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Authorities prepare to ensure social distancing during Memorial Day Weekend
Lake Merritt in Oakland will remain open this weekend, but parking will not be permitted on the street surrounding the park. People will be out trying to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, but the City Park Ambassadors will also be there to remind and ensure people follow social distancing rules.
Most of the people are acting responsible and following the social distancing norms, but there are a few who do not follow. The Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, consistently promotes the message – “Give the Lake a Break.” Schaaf brought out some guideline regarding the park use during the recent virtual town meeting. Vendors are not allowed in the parks, parking areas are also closed, but a lot of streets will be open to slow street movement. Officers will also be present to monitor the traffic on the Lake Merritt area. The local area residents hope that outside area visitors do not crowd and act sensibly.
Victim’s mother wants justice for her daughter’s brutal homicide
On 31st March, police discovered Anika Crane’s body, stuffed in her grey Ford Fiesta Sedan’s trunk at the intersection of Liberty Street and 159th Avenue, near a 7-convenience store, SanLeandro.
Her mother, Anita Cole, described her daughter as a people’s person, loving, kind and responsible, and thus when Crane missed her work for the first time, her mother felt suspicious. One week later, the officials found her abandoned car and her body stuffed it its trunk.
It was hard for the victim’s mother to accept the suspect arrested as he was the 35-year old victim’s 65-year old boyfriend. Initially, their relationship was not accepted by Crane’s family due to the age-difference, but out of love for her, they embraced the man. Jasmine Shivers, Crane’s cousin told that Crane had started a new job, bought the new Sedan and was talking to go out of Oakland. It seems that the boyfriend could not accept her independence and that if he cannot have him, nobody else can have her. The family told that Anika died due to blunt force trauma to her head and neck. It was a brutal homicide, her death was wrongful, and thus Cole wanted justice.
Huron Valley Guns has a whole intricate in New Hudson, and it's not merely guns
It additionally has a hairstyling parlour and a cafe. Proprietor Ed Swadish has chosen to revive his bistro Thursday amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A post on the store's Facebook page says they won't comply with unlawful requests. They obliged the straightening the bend idea; however, never consented to shut until the infection is destroyed. The condition is genuine, and unfortunately, numerous lives have been lost. Nonetheless, when all the states that are still on lockdown are Democratic, they need to expect there are politically charged inspirations and they are not losing my business for that.
Local four connected with Swadish, who declined on a camera meet, yet discussed his thinking. He revealed to Local 4′s Mara MacDonald that he feels this infection has been politically armed.
He's not worried about his licenses however the on-location hairstyling parlour will stay shut because the beauticians are concerned about their support. The café will have tables outside and social separating. He isn't expecting clients to wear a cover. However, servers will be wearing them alongside gloves.
Everything on the tables will be expendable. The menu has just been printed up and named the "Opportunity Menu."
It is indistinct whether Attorney General Dana Nessel will move to close down the eatery, similar to the state never really hairdresser who revived in Owosso. However, Huron Valley Guns and its Molly Pitcher Cafe could likewise end up in a difficult situation with the Oakland County Health Department.
Oakland may reduce the minimum age for voters to 16 years after considering Ballot Measures
San Francisco and Oakland may reduce the voting age on some municipal ballot issues to 16 years.
The Oakland city council will decide and announce on Tuesday that whether these 16 and 17-year-old residents should be allowed as a voter for the Oakland School Board elections.
City Council President Rebecca Kaplan authored the Oakland Youth Vote measure, which received support from Mayor Libby Schaaf and other city leaders.
The measure will be done for the November ballot, and if the results turned out to be good, the city might adopt it. By adopting this, Oakland will become the fifth city in the nation to allow a minimum of 16- year-old voters. Voters already passed a similar measure in Berkeley in 2016.
According to the office of board president Norman Yee, the measure would make San Francisco the first major city in the U.S. that allows minimum 16-year-old voters to vote.
According to the proposed charter amendment, the young voters have to qualify for all the criteria for voter registration and have to register with the city Department of Elections to vote.
Many cities are looking forward to lowering the voting age to create an early habit to vote and gaining momentum on the state level.
Oakland: New protocols announced
David Coulter, County Executive informed that “We believe these policies and other steps we have taken will help keep visitors to our county buildings and our employees safe and healthy”. The state official report that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan has taken a rise to 51,915 on Monday and 4,915 deaths Therefore for taking measures the county has decided to check the temperatures of anyone entering the Oakland county government building as a precautionary measure.
They also made the face-covering to be necessary before entering. This is to ensure the safety of employees and visitors to the county buildings. Coulter also added that their team has been evaluating buildings, public spaces and offices for better services. Virtual appointments are enabled for county government services during the stay in order and county employees are equipped to telework. Although, from 26th the county will begin onsite services.
The human resource wing of the county government has prepared a digital COVID-19 playbook that can be downloaded by village, cities and townships. This gives a guideline of roles and responsibilities of county employees as well as give a framework when they reopen services which were limited.
Therefore, the above mentioned measures have been put into force for the improvement of public health.
Lake Merritt: Parking-ban continues
During these tough times, ensuring safety was necessary and thus, weekend parking ban was issued around Lake Merritt, Oakland. The ban was essential to keep away the sunbathers and people partying at weekends.
People removed many No-Parking signs, and thus many people got away parking their vehicles near the lake but not taking tickets from the parking authorities.
Oakland resident Denise Williams-West told that since the parking signs were down, probably people were protesting that officers cannot ticket them. There was ban ion the Food Trucks as well, but one taco truck denied taking off his truck as he needed money and there were no signs of “No-Parking” put up. Lake neighbours admitted that the activities place made them feel the absence of coronavirus. On the other hand, a few disagreed saying they were penalized despite abiding by social distancing and wearing masks.
Eventually, the police managed, and there was lesser crowd comparatively. No-Parking signs were put up, and authorities resumed ticketing vehicles. The fines imposed are $70, and the city will ensure the parking ban around Lake Merritt on Fridays and the weekends, throughout the month of May, which includes Monday Memorial Day.