Feature Articles

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is launching a new energy-savings program for qualifying low-income customers. The program aims to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and lower participants’ electric bills. At its regular meeting on May 20, the city’s Public Utilities Board approved the program, which includes installation of energy-saving upgrades at eligible customers’ homes.

The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has provided a major donation to Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) to support the planning of the Alameda Wellness Center. The donation will support comprehensive project planning and ensure that the wellness center delivers significant benefits for individuals and seniors experiencing homelessness and complex health needs.  

The wellness center will provide 90 senior supportive housing units, a 50-bed medical respite program and a resource center, along with primary health-care services. 

On Monday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Food Shift will host an evening of inspiring stories and delicious vegetarian food to celebrate its culinary training program apprentices and graduates. Diners will be able to taste a vegetarian meal prepared by Food Shift kitchen apprentices at C’Era Una Volta, the Italian restaurant, at 1332 Park St. Ste. D. 

Food Shift staff will also share program updates including metrics, new partners and information about Food Shift Catering.

All meetings are scheduled to take place at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Council Chambers, third floor unless otherwise noted. For more information see www.alamedaca.gov.

Monday, June 24

  • 7 p.m. Planning Board. Meetings held the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Tuesday, June 25

  • 6:30 p.m. Alameda Unified School District Board of Education. Meetings held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. 

Tuesday, July 2

Longtime Alameda resident Bing Seto recently returned from Guangzhou, China, where Aquarama, Asia’s largest tropical fish exhibition honored him with the prestigious “Global Ornamental Fish Lifetime Achievement.” The event marked Aquarama’s 30th anniversary.

Seto’s interest in discus fish started at the age of 19 years when he entered a tropical fish store at the local mall. There he saw discus fish for the first time. He had previously raised guppies and neon fish, but after seeing discus fish that day, he knew he wanted to try to breed them.