The opposite day, somebody on social media identified that the final day of the 12 months will probably be 12/31/23 — or, 123-123 — and whereas it’s only a quantity, it seems like an indication of one thing constructive to come back.As we ring in 2024, let’s all take time to recollect the journey now we have been on collectively and recognize the group we share. On that word, right here’s the town’s annual top-10 listing, with highlights from the earlier 12 months, as we stay up for a wholesome, completely satisfied and peaceable new 12 months.
10. March 2020 seems like an eternity in the past, however this 12 months, the town continued to be Alameda Robust by returning to in-person conferences, whereas adapting to the continued impacts of COVID with an choice to take part by Zoom. Shout out to the town clerk’s workplace for all their work to create this format the place everybody can take part.
9. We began the 12 months with robust new management underneath Metropolis Supervisor Jennifer Ott. We continued to strengthen the staff all year long, with new division heads working to increase metropolis companies, determine new alternatives and handle Alameda’s most urgent issues.
8. Dignity Village, a 47-unit interim supportive housing undertaking, was constructed and occupied this 12 months, serving 61 people experiencing homelessness. This award-winning undertaking was constructed after receiving a state Homekey grant and county funding and is a vital step towards decreasing homelessness in Alameda.
7. Throughout the nation, regulation enforcement companies have skilled a disaster in police officer recruitment and retention. This 12 months, Alameda used wage financial savings to fund the most important police officer incentive program within the nation, bringing in a pool of certified, various and ready-to-serve candidates. We’ll proceed to swear in new officers till we’re absolutely staffed, which is anticipated earlier than the tip of the brand new 12 months.
6. Alameda’s CARE (Group Evaluation Response & Engagement) Staff moved from a pilot to a everlasting program in 2023. Led by the Alameda hearth division, the CARE Staff makes use of a cellular disaster staff staffed by a licensed paramedic and an emergency medical technician (EMT) and supplies a 24/7 various response to nonviolent people going through a psychological well being disaster.
5. Alameda’s assured earnings program, Rise Up Alameda, launched this 12 months. Throughout the nation, assured earnings applications are rising as much as forestall poverty and scale back financial instability. Alameda’s program supplies 150 randomly chosen low-income Alameda households with $1,000 a month for twenty-four months — funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal stimulus program — to encourage financial restoration through the pandemic.
4. Anybody who has made their technique to Alameda Level lately has seen the reactivation of the world. Town reconstructed sections of West Tower Avenue and Saratoga Road for individuals strolling, biking and driving, with raised bikeways, new sidewalks, avenue timber, bioswales, utilities and landscaping. Radium Runway, the long run performing arts middle, supplies an out of doors occasions venue with arts programming designed to encourage, educate and experiment. And the town is planning Alameda’s subsequent park on the western aspect of Seaplane Lagoon. De-Pave Park is an ecological park that may welcome sea-level rise and supply alternatives for public entry and environmental schooling.
3. Offering housing for all continues to be a key precedence, and this 12 months, the Metropolis Council accepted the Alameda Level West Halfway and RESHAP growth plans, which can break floor in January and supply greater than 300 affordable-housing models.
2. This 12 months marked the launch of $3.4 million in grant-funded adaptation sea-level rise efforts for the Oakland Alameda Estuary and Bay Farm Island. These high-priority initiatives will present shoreline protections to cut back flooding on the Webster/Posey Tune space, Bay Farm Island and alongside Doolittle Drive.
1. In 2023, there have been a number of transportation enhancements throughout the island, beginning with the growth of the town’s free AC Transit Go for seniors and other people with disabilities to over 15,000 rides per 30 days, with over 800 individuals enrolled. Many because of Caltrans for finishing the paving and restriping on Encinal Avenue between Broadway and Sherman, together with visitors calming measures and new bike lanes.
And, what we’re most enthusiastic about in 2024? Woodstock! This spring, we’ll see the launch of a brand new water shuttle, a yellow pontoon boat that may join Alameda’s west finish with Oakland’s Jack London Sq. space. See you on board!
Let’s keep united and proceed to create a group that fashions peace and like to the remainder of the world. Completely satisfied New 12 months!
Sarah Henry is a public data officer for the town of Alameda. She could be reached at 510-747-4714 or [email protected].