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Federal shutdown affecting locals 

Alameda was designated a Coast Guard City, one of 12 in the nation, in 2006. Many Coast Guard families live on the Island and Coast Guard Island, a part of Alameda. These service members aren’t receiving paychecks during the government shutdown, yet they are still out there working to keeping Americans safe. For some, especially those with kids, things are getting pretty tough. The East Bay Coast Guard Spouses have begun a drive to collect items in need to take some of the pressure off.  


The Navy’s next Alameda Point Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held today, Thursday, Jan. 10. The meeting will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 950 W. Mall Square on Alameda Point. 

The public is welcome to attend to hear updates about the Navy’s cleanup and talk directly with the Navy and regulatory agency representatives. The meetings are held in the conference room upstairs. 


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.