Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft

‘We are not out of the woods yet’ says Gov. Newsom

Two developments last week signal how serious the battle against COVID-19 has become, and how seriously we must engage in this fight to contain its spread: public health officers from the Bay Area’s six most populous counties issued a new shelter-in-place order that imposes increased limitations on travel, activity and essential business functions until May 3. They also recommended the use of face coverings when in public to conduct essential activities.

‘We must work together to protect our community’

My highest priority as Mayor is the health and safety of our families and community members. Today, Alameda joins cities in the U.S. and around the world in confronting the greatest public health crisis of our time, the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding this formidable threat, I am certain that Alamedans will rise to meet this challenge and protect our entire community. Here’s what we must do.

Last month’s event “March for Meals” recognized federal legislation signed in March 1972 that helped create Meals on Wheels America programs nationwide. Alameda Meals on Wheels began in 1973 and has served hot, nourishing meals to homebound Alameda residents 365 days a year ever since. 

In celebration of March for Meals 2019, Alameda Meals on Wheels invited Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Alameda County Meals on Wheels Board Member Dave Neumann to help out. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s time to end the stigma associated with experiencing and seeking treatment for mental illness. This is especially important now, after nine weeks of sheltering in place. COVID-19 has increased stress and anxiety about our health, jobs and businesses, finances and education, restricted our mobility and created uncertainty about the future.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers these tips for coping with stress during COVID-19:

‘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.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Albany Mayor Nick Pilch will join other local officials at a noon press conference next Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. Ezzy Ashcraft and Pilch want to make Alameda and surrounding cities aware that the state of California must end permits for new oil and gas wells. 

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and the City of Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board will honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and nonprofits at the annual Community Service Awards Ceremony next Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.  

This event is open to the public and free of charge. A light dinner will be served. Reserve seats by tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1, at

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft recently joined 166 Mayors (and counting) from across the country in signing a letter to senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, urging them to immediately call the Senate back to Washington, D.C., to take action on bipartisan gun safety legislation. 

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft presented a proclamation on May 7 to Cindy Houts, executive director of the Alameda Food Bank (AFB), and Joe Johnson, coordinator of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for the National Association of Letter Carriers. The mayor noted that even working people are now turning to food banks for help as rents and other costs rise faster than wages. The postal workers dropped off collection bags in Alameda that day and picked them up Saturday, May 11, filled with donated non-perishable food items. All food collected in Alameda will stay in Alameda at AFB.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft will help kick off the 27th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Tuesday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., in front of Alameda City Hall, 2623 Santa Clara Ave.

“It is very gratifying to be Mayor to such a generous and compassionate community,” Ashcraft said. “The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a wonderful opportunity where in just one day, we can all join together to make a difference.”