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Elon has COVID – again, Restaurant Week kicks off in Alameda and San Leandro moves forward with shoreline development

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Elon Musk tweets he has COVID for second time

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday tweeted that he’s been infected with COVID-19 again after first testing positive in November 2020, causing him to quarantine during a SpaceX launch that transported four astronauts to the International Space Station, East Bay Times reports.

Musk has expressed ambivalence towards the public health policy since the virus was first detected but said he supports the vaccine while saying that shots shouldn’t be mandated.

“To be clear, I do support vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal,” Musk tweeted last April. He also told Time magazine during an interview for Person of the Year in December that he and his family are vaccinated.

However, Musk also took the opportunity in his tweet to question whether or not the variants of the virus should still be considered COVID-19 asking, “How many gene changes before it’s not Covid-19 anymore?”

Alameda hosting Restaurant Week until April 3rd
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Restaurant Week in Alameda kicked off Friday, giving diners the chance to sample some of the delicious dishes served by eateries that call the island home.

In addition to sampling items from special Restaurant Week menus, restaurant goers are also invited to upload a copy of a receipt from a participating restaurant for a chance to win over $1,000 in gift certificate prizes.

Shoreline development in San Leandro pushes on following delays

The Monarch Bay Shoreline Development slated for construction on San Leandro’s shoreline is set to push forward after the project was stalled due to COVID-related issues, East Bay Times reports.

The project, which includes the construction of 285 apartments and 200 townhouses, gained support from council members during a council meeting on March 14, although the latest version of the project has not been officially approved.

“This is going to be a win-win for the community in a lot of ways,” Councilmember Corina Lopez said during a city council meeting. “It’s going to be a lot of new housing and amenities for our public and it’ll bring a lot of new energy and revenue and life, as well as having tangible community benefits.”

Of the units slated for construction, 21 affordable townhouses will be available to buyers whose income does not exceed $169,560, or 135% of the median area income. The other eight will be available to homebuyers who earn no more than 150,720, or 120% of the area median income.

The development will also include a nine-hole golf course, a 210-room hotel, a market and retail space.

The project was first introduced in 2008 after San Leandro lost federal funding to dredge the two-mile channel near the marina. San Leandro opted to dismantle the docks and allow the construction of housing instead of paying to have the channel cleared of accumulating silt.

Cal-Coast Development was prepared to build the project in 2020 but the Pandemic caused further delays.

“It’s been many years, but [we’ve been] really working along a continual road, paving the way for the steps that we’re taking,” said Katie Bowman, the city’s economic development manager.

The San Leandro City Council is expected to vote on the proposed project this summer following public hearings on the development.

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