As people walk down the bustling streets of an industrialized city, they come across plastic grocery bags, plastic soda rings and plastic straws littering sidewalks. While concern for plastic pollution is justified, there is another type of human and environmental toxicant to be wary of: microplastics. 

The main justification of those wishing to build additional housing has been that California’s population is growing by leaps and bounds, and we need housing for all these new people. Recently, I saw some postings on the Internet that refuted this claim. Curious, I did some research. This is what I learned:

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.

Stay at home, when out, use social/physical distancing

Residents and businesses in Alameda County have been ordered to shelter in place or stay at home, with exceptions for certain essential activities, business and government services and public infrastructure construction. When performing these exceptions, using social/physical distancing of at least 6 feet will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable members of our community. 

‘This is a marathon, not a sprint,’ says Mayor Ashcraft

Two and a half weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home, except to work in “essential businesses” or perform “essential services.” I’m proud of Alameda’s effort to comply with these restrictions on our movement, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially among our most vulnerable community members and avoid an influx of COVID-19 patients at our hospitals.