At a special meeting on Thursday, May 7, the Alameda City Council voted to create a subcommittee to further evaluate community input of a possible amendment to Article 26 of the Alameda City Charter.
Council voted 4-0; Council-member Malia Vella did not attend. The subcommittee, comprised of Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Jim Oddie, will address public concerns, including whether it is appropriate to make a ballot proposal while residents are sheltering in place. Oddie and Ashcraft will present their findings at a meeting in June.
Vince Hal, cashier at Alameda Natural Grocery, sprays disinfectant onto shopping baskets and carts. Shoppers enter incrementally after washing hands at the portable sinks or using hand-sanitizing stations provided at the parking lot entrance. They are also required to wear face coverings while inside.
While Alameda remains sheltered in place for another month, a resident wrote in concerned for everyone’s safety.
“I was shocked to see so many people at Alameda’s beaches on Saturday and Sunday,” wrote Diana Cabcabin. “There were more people than usual wandering around the South Shore and Nob Hill shopping centers, which attract many people from out of Alameda. Many people didn’t have face masks!”
“Thanks to our collective sacrifices, we’ve saved thousands of lives,” said Colleen Chawla, director of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency that oversees the county’s COVID-19 response. Chawla expressed gratitude to Alameda County residents for their “strong compliance” with the shelter-in-place (SIP) order that has helped to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases and avoid overwhelming area hospitals.