City Launches New Website

Screen capture    The city’s new website includes a portal to a crime mapping tool that visually displays recent police reports.

The City of Alameda revealed its updated website last Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 

Not only does it have a new, bold, red-and-blue design, the site has new features designed to improve access, transparency, usability and better serve Alameda residents.

One of the cool, new features is the Alameda Crime Activity section under the Police Department tab. This section allows visitors to look at a color map of where crimes have taken place. Each crime is given a logo. After clicking the logo a description of the crime, its location, time and incident number appear on the right side of the page. The map details crimes from the current date to the previous four weeks.

In the Alameda Crime Activity tab visitors can also view the Alameda Police Department’s (APD) 2018 annual crime statistics report and the city’s hate crime policy.

Under the Your Government tab, visitors can view the 2018 election results. Under the Proclamations section of the Your Government tab, visitors can view all the city government proclamations of 2018 including the LGBTQ Pride Month proclamation last June and the Alameda Recycles proclamation last November.

Under the Residents tab, web visitors can view a more detailed city calendar. Events on the calendar are divided into five subgroups: regular City Council meetings, public workshops, community events, city holidays and other city meetings. Each event includes a description, time and location.

Other new features of the website include a fully functional search engine, accessibility in five different languages, accessibility on different mobile devices and an easy-to-use homepage with a view of the city’s Facebook page and Twitter timeline.

The new website was built using the OpenCities platform, which offers staff analytics that allow regular updates based on usage. The website will continually be updated during the next year.