, the McKay Avenue Wellness Center Development initiative. 

 

The proposed wellness center on McKay Avenue will create less of a financial burden on the city than a city park, according to a fiscal impact analysis conducted by a California real estate advisory firm.

The City of Alameda announced on Feb. 22 that it will be preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) project for a health clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point. The VA completed its environmental review for the project in 2013. The deadline for commenting on what the city should evaluate is tomorrow, Friday, March 22.

Does Alameda Still Have a ‘Black Community’?

I am often asked questions like, “What does the Black community think about [insert some random issue]?” I usually respond, “I am not Alameda’s Negro spokesman.” And, I don’t know if Alameda still has a Black community. 

Since the 1990s, forced migration, displacement, along with class dynamics and demographic changes, have complicated the continuity and sense of a “Black community” in Alameda.

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