News in Brief

Lagoon Lowering Set

The Alameda West Lagoon Homeowners Association has announced that workers will begin lowering the water in Alameda’s west lagoons starting next Monday, April 20. They will begin refilling the lagoons on Thursday, May 14.

Members of the association should take this opportunity to remove excess debris, as well as grasses and coral from the lagoon walls. They should place the debris in containers in front of their homes for pickup.

"Lowering is not done arbitrarily," said association president Robert Reeves. Tides significantly impact the flow of water in the lagoons, and workers have to lower the lagoons during low tide and raise them during high tide.

Chinese Club Offers Scholarships

The Alameda Chinese Club was founded in 1976 as a social club for Bay Area Chinese Americans. The club provides educational and recreational activities. For the past 36 years the club has provided scholarships for Chinese-American high school graduates pursuing higher education.

This year the club is awarding three $500 scholarships. Applications are available from counselors at Alameda and Encinal high schools. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is Friday, May 1. Call Sandy Kiyomura at 865-5496 to learn more about the scholarships.

The club welcomes new members. Call Dolly Fong at 523-3102 to join.

Long Made Permanent
AFD Chief

City Manager John Russo has made the city’s Interim Fire Chief Doug Long’s position permanent. Long has served as acting chief of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) since Mike D’Orazi retired in December.

Long joined AFD as a firefighter in 1988. In 1997 he was promoted to lieutenant; two years later he pinned on captain’s bars. He became a division chief, serving as shift platoon commander in 2011. The department placed him in charge of special operations which includes hazardous materials, technical rescue, and marine operations.

Last year the department assigned Long to the deputy fire chief position where he has had oversight of operational divisions including fire prevention. Chief Long earned his Associate Degree from Chabot College in Fire Technology. Throughout his career he has continued his education in the fire service by taking numerous classes and earning certifications from the California State Fire Marshal. Chief Long is also a member of the
California Conference of Arson Investigators.

Long graduated from Alameda High School in 1981 and earned a living by working in local businesses prior to joining AFD. He worked for Tuckers Ice Cream, Svendsen’s Boat Works, and Buestad Construction. He is married and has four grown sons and stepsons.

Rotary Offers Scholarships

Each year the Rotary Club of Alameda confers academic scholarships to outstanding students attending high schools in Alameda. This year the club will award more than $20,000, ranging from $500 for vocational scholarships to $3,000 for academic scholarships. Criteria include academic achievement, community service involvement, extra-curriculum activity participation, financial need and quality of the oral interview.

In addition, two $500 fine arts scholarships will be awarded based on nominations from the high school principals. Rotary encourages students attending all high schools in Alameda to apply.

Applications are available at

Applicants must submit the forms electronically to Karen Kenney at no later than Thursday, April 30.

Applications will be screened and invited to interview before Rotary’s Scholarship Committee on May 20 and 21. Rotary will recognize the winners at it scholarship award luncheon on Tuesday, June 2.