Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft shares an elbow bump with Gov. Gavin Newsom at Ruby Bridges Elementary School on Tuesday, March 16. The governor was in town to give a press conference that addressed the reopening of schools for in-person instruction after almost exactly of year of closure.
The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging in Alameda and world history. Events that gripped the nation also had a lasting impact on the Island City as well. From the COVID-19 pandemic to protests of systemic racism, 2020 will be remembered as a unique year.
On May 19, the City Council approved a multi-pronged Commercial Streets Program to streamline the permit approval process for expanding dining and retail to parklets and sidewalks. Last Friday many Alameda businesses and restaurants began reopening.