Sep 16, 2020
Around the Island: Pollution, policing, pandemic towns top issues
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COVID-19 has been in our community for six months, and we know it will be some time before we recover. We also face dangerous air quality from the largest fires in our state’s history and widespread demand for policing reform and racial equity. These unprecedented times have been very hard, and we long for the day when the Alameda we love is thriving again.
Don’t forget masks: This Monday, we reached 20,000 COVID-19 cases in Alameda County. Here in the city of Alameda, we’ve had 377 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 144 cases in the past 30 days. We know that across the county, the age group with the largest number of cases is 18- to 30-year-olds. We also know that the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is for you to wear a mask or face covering when you leave your home.
This week the city launched a new way to view COVID-19 data at alamedaca.gov/c19. Check it out, and please add your comments and questions, as we will continue to make regular updates. You can view countywide data at covid-19.acgov.org/data.page. For statewide data, visit covid19.ca.gov.
Air quality, power outages: The West Coast states are burning with 3.2 million acres on fire in California, 4,000 structures destroyed and 19 people killed. The August Complex Fire in Mendocino is the largest in California’s history and as of Monday was only 30% contained. The Creek Fire in Fresno, where eight Alameda firefighters and two engines are deployed to protect structures, was just 10% contained. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by these devastating fires, to the people on the frontlines fighting to contain them and to their loved ones.
The fires all around us bring dangerous air quality to Alameda. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reported that while the smoke plume that impacted our region has moved east, a lot of smoke particles remains, continuing to cause unhealthy air quality. As the week progresses, winds may bring cleaner air, but our state’s fire season continues into November. Make sure you protect yourself and family members. A clean air shelter has been established at the Alameda Free Library when air quality is projected to be unhealthy. Check the city’s website at alamedaca.gov for dates and times, and check airnow.gov for current air quality readings (note the sensor is at Laney College).
The dangerous air is especially difficult for our unhoused population. The city recently opened a day center where people can rest indoors while wearing masks and maintaining distance. We also have hotel vouchers available. Those who are the most vulnerable because of their medical conditions, especially respiratory problems that make them vulnerable to COVID-19, have been placed in Project Roomkey motels since the shelter-in-place order began.
The wildfires created by extreme weather and heat also threaten our power supply. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) operates and maintains the distribution and transmission grid inside the city of Alameda, but the larger transmission grid brings AMP’s energy to Alameda, and some of those transmission lines run through high-threat fire areas. For updates on potential outages, go to AMP’s website at alamedamp.com or call 510-748-3902. Alerts are also posted on AMP’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Policing changes: In June, the City Council directed the city manager to form a steering committee to take the lead in developing a community-led process to address the future of policing and curbing systemic racism perceived in Alameda. The newly appointed steering committee includes Christine Chilcott, Al Mance, Cheryl Taylor and Jolene Wright. The council also approved a framework for future discussions with the community, including the following topic areas:
- unbundling services currently delivered by the Police Department;
- reviewing of Police Department policies and practices;
- Police Department accountability and oversight;
- reviewing “laws that criminalize survival;”
- systemic racism and community anti-racism.
Last week, the steering committee selected individual task force members to review each topic area and develop a work plan. More information including task force members can be found at alamedaca.gov/policing.
Protect, prepare, practice patience: The last six months will help guide us through the next six months, as we continue to fight against the pandemic, wildfires and systemic racism.
Protect yourself and others by always wearing a mask when you leave your homes. Prepare for unhealthy air quality and possible power outages. And practice patience and kindness, as each new day brings challenges that we’ve never faced before. We miss our old way of life, but in spite of the hardships we face, we are meeting this moment and brighter days are ahead. We are Alameda Strong.
Sarah Henry is a public information officer for the city of Alameda. She can be reached at 510-747-4714 or email@example.com.
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90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After Season 5 Couples Still Together Today
"90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After" Season 5 features six former, fan-favorite couples from previous seasons.
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After is drawing to a close, and despite a tumultuous season of tears, fights, scandals and drama, the season also had some heartwarming moments as well. Angela and Michael finally tied the knot after several rocky seasons, Elizabeth and Andrei were able to celebrate their nuptials with Andrei’s family in Moldova, and Larissa reunited with ex-boyfriend Eric Nichols and got a new pair of breasts.
With two episodes of the Happily Ever After Season 5 “Couples Tell All” just around the corner, and plenty of drama left to unpack, fans might be wondering what’s going on with the reality stars today. Did anybody reconcile their differences after the shocking Tell All? Who is still together today and who went their separate ways after filming wrapped up? Have any new relationships blossomed over the last few months? Here’s what we know:Angela & Michael
InstagramAngela and Michael, stars of the hit reality series “90 Day Fiance.”
