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

The East Valley Tribune which covers the cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale and Queen Creek, Az., reported on the 104th birthday celebration for Mesa resident Albert Vargas on May 4. Vargas was born in 1915, in the middle of World War I.

Vargas enjoyed a party featuring cake, live music, gifts and positive energy, organized by his close friend Richard Stauder. Vargas attributes his long life to a “healthy lifestyle” starting with an active childhood by the sea growing up in Alameda.