News in Brief

AMP Warns of Scam

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has reported that it has received multiple complaints from local businesses that someone impersonating a utility representative (either on the phone or in person) is claiming that electric accounts are past due and will be disconnected.

The individual goes on to provide payment instructions via Green Dot MoneyPaks or NetSpend prepaid debit cards.

AMP advises its customers to be suspicious of anyone demanding immediate payment on their accounts. AMP never asks for credit or debit card numbers and only provides automated courtesy calls to accounts that are already delinquent.

AMP customer service representatives are available at 748-3900. AMP also maintains an automated system that enables its customers to check their balances 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you suspect you have become a victim of this scam, AMP recommends that they call the Alameda Police Department at 337-8340 and file a report.

Bikeway Groundbreaking
on Saturday

The city will host a groundbreaking to celebrate the construction of the Shore Line Bikeway. The new bikeway, planned as one of the longest protected bikeways in the Bay Area, will include a buffered space between bicyclists and motorists.

Mayor Marie Gilmore will join Bike Walk Alameda board member Donna Eyestone, Public Works Director Bob Haun and Transportation Commission Chairperson Jesus Vargas at the ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m., this Saturday, Oct. 11, at Pedal Beach on Shore Line Drive, next door to McDonald’s.

"This project will greatly improve the safety and enjoyment of cross town bicycling," said Gilmore. "It will also invite more community members to get on their bikes and enjoy the beautiful bay in Alameda."

For more information about the project, visit http://alamedaca.gov/public-works/shore-line-drivewestline-drive-cycle-t....

City Awarded Grant for
Jean Sweeney Park

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has announced that it has awarded the city a $2.23-million grant to build the segment of the Cross Alameda Trail that runs through Jean Sweeney Park. MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county Bay Area.

The city will begin designing the trail though the park early next year as a multi-use recreational trail for walkers and bicyclists.

Amenities in Jean Sweeney Park will include nature-based playgrounds; an open lawn area adjacent to a gazebo and covered picnic pavilion. Plans for the park also include a community garden, as well as an urban orchard and demonstration gardens for a bay-friendly landscape.

Daysog Office Hours

Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours this evening, Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Danube Café, 1333 Park St.

He will also be available this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Farmers’ Market at Haight Avenue and Webster Street. Reach him at tdaysog@
alamedaca.gov or 747-4726.

Alameda Landing Hiring

Alameda One Stop Career Center is hosting a job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., next Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the College of Alameda, Building F, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

The center has formed a partnership with Catellus Development to help fill positions at Alameda Landing. Employers will be recruiting to fill positions that include accounting, customer service and sales, as well as security, technical and warehouse workers.

Target has already hired new employees who took advantage of this partnership.

Learn more at 748-2208 or www.alameda.peralta.edu/one-stop.