News Briefs


The 2018 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) is underway. The program will ensure that all low-income Alameda parents who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children from newborns to age 12 and $25 gift cards for youth ages 13 to 17.
Parents needing toys can sign up at the Alameda Food Bank on or before Saturday, Dec. 8, by visiting or calling 523-5850. The program especially needs donations of crafts, sports balls and items for older children. 


Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) reports that thieves helped hemselves to the contents of its two payment drop boxes at 2000 Grand St. over the weekend. According to AMP, the Alameda Police Department responded to a call on Sunday, Nov. 18, that a resident noticed that the drop boxes appeared to be open. APD determined that the boxes had been pried open.


Alameda Municipal Power customers can now apply to use battery-storage systems. At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Public Utilities Board approved these systems, which customers can use to save energy they can use at any time. 

To qualify, battery-storage systems must be paired with renewable energy systems, like a solar-power system. AMP, however, prohibits these systems from sending energy back to the city’s own distribution grid.


The city recently released a sneak preview of its new website, which it plans to launch in January 2019. Visitors will see a blue alert bar with a link to submit feedback. 

According to the city, the site’s content management system is easier to use and more secure than its existing site. “The new website has a powerful predictive search tool, is mobile-friendly and available in multiple languages,” the city stated in a press release. 


Fleet Week 2018, which runs from this Sunday, Sept. 30, to Monday, Oct. 8, includes air show practices and demonstrations. This year’s air show performers will include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other military and general aviators who will use Oakland International Airport’s North Field as home base.