After years of explosive fights, breakup threats and a few cheating scandals, Angela and Michael were finally married in Nigeria earlier this year on January 27, 2020. The reality couple faced a plethora of issues this season including fertility problems, a cancer scare, several disapproving family members and a memorable incident with a stripper; however, they persevered through it all and still tied the knot in the end in the end (although Angela called off the wedding half a dozen times first). Sadly, Angela suffered the devastating loss of her mother during the Season 5 finale, and the COVID-19 pandemic halted Michael’s visa application indefinitely for the time being, but the fan-favorite 90 Day pair appears to still be together today.Elizabeth & Andrei
InstagramElizabeth and Andrei, stars of the hit TLC series “90 Day Fiance,” are still together today and going strong.
Elizabeth and Andrei are still together today and raising their daughter Eleanor in Florida. The reality stars dealt with a plethora of issues this season, although most of them stemmed from confrontations with Elizabeth’s family, who went above and beyond to antagonize Andrei at every turn. Whether they were complaining about Moldovan food and culture, accusing Andrei of marrying Libby for a visa, or trying to dig up dirt about his past, Chuck, Charlie and Jenn went out of their way to make his life miserable this season. To his credit, Andrei didn’t let his in-laws completely destroy his marriage, since he and Libby appear to be stronger than ever these days.Tania & Syngin
InstagramTania and Syngin, stars of the hit reality series “90 Day Fiance,” appear to still be together today, despite their constant fighting on the show.
Tania and Syngin’s relationship was fraught with explosive arguments about their future all season long, and both reality stars were questioning whether or not they should try to repair their fractured marriage. At one point, it looked like Syngin was considering moving back to South Africa to be with his family, and Tania had several unpleasant meltdowns while they were vacationing in his home country. However, the reality stars found a compromise in the end and they both left South Africa feeling more confident about their future. Tania and Syngin appear to still be together today, based on their social media pages.Kalani & Asuelu
InstagramKalani and Asuelu, stars of the hit reality series “90 Day Fiancé,” are still together today and raising their two sons Oliver and Kennedy.
Kalani and Asuelu dealt with a host of marital issues this season, and despite their efforts to see a marriage counselor and attend therapy, the season still ended on an uncertain note regarding their future. From issues with Asuelu’s priorities, work ethic, attitude and financial stability, to ongoing (and occasionally, violent) confrontations with his family, Kalani was questioning her future with Asuelu all season long. However, it looks like the reality stars might have finally found some common ground in their marriage, since they appear to still be married today and raising their sons together in Utah.
Follow the Heavy on 90 Day Fiancé Facebook page for the latest breaking news, cast updates and episode spoilers!Paul & Karine
InstagramPaul and Karine Staehle, stars of the hit reality show “90 Day Fiancé.”
Paul and Karine had one of the most toxic relationships featured on 90 Day Fiancé over the years, and their marriage continued to deteriorate off-camera in 2020. Their marital issues took a turn for the worst this past summer after Karine filed a restraining order against her husband after claiming Paul abused and sexually assaulted her. The reality stars separated in late July and have been embroiled in a contentious court battle over custody of their son Pierre ever singe. Paul and Karine were unavailable to film the Happily Ever After Tell All special, likely due to their separation and ongoing legal issues. You can read more about Karine’s accusations against Paul by clicking here.Larissa & Eric
InstagramLarissa and Eric, stars of the hit reality series “90 Day Fiance.”
Larissa and Eric had a rocky, on-again-off-again relationship throughout the last two years, but they appear to still be together today. The Brazilian bombshell actually broke up with Eric over Instagram in September 2019, and despite the unexpected and very public split, the two worked through their issues and got back together during the most recent season of Happily Ever After. Larissa’s Instagram page features several photos of she and Eric together, and she recently posted a picture of his mom before announcing that TLC had ended her contract with the 90 Day franchise.Colt & Jess
InstagramColt comes clean to Jess about Vanessa being his roommate during tonight’s episode of “90 Day Fiance.”
Colt and Jess broke up while Season 5 was still filming (to the surprise of nobody), and we seriously doubt anybody was rooting for that train wreck to get back together. If you were hoping they would reconcile after the Tell All, we’re sorry to disappoint you – they definitely didn’t (and probably shouldn’t have been together to begin with). According to Reality TV World, Jess went on to date musician Brian Hanvey following her breakup with Colt, and while there were plenty of rumors that Colt and Vanessa started dating, both reality stars claim they’re “just friends,” so it doesn’t look like they sparked up anything romantic.
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on TLC. Part 2 of the Tell All airs next Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Part 3 on Monday, October 5 at the same time. You can find updates on the Season 5 cast, weekly spoilers, couples predictions and more 90 Day Fiancé coverage here.
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