Many city services are available online and by phone and email during the statewide shelter-in-place order. 

Building Department
Building inspections, planning and permitting can be reached at For service by phone, call 747-6800 for building permits or information; 747-6805 for planning permits or information or 747-6854 for help with any problems. Applications can also be submitted online at

The COVID-19 health crisis has not only affected Alameda high-school sports teams in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), it has also affected teams at the club sport level. 

Jane Smith works as a server at a restaurant and rents an apartment in Alameda.  Up until March, she was financially stable and paid her rent using her salary and tips.  Things changed, however, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the nation, including California.

An Alameda man was one of three alleged suspects arrested for the fatal shooting of a man on the 3000 block of 16th Street in San Francisco on March 16. 

The regularly scheduled Planning Board meeting took place Monday, March 23. Members of the public can watch City of Alameda meetings via livestream and address board, committee or councilmembers during meetings remotely.

Several upcoming city meetings have been cancelled, including the Transportation Commission on March 25, the Civil Service Board on April 1, and the Open Government Commission on April 6. Check the city’s website at for updates regarding meeting announcements and cancellations. 

Alameda Unified School District Board Member and local Realtor Anne McKereghan displays what she calls “the best thank-you card ever.” McKereghan adopted Ms. Cheren’s class at Paden Elementary School through Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt-A-Classroom program. In return the class created the larger-than-life card pictured here. 

A pair of brothers who grew up in Alameda, Patrick and Andrew Nguyen, just organized their fourth benefit show, showcasing performances by local music and dance students. The performers represent: Dance Arts Project, Bay Area Music Project, St. Philip Neri Youth Choir, Alameda Cello Academy, Island Quartet and more.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office released the final update of the March 3 Presidential Primary Election results on Tuesday, March 24. The Registrar and the California Secretary of State’s offices have received 100 percent of the votes cast. The Alameda County Registrar Tim Dupuis made it official by signing the certicificate of each county race and sent the final numbers to the California Secretary of State’s office. The state will certify all statewide results on April 3. 

Costs spike during transition

In its 2021 Budget request to Congress, submitted on Feb. 10, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is asking for $152.9 million in additional funding in order to construct the clinic and administrative office building at Alameda Point. Up until now, the VA had funding only for site grading, utilities and road work, the first phase of the cemetery and on-site wetland mitigation.

The Health Officer of Alameda County has put in place a shelter-in-place order, effective last Tuesday, March 17, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

For more information on the details of this public health order, see and click on the link next to the date labeled March 16. Within the press release there is a link for the list of “essential activities.”