News Bites for June 24, 2022.
County Masking Order Ends, City Strongly Recommends Masking Indoors
Alameda County issued a statement today [PDF] announcing the end of their masking order. As of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 25, the County will align with state and other local counties’ guidance. The County states that daily reported cases have peaked and continue to decline. The State continues to mandate wearing masks indoors in health care settings, congregate settings like correctional facilities and shelters for the unhoused, and long-term care facilities.
Subsequently, the City of Alameda released its own statement, strongly encouraging masking indoors, despite the County’s change of regulation. More information is available from the City’s COVID-19 information page.
Noise Predicted for Oakland Airport Neighbors
The Port of Oakland announced that Runway 12/30 at the Oakland International Airport will close for routine maintenance weekly on Mondays from 12–6:00 a.m. North Field runways will be used during that time. The Port asks those with aircraft noise concerns to call their Noise Hotline, 510-563-6436.
Andrew Thomas Has a Conversation About Housing
City Planning, Transportation and Building Director, Andrew Thomas met with citizens interested in Alameda’s housing. The event was hosted by the Alameda Chamber and Economic Alliance, and was held at Almanac Brewing Company at Alameda Point.
Zac Bowling was in attendance and shot the above video of the entire question and answer session. A wide variety of topics were covered including the Draft Housing Element and the McKay Avenue Wellness Center.
Drought Tolerant Plants Installed at City Hall
The City announced in September of 2021 that City Council had directed staff to implement water conservation efforts. Now, one of these programs is well underway, installing drought-tolerant plants around City Hall in areas that were once grassy lawns. Alameda PostCast host Scott Piehler snapped these shots of the progress being made yesterday.