News in Brief

Tie the Knot at City Hall

City Clerk Lara Weisiger invites love birds to exchange vows in the City Council Chambers on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

Interested couples should call Weisiger’s office at 747-4800, by Thursday, Feb. 5, to reserve a time; space is limited. Couples getting married will need to have a marriage license, which is issued by any county, and valid photo IDs.

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AMP Introduces
State-of-the Art Meters

As part of its long-term initiative to modernize the city’s electric grid, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is launching a pilot project that will integrate advanced meters in the city’s 300 largest businesses.

The new meters can communicate between customers and AMP. They will replace the traditional analog meters that were the industry standard for more than 70 years. They will give customers more energy consumption data than ever before to help them make more informed decisions on power usage. The meters also allow for faster outage detection and restoration and eliminate the need for meter readers to access customers’ property every month.

There will be no charge to the customers having the new meters installed. The project is the first step in upgrading Alameda’s electric grid with new technologies designed to improve the reliability, efficiency and security of electric services provided to customers.

AMP is also developing a small residential pilot program with these meters. The results of both pilot projects could lead to a system-wide conversion for more than 34,000 residential and commercial customers over the next few years.

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Hoop Shooters Advance

The 41st Annual Elk Hoops Shoots City Finals took place on Friday, Jan. 9, at the Alameda Point Gym. The contest was comprised of Alameda residents, or students who attend Alameda schools, between the ages of eight and 13 years old.

The event was a free throw shooting contest, in which, each participant gets 25 chances to make as many free throws as

possible. Two Alameda residents advanced to the next round, the Elk Hoop Shoots Northern California semi-final in Sacremento. Jacob Price won the competition in the 10- to 11-year-old boys’ bracket. He will advance after making 20 free throws. He beat out Griff and Joe Loughran who finished in second and third place, respectively.

Andre Koume will also compete in Sacramento after winning the 12- to 13-year-old boys’ division. He made 19 free throws. Malachi Francois came in second place, while Angel Pagan took the bronze position.

Brandon Pazin won the eight- to nine-year-old boys’ section. He just beat out Julian Muoz and Colin Pero, who finished second and third, respectively.

Amber Cox won the event for eight- to nine-year-old girls. Adriana DeMeo came in second and Amy Screechfield. Katie Ohno won the 10- to 11-year-old girls’ division, Isabell Galbo came in second, while Meechal Wowede finished third.

Sarah Motley won the girls’ 12 to 13 year old bracket. She was just ahead of Fana Binyam and Rania Elmounthaj.