News in Brief

Donate to Sweeney Park When Shopping Online

The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate an amount equal to .5 percent of the purchase price to the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund (JSOSPF) when you buy selected items from The donation doesn’t cost anything extra.

When you make your purchase simply select "JSOSPF" as the nonprofit you want to receive you donation. The fund is a 501c3 charity that provides funding assistance to the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department for the creation of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Power Rate Hike
Up for Discussion

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) will vote on whether to increase Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) electric rates on residential and commercial customers at its Monday, June 15, meeting.

If the measure is approved, electric rates in the city will increase by an average of 4.56 percent and will take effect on July 1. AMP officials proposed the rate increase at the April 20 PUB meeting. The new rates are designed to meet the rising power costs, the increased operating expenses and the lower electricity demand.

The percentage of the increase will vary depending on the customer’s rate class. Small commercial customers on the A-1 scale will see a 6.4 percent increase, while customers on the A-2 scale would see a three percent increase. However, large commercial customers on the A-3 scale will see a 6.2 percent increase.

The board meeting is schedules for 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers in City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., and is open to the public. To learn more about the proposed increases, visit www.

Auto Service Shop
Closes after 47 years

A fixture at the corner of Grand Street and Buena Vista Avenue since 1968, Whitmore’s Auto Services announced it has closed for business. The combined auto shop and U-Haul rental business is well known to neighbors and residents.

"Hate to see the place go," stated Barbara Archibeque in an email. "I always knew and fully trusted he would take care of my cars. What was even better is we live close enough to push our car there if needed."

In recent years Louis Whitmore ran the family business, located across the street from the city’s planned Emergency Operations Center and Fire Station No. 3. Prior to 1968, the business operated from the corner of Oak Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal Named

The Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade committee recently announced Richard Bartalini will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal for 2015.

Bartalini has given more than 25 years of service to the local community. He has been a deputy district attorney of Alameda County, as well as a judge in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. He serves as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bartalini has been a strong supporter of Alameda schools and is the past president of the Alameda Unified School District. He served as chair of the Alameda Housing Authority and board president of both the Alameda Boys and Girls Club and Kiwanis Club of Alameda. He represented Alameda regionally and nationally, serving as one of the national directors for the Jaycees.

In 2014 Bartalini received the first City of Alameda Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meeting on Central Avenue Project is Tonight

Public Works will host a second community workshop tonight on the Central Avenue Complete Street Concept Proposal, which affects the area between Pacific Avenue and Sherman Street/Encinal Avenue.

The workshop will be held tonight, Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Encinal High School’s cafeteria at 210 Central Ave. A third community workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, write