Covid-19: ‘I think we might be through the worst,’ says Alameda County health official

The severe winter covid-19 surge in the East Bay may have hit its peak, said an Alameda County public health official this week. "I think we might be through the worst," Alameda County Interim Public Health Officer Nicholas Moss said on Tuesday. Moss, however, added there is not yet enough evidence clearly showing the surge … Continue reading Covid-19: ‘I think we might be through the worst,’ says Alameda County health official

East Bay Insiders – Ep 29 – 2020 wrap-up, 2021 crystal ball

Annus Horribilis is behind us. Coronavirus, masks, hand sanitizer, defund the police, recession, George Floyd dominated a memorable, yet forgettable year. We also look ahead to 2021 and the changes that may happen in the new year. Enjoy the show and thank you for listening! Happy New Year to you and your family!

2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle donning the now ubiquitous medical masks during a meeting in October. Tom Hanks was infected with covid-19 and the NBA abruptly put its season on hold in March. Away we were with the most trying year in many generations. The covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways. It made … Continue reading 2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Alameda County covid-19 cases by city

ALAMEDA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES BY CITIES (UPDATED - CLICK BELOW) •Confirmed total cases in Alameda County: 67,096. Deaths: 764, as of Jan. 19. **Alameda County rate/100k residents: 4,069.0. Covid-19 cases by city Total CasesRate/100k**Oakland20,9204,976.4Hayward10,6196,689.7Fremont5,8702,517.5Eden Area*4,6786,854.4San Leandro4,1244,632.9Livermore3,4443,871.4Union City 3,1014,263.9Berkeley2,3862,002.4Newark2,1704,412.2Castro Valley1,9663,058.5Pleasanton1,7722,245.9Alameda1,7892,305.7Dublin1,2681,846.6Fairview4744,495.0Emeryville3242,592.6Albany 2451,273.6Piedmont1471,360.9Sunol303,141.4Others1,227*Eden Area includes unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo.**Rate per 100,000 residents.

After swearing-in, new Alameda councilmember publicly gave out her cellphone number

Spencer For those who routinely interact with the public the pandemic has rendered human touch obsolete, even dangerous. Local stay-at-home orders have hampered a brand of retail politics -- hand-shaking, kibitzing, and even hugs and kisses -- that has been long favored by the newly-elected Alameda Councilmember Trish Herrera Spencer. Despite the restrictions, Spencer won … Continue reading After swearing-in, new Alameda councilmember publicly gave out her cellphone number

Bay Area will begin new stay-at-home orders on its own, begins Dec. 7 in Alameda County

Alameda County, along with four other counties in the Bay Area, will begin Gov. Gavin Newsom's new stay-at-home orders earlier than anticipated. Newsom's new order, announced on Thursday, was predicated on regions like the Bay Area falling below 15 percent available capacity of Intensive Care Units. The region was at 28 percent, as of yesterday. … Continue reading Bay Area will begin new stay-at-home orders on its own, begins Dec. 7 in Alameda County

Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

The pandemic has sent all government meetings to the virtual realm, but once the pandemic is behind us public speakers may be allowed to continue participation in Alameda County Board of Supervisors meetings from home. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle made the query during a special meeting on Tuesday as the board was receiving public … Continue reading Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

Not yet sworn-in, Alameda’s Trish Spencer provides a preview of what’s to come

Spencer The mere presence of the Alameda firefighters' contract on a city council agenda is certain to elicit howls from island conservatives as it did Tuesday night. The agenda item was placed on consent for Tuesday meeting, but Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog, a critic of the union who voted against the original contract, pulled it … Continue reading Not yet sworn-in, Alameda’s Trish Spencer provides a preview of what’s to come

Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

"Oakland Unified submitted its reopening plan this week to Alameda County in the hopes of allowing some students back to class beginning on Jan. 25, but the proposal is also contingent on bargaining with the teachers union as well as the number of coronavirus cases now surging through the country," KTVU reports. "California allows schools … Continue reading Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

COVID-19: Alameda County is trending toward favorable orange tier

New coronavirus cases, along with the rate of positive tests, at-large, and among the lowest socioeconomic areas in Alameda County continue to trend downward, said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County’s interim public health officer. The positive trends mean Alameda County could move from the state’s red tier to orange, as early as next week. The … Continue reading COVID-19: Alameda County is trending toward favorable orange tier

Alameda will issue fines for not wearing masks, those failing to social distance

Alameda became the second city in the county to allow the issuance of citations to those who do not wear masks during the pandemic and fail to adhere to social distancing protocols. Fines will begin at $250 for a first offense, followed by $500 for a second offense, and increase to $1,000 for three or … Continue reading Alameda will issue fines for not wearing masks, those failing to social distance

Alameda County: Eviction moratorium extended again; supervisor floats rent relief idea

Just weeks after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to extend a countywide moratorium on evictions, the board do so again on Tuesday, furthering the prohibition to 60 days after the expiration of the county's public health order, but no sooner than 60 days after Dec. 31, 2020. The request was first made by … Continue reading Alameda County: Eviction moratorium extended again; supervisor floats rent relief idea

Alameda County official says covid-19 surge could worsen this fall

After initially keeping the coronavirus at bay, the number of new cases in Alameda County has skyrocketed to more than 11,000 over the past two months, and it may get worse, according to the county's interim public health officer. Local health officials had previously predicted a surge in new cases would come sometime in August. … Continue reading Alameda County official says covid-19 surge could worsen this fall

Khanna, Sanders, propose medical masks for all

With the number of coronavirus cases surging in many parts of the country, including California, and locally, in Alameda County, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill on Tuesday to mail a medical mask to all Americans. “If we can afford a $740 billion defense budget, we can afford to send … Continue reading Khanna, Sanders, propose medical masks for all

Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Alameda's Trish Herrera Spencer was the self-proclaimed "people's mayor," but voters dismissed her from office two years ago after just one term. Perhaps, this fall Spencer is hoping to rebrand herself as the "people's councilmember"? Spencer pulled papers earlier this month to run for one of two at-large seats this November on the Alameda City … Continue reading Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council