City of Alameda News Roundup

City of Alameda News Roundup

The city of Alameda launched its Commercial Streets program in June 2020. The program streamlined the permit approval process for expanding dining and retail into new parklets (using parking spaces) and the sidewalks. It also included repurposing the roadway along core parts of Park and Webster streets to greatly increase the area available for outdoor dining, retail and services. City staff worked closely with the Downtown Area Business Association (DABA) and the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) to develop the program, which supported the health of local businesses and the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 2021, the city issued more than 30 parklet permits and six sidewalk seating permits.

The program is scheduled to remain in place through Oct. 31. Recommendations to continue the program will be presented to City Council on Oct. 19.

Façade Grant Program Accepting Submissions
The Façade Grant Program provides businesses and property owners with matching grants to improve their storefronts and enhance the city’s retail districts. Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements. Grant amounts range from $500 to $15,000, depending on the type of work proposed.
For the 2021-22 program only, exterior murals will be reimbursed at the 80/20 level (the city will grant up to 80 percent of the cost of the work up to $10,000). Grants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. The next application deadline is Nov. 18. For more information, contact

AMP Energy Plus Program Offers Rebates
Alameda Municipal Power’s Energy Plus program provides residents with substantial rebates for lighting, refrigeration, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades. Depending on the retrofit, the rebates can cover up to 90 percent of the project cost for participating businesses. Energy Plus will close in the coming months, so AMP urges residents to take advantage of the program by the end of the year. Visit or call 748-3900 for information.

Chamber of Commerce Economic Forecast Luncheon
The community and business leaders of Alameda are ready to address the critical issues that are most important to local business, including the affordable housing crisis. Alameda Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual luncheon to share plans and ideas for the next year’s economic forecast. Guest speakers include Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, California State Senator Nancy Skinner, Alameda Planning Board member Xiomara Cisneros, and several local business leaders.
Presenters include Dr. Jon Haveman, National Economic Education Delegation (NEED); Lois Butler, City of Alameda; Andrew Thomas, City of Alameda; Adam Elsesser, Penumbra, Inc.; Josh Roden, Brookfield Properties; Abby Goldware Potluri, MidPen Housing; Laura Thomas, Renewed Hope Housing Advocates; Matt Regan, Bay Area Council; Joann Guitarte, Donut Petit; and Dan Poritzky, The Research Park at Marina Village.
The event takes place Friday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 or there is a delivered luncheon for eight available for $1500. For tickets or information, contact the Alameda Chamber of Commerce at 522-0414 or email