Mayor’s Monthly City News Update

Mayor’s Monthly City News Update

Be Grateful — We complain a lot, but sometimes we forget how fortunate we are, and how much we take for granted. Do we have problems to solve and challenges to face in Alameda? Of course. But it’s easy to get caught up in a flurry of issues, large and small, often magnified, or distorted, by social media, and forget to be grateful for what we have.

Consider this: Did you wake up this morning? In a bed? With a roof over your head that wasn’t a car roof, a tent, or a bomb shelter? Did you wake up without foreign troops outside your door? Do you have the freedom to work, attend school, travel, worship, vote? Many in the world don’t share these freedoms.

When you turn on your faucets do you marvel at the clean water that emerges from the tap? (Just don’t leave the tap running too long while you marvel!) We’re fortunate that our water provider, East Bay Municipal Utility District continually meets or exceeds safe drinking water standards. Residents in Jackson, Mississippi and Flint, Michigan, and other cities are not so fortunate.
We have many reasons to be grateful, and gratitude has personal benefits, as well. A study published by Harvard Medical School found that, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” (“Giving thanks can make you happier,” April 14, 2021,

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, take time to be grateful for the benefits you enjoy, and find ways to help others who don’t share those advantages. Here are some local opportunities.

The Alameda Food Bank saw a huge increase in clients when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, with inflation, many rely on the Food Bank to help feed themselves and their families. Visit to support the Food Bank’s important mission.

Alameda Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver nourishing meals to homebound residents 365 days a year. You can help pay for these meals or volunteer to deliver them by visiting

Christ Episcopal Church continues its Community Thanksgiving Dinner this year on Nov. 24, a tradition dating back to the 1980s when the church hosted service members stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station. Dinner won’t be in-person this year, so volunteers are needed to help package and deliver meals, and donations are needed to cover food costs which have increased significantly. Sign up to volunteer or donate at

Keep It Civil — We should all be horrified by the vicious attack last week on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. We are still learning about the assailant’s background and motivation for wanting to harm the Speaker, but it is clear that political discourse has become increasingly inflammatory in recent years. This trend is alarming because democracy requires an engaged citizenry, and attacks — physical or verbal — directed at elected officials, discourage others from running for office, including at the local level. We can counter this trend by balancing conviction with civility and being willing to listen and consider other opinions. Let’s protect our democracy.

VOTE — Speaking of democracy, exercise your right to vote on or before Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Voters can drop off their ballots 24/7 at one of Alameda’s three official Ballot Drop Box locations: City Hall, College of Alameda, and Bay Farm Island Library. You can also drop off your ballot or vote in person at any Vote Center in Alameda County. If you are eligible, but not yet registered to vote, you can register and vote on the same day at an official Vote Center. You’ll find the locations of Alameda’s six Vote Centers and other important information at For questions, call the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, (510) 272-6973.

After you vote, track your ballot at: Your vote is your voice; make it heard!

Be Grateful, and Civil. Be a Voter. Be Alameda Strong!