At its Monday meeting the Public Utilities Board unanimously approved the fifth year of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) five-year rate increase. Bills will reflect the jump in rates beginning July 1. Nearly all residential customers will see a $2.25 increase on their monthly billls.
The increase resulted from an assessment in 2010 that showed that AMP needed more revenue to meet higher power transmission costs and to replace a power contract that expires this year.
On Tuesday Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray relieved Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Island. Ray was promoted to vice admiral prior to the ceremony. Zukunft has served as the Pacific Area Commander since April 2012, and is awaiting Senate confirmation to serve as the Coast Guard Commandant in Washington, D.C.
Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT) will hold its quarterly meeting next Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave.
The meeting will feature a panel presentation and audience discussion “Responsible School Board Governance.” In November voters will elect two members of the school board and possibly vote on a bond measure for the school district. The meeting will discuss issues surrounding these decisions.
Last week, the City of Alameda announced it is approaching completion of plans for Alameda Point’s Waterfront Town Center area. Officials expect this area to become the heart of Alameda Point featuring retail establishments, attractions for visitors, waterfront promenades and transit-oriented multi-family housing.
The plan addresses the areas of the Point that front on Seaplane Lagoon, defined as a focal point of the new community to be developed. Planning staff has identified this location as a primary attraction among the new developments because of the waterfront.