The Alameda County Board of Supervisors named a dozen new members of the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame March 19. Among the inductees was Alameda resident and longtime Golden Gate Audubon Society member Leora Feeney. She was chosen among the “outstanding women who have made significant contributions to the county” — in Feeney’s case, to the county’s natural environment.
Nominations are being accepted for the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, honoring extraordinary women who make a difference in the community. Honorees will be celebrated at the 27th annual Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame luncheon and awards ceremony in the spring, co-hosted by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.
Beginning this Saturday, June 22, all calls made from 510 area code numbers will only be completed if the caller dials “1”, plus the 510 area code, then the seven-digit number. This is a result of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adding area code 341 to the 510 area code region that encompasses the majority of Alameda County and the western portion of Contra Costa County.
The county has a need for qualified residents to serve as community watchdogs. Alameda County civil grand jurors examine the operations of local government agencies and investigate citizen complaints. Alameda residents are encouraged to apply.
The state of California treats the Superior Court of Alameda County as a “donor” court. This means that the state can divert large portions of the court’s ongoing funding and any “new” money to other courts that the state considers more under-resourced. As a result the Superior Court of Alameda County began fiscal year 2016-2017 with a budget deficit that surpasses $5 million.
An effort to count the number of homeless in Alameda County will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and volunteers are needed. Nearly 500 volunteers will work in teams to conduct a visual count of unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness in every city throughout Alameda County.
Led by EveryOne Home, the 2017 Alameda County Homeless Count, locally known as EveryOne Counts!, records the number of people staying in shelters and transitional housing on a given night and estimates the number of people who are unsheltered, living outdoors on that same night.
In a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 15, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan presented a donation of $17,000 from her office budget to Alameda Meals on Wheels, a locally funded, seven-day-a-week program that delivers hot, nourishing meals to Alameda residents. Chan’s contribution will be used to fund services for veterans who are referred by Operation Dignity, a local nonprofit that helps homeless veterans rediscover hope and the tools needed to live a self-sufficient and stable life.
Alameda County recently awarded Alameda Autolab, 631 Buena Vista Ave., exclusive membership in its Green Business Program. It is the only automobile repair shop in Alameda to have earned the designation. The designation means that the shop’s owners, Robert Ramos and Luis Gomez, have gone the extra mile when it comes to complying with the county’s environmental standards, especially conserving resources and preventing pollution.