Alameda News

The Camp Fire in Butte County started Thursday, Nov. 8, and impacts were felt in Alameda almost immediately. Air quality quickly reached unsafe for sensitive groups. Smoke from The Camp Fire, the most destructive and deadliest fire in California history, continued to worsen Bay Area air quality to hazardous levels. Residents were advised to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed and close fireplace dampers. When outside, residents were encouraged to avoid exertion and wear properly fitted N95 respirator masks.

Some 240 people enjoyed the Elks Club’s annual dinner last Saturday, Nov. 10. The dinner honored both veterans and active-duty military members stationed around the Bay Area. The Elks Club itself boasts 125 lodge members who are veterans. 

These Elks served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the current Middle East conflicts. Invited guests included active-duty Army personnel from Camp Parks in Dublin, as well as Marines and Navy members for the Naval Operations Support Center who are serving our county here in Alameda. 

The Alameda Country Registrar of Voters released its latest vote count at 5 p.m. Nov. 12. There were still an estimated 8,000 ballots remaining to be counted as of Tuesday, Nov. 13. The registrar’s office appears to be counting about 1,000 ballots per day. New information has tended to widen the gap in most races as it has been released.

In the race for Alameda Mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft has a lead of 1,114 votes over next closest contender Trish Spencer. Ashcraft has 41.79 percent of the vote and Spencer, 37.29 percent. There were also 130 write-ins.

The races for Alameda Mayor and City Council have resulted in tight races, still too close to call. The tentative results which are still pending the counting of some 90,000 unprocessed mail-in ballots and an unknown number of walk-in, mail-in ballots, show Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft leading in the mayoral race by 213 votes.

Above, left to right, poll workers Thomas Zenner, Dylan Aubrejan and Louise Reed were ready to help voters cast their ballots Tuesday. Zenner and Aubrejan just missed the deadline for registering to vote as they are both not quite 18. Instead the high school seniors chose to get involved working at the polls. “Seeing the process has made me excited to vote,” said Aubrejan. In what is being described as the most contentious midterm election in history, America seemed poised to render its verdict on the presidency of Donald Trump at the ballot box this Election Day.

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