News Briefs

Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi announced that he will retire on Dec. 27. City Manager John Russo said that he will appoint Deputy Chief Doug Long as acting fire chief.

In a message to his colleagues D’Orazi thanked them for their support and assistance over the last three and one-half years he has worked as chief and during his 35-year association with the city.

"I have never been so impressed with the level of professionalism and competence shown by our management team," he said.

AMP Warns of Scam

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has reported that it has received multiple complaints from local businesses that someone impersonating a utility representative (either on the phone or in person) is claiming that electric accounts are past due and will be disconnected.

The individual goes on to provide payment instructions via Green Dot MoneyPaks or NetSpend prepaid debit cards.

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,