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Politician’s Town Hall Meeting as Good as a Sewer Pipe Rupture

The City of Alameda says that certain town hall meetings organized by politicians qualify for official distribution as significant community notices. (File photo)

The City of Alameda says that certain town hall meetings organized by politicians qualify for official distribution as significant community notices. (File photo)

Update: Aug. 12th, 8:15 a.m. – City of Alameda officials sent notification through Nixle that the town hall meeting has been postponed until further notice.

Notice of Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s town hall meeting at the library tomorrow is on par with a major sewer pipe rupture and eligible for distribution via the Nixle emergency alert and community notification system, a city hall official said today.

Readers wrote to Action Alameda News to ask why notice of Bonta’s town hall meeting, “to discuss current legislation and local efforts to provide children with a quality education, keep neighborhoods safe from gun violence, maintain a social safety net, and create good jobs and prosperous communities through smart economic development,” warranted distribution on the City of Alameda’s Nixle alert system, sent by the Alameda Police Department.

In late June, the City of Alameda announced the complete switchover of its reverse 9-1-1 system to Nixle, saying that it will be used to “provide instant alerts to the community for a variety of public safety events and for other significant community issues.”

In a city press release, Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi stressed that “this [Nixle] will provide community members with the important information they need, especially during emergencies.”

Apart from emergencies, the press release said that the system would be used also to send community notices, such as missing person bulletins, temporary street closures or news of a major sewer pipe rupture.

Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen told Action Alameda News, “this town hall meeting was sent out as a community notice, NOT an emergency alert, and police sent it because there are public safety issues to be discussed at the town hall. As we ramp up our usage of Nixle, such community notices will also come from my office, or other city departments depending on the nature and subject.”

Nguyen said that the police and fire departments have the most experience with Nixle to date.

The City of Alameda isn’t showing favoritism to Bonta, a former Alameda councilmember, and would share similar announcements for Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan or Congresswoman Barbara Lee, he said.

The town hall meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, at the Alameda Free Library on Oak Street.

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