News in Brief

Impact Fees to Take Effect

Development impact fees that the City Council approved on July 1 will take effect Sep. 19. "These fees require new developers to pay their fair share for the impact new housing or buildings would have on public facilities like parks, public safety and transportation," the city stated in a press release.

These fees are only charged to new developers creating new housing such as at the Del Monte warehouse or new businesses like those at Alameda Landing. They do not apply to existing home or businesses. Between now and 2040,

According to the city, between now and 2040 new developers are slated to pay $600 million in impact fees. A significant portion of these fees will fund new and improved parks and athletic facilities, the city stated. These include the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, the Estuary Park Athletic Field Complex and the Alameda Point Sports Complex.

Become a CERT Volunteer

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) is offering a free six-session Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course. Registration is open now for classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 24

The course, taught by AFD firefighters, trains residents and business employees on how self-sufficiently handle a disaster like the recent earthquake in Napa. The course will cover ways to assist families and neighbors when disaster strikes. The curriculum covers topics like personal preparedness and hazard mitigation; a two-part disaster medical class; fire suppression and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) awareness and disaster-search techniques.

Those who complete the course will be sworn in as California disaster service workers. The city provides these workers with hard hats, uniform vests and backpacks. They will be assigned to one of the four CERT districts in Alameda depending on where they live or work.

Experienced CERT graduates conduct additional continuing education classes and exercises throughout the year. They are also invited to join CERTs on-call team to assist the AFD and the Alameda Police Department with non-disaster responses

Classes are held at the AFD training center, 431 Stardust Place on Alameda Point. Signup today to reserve your spot. For more information, call AFD Captain Sharon Oliver at 337-2131.