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Poll workers hustle to service two polling places combined at First Congregational Church Tuesday. The primary election featured chosing a Democratic candidate for president and state, county and local efforts to help fund schools. Several voters found out Monday their mail-in ballot choice for president wouldn’t count if their candidates dropped out. Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar bowed out after the Feb. 29 South Carolina primary, throwing their support behind Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders led going into Super Tuesday that saw 13 other states vote along with California.

In response to growing concern from practice members and the community, local health professional Dr. Tim Heath has scheduled a special health talk this Saturday, March 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Heath will answer questions including: What health measures can I take? How can I boost my immune system? Should I bug in or bug out? How do I prepare for myself and my family without anxiety?

According to Heath, the Golden Rule of emergency preparedness is, “If you’re not prepared, you’re prepared to fail.”

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD), which includes College of Alameda, announced it reached contractual agreements with two different unions last month. The district’s Board of Trustees approved three-year agreements with the Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) on Feb. 25.

Council defangs Sunshine Ordinance

On Feb. 18, the City Council stripped the Open Government Commission of its authority to enforce the Sunshine Ordinance, Alameda’s open-government provision. The Commission no longer has the power to nullify an action passed in violation of the Sunshine Ordinance and order corrective action through a rehearing.

After the original St. Joseph Basilica of the 1870s burned, the current facility replaced it in 1920. This year then marks the 100th anniversary of the present-day basilica at 1109 Chestnut St. As part of its centennial celebration, the basilica hosted a tour led by art historian Dr. Frank DeStefano of Connecticut. DeStefano conducted an informal walking tour of its historic stained-glass windows last Sunday.