District Newsletter, 1/20/22


Getting a Library card is free and easy for anyone in the District 1 community. It’s even easier to become a library member now by applying for an eCard online or requesting a Welcome Card be mailed directly to your house from Alameda County Library. The library has expanded access to what you can do from home or on the go. You can now stream art & craft classes through Creative Bug, access grant directories through the Foundation Center, and an increased digital book & audiobook collection through Libby, Overdrive, and Hoopla.  


The Library has expanded virtual programming for all ages. Upcoming events include a Virtual Cooking event on January 27th with Café Ohlone to highlight Ohlone food traditions and Native cultural resilience through a cooking demo and discussion. Mak-'amham (mahk-am-haam) means our food” in the Chochenyo Ohlone language. You can celebrate the Year of the Tiger at our Virtual Chinese New Year program on February 4th in partnership with the South Bay Chinese Club and Citizens for Better Community.  If you are interested in discovering something new, dial 1-833-990-BOOK to reach the Listen Inn; find new stories every New and Full Moon. 

Library services are also available in-person in your community. Every Saturday, from February 5th through April 16th between 1-4pm VITA Tax Assistance will be held at the Fremont Main Library for eligible households/persons who earned under $57,000 in 2021. The Fremont Main and Dublin branches have partnered with the Alameda County Law Library to provide access to legal databases and physical collections inside the library. And if you are interested in starting a garden, visit the Fremont Main Library, Irvington Library, and Centerville Library to pick up this month’s basil seed kit. Visit www.aclibrary.org for more information. 


Brian Edwards | Division Director | Fremont Main Library


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 In Memoriam: Brigadier General Charles E. McGee

January 18, 2022 – Alameda County, CA – It is with a heavy heart that District 1 recognizes the passing of the great American hero, Brigadier General Charles E. McGee, on January 16, 2022. Accumulating a total of 6,308 flying hours and an astonishing 409 fighter combat missions with the United States Airforce throughout the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, McGee represented one of America’s most courageous servicemembers in its history. McGee was a member of the esteemed Tuskegee Airmen combat pilots and was deeply proud of what he and his fellow Airmen accomplished in the face of racial injustice on the home front.

The Tuskegee Airmen, McGee once said, “proved wrong those that believed Blacks were not able to master sophisticated equipment, that Blacks lacked courage, or that Blacks did not have the wherewithal to fight a determined enemy. It was the Tuskegee Airmen that ended up with a stellar WWII aviation war record and thereby edged the military toward integration and America away from segregation.”

Following his service in the Armed Forces, McGee used his aviation expertise in his role as the Director of the Kansas City airport and as a member of the Aviation Advisory Commission, and for over 30 years as an ambassador of the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated (TAI). Whether in dogfights over the clouds of Europe or in his TAI speeches here at home, Charles McGee fought to protect our Country in times of war and to make our Nation a more just place to live for all Americans. In honor of his service and his patriotism, District 1 proudly recognizes the remarkable life and legacy of Charles E. McGee.

Click here if you would like to read more about McGee’s life and accomplishments from the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. website.


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Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order # free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

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Alameda County reaches vaccination milestone with more than 80% of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

  • More than 1.3 Alameda County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • At this milestone, 80.3 percent of all residents are fully vaccinated, over 86.5 percent have had at least one dose, and 49.2 percent of fully vaccinated have received a booster. 

We know the changing isolation and quarantine guidelines can be confusing, this graphic may help. For more details click HERE.

In alignment with the State, Alameda County's goal is to keep kids in school.

  • Cases are high, but people, including children, who are vaccinated continue to be protected against the worst outcomes of infection. 
  • The best thing to do to protect your child and other students from COVID-19 is to ensure your child stays home if experiencing symptoms of COVID, asking them to wear a well-fitted mask when they go to school, and getting them vaccinated and boosted, when eligible.

2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Medal Winners

There were over forty-eight judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating 5,816 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries for the 2022 San Francisco Wine competition. 

Congratulations on your award(s) at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The following winners in District 1 are: 

  • 2019 Pinot Noir, Sunol Highlands Vineyard - Double Gold
  • 2018 Pinot Noir, Sunol Highlands Vineyard - Silver
  • 2017 Pinot Noir, Sunol Highlands Vineyard - Silver
  • 2018 Sparkling Viognier, Sunol Highlands Vineyard - Silver
  • 2019 Viognier, Sunol Highlands Vineyards - Bronze
  • 2020 Viognier, Double Gold

To view all the winners click HERE. 


The Advisory Commission on Aging works in concert with the staff of the Area Agency on Aging to develop, plan, and administer, programs designed to assist older adults and their caregivers in the County. The Advisory Commission on Aging reviews requests for funding from local community-based organizations, and provides recommendations for funding to the Board of Supervisors.

If you are interested in serving on this commission they meet on the second Monday of the month, from 9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M., and are still meeting on Zoom.

For more information please contact: shawn.wilson@acgov.org.


County Department Highlight

15th Annual Fremont Crab Feed

 In Memoriam: Brigadier General Charles E. McGee

COVID-19 Update

2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Advisory Commission On Aging


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1221 Oak Street, Suite 536

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 272-6691

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4501 Pleasanton Avenue

Pleasanton, CA 94566

(925) 551-6995


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Shawn Wilson 

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Health and Social Services 

Kathy Kimberlin 

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