News Briefs

City Honors Volunteers

At noon, this Saturday, Sept. 27, outstanding community volunteers and one nonprofit organization will receive the city’s Community Service Awards. The ceremony is part of the Everything Alameda Celebration taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lower Washington Park.

Impact Fees to Take Effect

Development impact fees that the City Council approved on July 1 will take effect Sep. 19. "These fees require new developers to pay their fair share for the impact new housing or buildings would have on public facilities like parks, public safety and transportation," the city stated in a press release.

These fees are only charged to new developers creating new housing such as at the Del Monte warehouse or new businesses like those at Alameda Landing. They do not apply to existing home or businesses. Between now and 2040,

creation & Park Department’s (ARPD) Underground Teen Center is a supervised, free drop-in program for all sixth through 12th graders in Alameda. The Underground features big-screen TV and video games, pool table, ping pong and a snack bar. Participants must sign-in and out each day.

Transportation is provided in ARPD vehicles from six Island City middle schools, The cost per ride is $2 or students can purchase a 10-ride punch card for $20. A list of schools is available on the website,

Girls Inc. Celebrates 50 years

Girls Inc. of the Island City will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a gala at Faz Restaurant and Bar, 1111 Broadway in Oakland from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. Tickets cost $75.

Guests will enjoy a formal wine reception with an abundance of hor d’oeuvres catered by Faz. Jim Franz and Jan Nichols will provide the entertainment.

Guests will be able to bid on silent and live auction packages that include a seven-night stay in Australia, a weekend stay at Disneyland, gift certificates to local businesses, and much more!

EBMUD Director to Address Rotary

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Doug Linney, Alameda’s representative on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) board of directors will speak at the Rotary Club’s lunch meeting. Linney will address topics like the current drought and EBMUD’s plan for managing the water shortage. He will discuss the possibility of an EBMUD rate increase and the restrictions on and policing of water use.

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