Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Moving On in Three

From yesterday's posted results on the County Registrar of Voters webpage, it looks like outcome of the election is now certain.

Congratulations to all who topped the polls: Mayor-elect Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft will serve as Mayor in her home town, a special honor, and I wish her the best. I've known Marilyn since the days of Library 2000 and she is an exceptionally hard worker who cares about her city.

Mayor-elect Ezzy Ashcraft will be joined by John Knox White and Tony Daysog, and more than likely, Councilmember Jim Oddie who will fill the unfinished term vacated by the Mayor-elect.

Good news on Measure K and the voters deciding not to place Ord. 3148, Rent Stabilization into the Charter (not a good way to address the dynamics of rents in Alameda - time for the sides to meet and come up with alternatives) and with  Measure FF passing, extending EBRPD tax-funding which is key to making the new regional park at Alameda Point a reality.

I have two remaining Council meetings before the final meeting of December 18, so stay tuned as I prepare to move on from my service to you.

Thanks for your readership over these last years.

f.j.matarrese@gmail.com
510-759-9290


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Election Day - Exercise Voting Right - Fulfill Civic Duty



Today is Election Day - The day we exercise our right to vote and fulfill our civic duty. Now, more than ever, all eligible must cast a ballot because our Democracy depends on it.

For information on your polling place in Alameda, go to:

https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist

Feel free to contact me at any time.

f.j.matarrese@gmail.com
510-759-9290

Monday, November 5, 2018

Campaign Coming to an End - On the Vote!




Thanks to all who have been so generous with your support of my Campaign. Tomorrow Alameda voters will provide an answer.

I feel lucky to be able to serve, to have the opportunity to run for Mayor and am thankful in so many ways for the experience.




Monday, October 29, 2018

Grief, Sorrow, Shame and Anger - Aftermath of Pittsburgh

The grief of the families and friends of those killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this weekend, the shame of having such a thing happen in our Country and the anger at how we got here is still sinking in.

As an elected official I say we cannot continue to allow things like this to happen and we must speak out. Cease the incendiary rhetoric and debate focused on the issue at hand and with a solution in mind, whatever the problem.

Our Island of Alameda is not immune and we cannot turn away, but push back on the bigotry of anti-Semitism and any of its other forms.

Feel free to contact me at any time.

f.j.matarrese@gmail.com
510-759-9290

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

From Alameda to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The Ocean Clean Up Voyage


On September 7th, Ocean Cleanup launched its System 001 from the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point into San Francisco Bay. ON September 8th, the system began its 3 to 5-day voyage heading 250-350 nautical miles offshore to the Pacific Trials area. After the trials are completed, System 001 will be towed approximately 1000 nautical miles to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, at an average tow speed of 2-4 knots taking two to three weeks.

This effort began in taking shape earlier this year when Ocean Clean Up signed a lease to assemble System 001 at Alameda point.

https://www.theoceancleanup.com/updates/the-ocean-cleanup-signs-lease-for-alameda-assembly-yard/


 The progress of the system can be followed at:


 
Live at 0921 PDT 12 Sep 2018




Information on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch at NOAA's website:

https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/patch.html


Feel free to contact me at any time.

510-759-9290

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Marina Village Shuttle Doing its Part

This shuttle running between Marina Village Park and BART in downtown Oakland seems to have a growing ridership. Here's the evening run picking up at the Alameda County First Five building stop on Triumph at Independence

Could be as many as seven fewer cars in the Tube
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More information on Alameda's shuttle services in a future post.

Feel free to contact me at any time.

f.j.matarrese@gmail.com
510-759-9290



Saturday, September 8, 2018

Alameda Plays Key Role in World Class Ocean Cleanup Effort

Yesterday, Ocean Cleanup launched it's innovative cleanup system from Alameda Point. The 2000 foot floating boom system will deployed in an attempt to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Mass.

Watching the Ocean Cleanup boom being towed from the Seaplane Lagoon staging  

Tow vessels moving the Ocean Cleanup float from the Seaplane Lagoon

Maersk Ocean Cleanup deep water vessel awaits the float outside the Breakwater

Some good stories about this landmark environmental clean-up adventure are found at:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/08/the-ocean-cleanup-heads-for-the-pacific/

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/inventor-attempts-to-conquer-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch/

https://www.businessinsider.com/ocean-cleanup-great-pacific-garbage-patch-launch-2018-9


Feel free to contact me at any time.

f.j.matarrese@gmail.com
510-759-9290