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Pandemic sweeping nation, world

Alamedans have begun hearing about a new concept this week: “Quarantine Fatigue.” Using cell phone tracking data, officials have determined that Californians, bottled up in their homes going on a seventh week now, have begun to disregard the shelter-in-place order. Some other states have begun to relax their restrictions. California’s order remains in place until at least June 1. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced to Californians Monday, April 27, that he has extended the state’s stay-at-home order through Monday, June 1. He said that the order will remain in effect until his office decides to lift it. Six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.

Mindful of the loss of senior year celebrations this spring, a group of families and high school staff from across the district have planned “Alameda Senior Signing Day,” tomorrow, Friday, May 1. 

Personalized yard signs will be delivered to every senior across the district this week. From 10 to 10:44 a.m., the Mayor, Superintendent, president of the Board of Education, Alameda’s four high school principals and other special guests will speak live on KJTZ (96.1 FM or to congratulate the Class of 2020. 

Housing secured through FEMA, two County programs

Earlier this month, the City of Alameda received four trailers from the State of California to provide housing for up to eight people who are unhoused during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trailers, located at Alameda Point in the parking lot on Alameda Unified School District property on West Essex Drive, will provide stable housing to people who are non-symptomatic for COVID-19 during the shelter-in-place order.

At its April 21 meeting, the City Council announced the city’s plan to increase the minimum wage will move forward as scheduled despite the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Oct. 16, 2018, the Council adopted an ordinance to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, regardless the size of the company (“Minimum Wage to Come Before Council” Sept. 18, 2018) by Wednesday, July 1. The current minimum wage is $13.50 an hour.