News in Brief

West End schools locked down

A report that someone with a weapon was in the neighborhood of Encinal High School caused the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to place the school on lockdown at 11: 45 a.m., Thursday, June 11. AUSD also contacted the Alameda Police Department (APD).

AUSD spokesperson Susan Davis said that as a precaution, the district also locked down other West End schools, including the Woodstock Child Development Center, Paden and Ruby Bridges elementary schools and Island High School.

APD later reported that its officers made no arrests.

Emergency center and fire station construction to start

The city announced construction is scheduled to begin Monday, June 22, on its new emergency operations center located at 1809 Grand St., and Fire Station No. 3 adjacent at 1625 Buena Vista Ave. On May 19, the City Council awarded the construction contract to Alten Construction.

Work will take place on the new facilities Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During construction, motorists will experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces, temporary restricted street access, as well as an increase in noise and dust levels. No-parking signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of the planned work to advise when the work will begin and parking restrictions will become effective.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 2016.

For more information on the project contact Flavio Barrantes at 747-7900.

Alameda Municipal Power to Host Town Hall Meetings

Alameda’s locally owned power company, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced it will be hosting a series of town hall meetings on the future of energy over the next six months. The purpose of the meetings is to engage the community in a dialog about the challenges and opportunities the utility is facing.

The first meeting will discusscustomer solar and how to appropriately and equitably integrate it into the electric grid. The utility wants to hear feedback from customers about the level to which it should expand or shrink subsidies for solar and how it should position solar in Alameda’s energy mix.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, in the Regina K. Stafford Room at the Alameda Main Library, 1515 Oak St.

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AMP Budget in Place

On June 15, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) approved Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) $62.5 million budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. The board also approved a transfer of $2.8 million to the city’s General Fund.

Projects for fiscal year 2016-2017 include continued work on the second electrical crossing to Coast Guard Island, expanded implementation of the advanced metering pilot, as well as upgrades to transmission, distribution and substation equipment.

The budget also includes the conversion of most of the city’s streetlights to LEDs as well as expanded energy efficiency rebate programs for residential and commercial customers.

Body Pulled from Bay

Police at East Bay Regional Park District are reporting that the body of an elderly woman was pulled from the water Tuesday at Crown Memorial State Beach. According to police, a visitor at the beach saw the body about 12:30 p.m. in the water near Willow Street and Shore Line Drive and pulled it to shore.

The woman’s identity and cause of death were not known at press time.