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As you walk along Alameda’s many shorelines and mudflats, one of the birds that you can see standing in or near shallow water is a pale brown bird with a long bill that curves upward. Named the Marbled Godwit because of its coloring, the one we see most is the largest of the four species of Godwits. The adult bird ranges from 16 to 20 inches in length including its bill (3.1 to 5.1 inches) its wingspan is 28 to 35 inches and it weighs between 8.5 to 18 ounces (a can of soup weighs 12 ounces). 

The City of Alameda has released its COVID-19 “Get Around Safe” pledge that encourages pledge-takers to drive, bike, walk, and take transit safely during the coronavirus pandemic.  The pledge responds to how the pandemic is changing how people get around, which adds potential dangers to everyday movements.

At 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, the Alameda Fire Department responded to the report of an unconscious person in the waters of the Oakland Estuary near High Street Bridge. The response involved 16 fire fighters and included the department’s rescue boat. They located an adult male in the water east of the High Street Bridge. An AFD rescue swimmer brought the man to the rescue boat. Paramedics then transported the victim to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where doctors pronounced him dead. The Alameda Police Department and the United States Coast Guard also responded to the call. 

In response to recent national and local events involving police, the City Council is developing a Workplan to address:

1. unbundling services currently delivered by the Police Department; 
2. systemic racism;
3. a review of Alameda Police Department policies and practices;
4. Alameda Police Department accountability and oversight;
5. a review of laws that criminalize survival; and
6. other matters which may be pertinent.