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Beginning this Saturday, June 22, all calls made from 510 area code numbers will only be completed if the caller dials “1”, plus the 510 area code, then the seven-digit number. This is a result of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adding area code 341 to the 510 area code region that encompasses the majority of Alameda County and the western portion of Contra Costa County. 

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft recently announced that the city will honor Gene Oh, owner of Alameda Bicycle (pictured above) and Otto Wright, owner of The Local café (below) with their appointments as grand marshals of the 2019 Fourth of July Parade.

Oh conceived of and organizes the annual 2019 Alameda Bike for the Parks fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars for Alameda parks each year. Through his bike shop he organizes many free rides each year, with tips and maintenance included.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, the Planning Board will take its meeting on the road. The public is welcome to come along. The board will first host an open forum in the parking lot on Oak Street behind City Hall. Board members and the public will then visit four developments: Everett Commons at 2437 Everett St.; Mulberry at 2100 Clement Avenue; Littlejohn Commons at 1401 Buena Vista Ave. and Alameda Landing.

The 53rd annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest held June 8 on Crown Memorial Beach featured a vast array of original works in both the architectural and creative divisions. The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, which hosts the event, reported 475 people participated with 50 sand castle entries and 64 sand sculpture entries. 

Winners were divided into age categories with the judges’ favorites being named “Best in Show” for each division. The top three entries from each category — which include the best in show entries — received ribbons for their efforts.

The state of California is taking unprecedented measures to protect all California residents and businesses from the risk of wildfire. Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) planned power outages to reduce the risk of wildfire may have broader implications on the electric grid. While Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) does not expect to have planned power shutdowns at this time, it uses PG&E’s transmission system and could potentially be impacted.