Alameda News

The city of Alameda firefighters’ overtime pay totaled more than $1 million last year, but there is another budgetary issue that needs to be examined.

Last year the city spent $1,160,694 on overtime pay for the Alameda Fire Department (AFD). But, they also had to pay $198,840 in acting pay.

Acting pay is money firefighters are paid when a particular employee temporarily holds a higher position because one of the four fire stations are short staffed for a time.

"This is also unavoidable," said Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff Del Bono.

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce announced this week that it has moved its headquarters from one unit to another within the South Shore Shopping Center.

The new office address is 2215-A South Shore Center between Trabocco restaurant and Towne Cleaners in the alleyway next to Trader Joe’s and Safeway.

The space vacated by the Chamber (2210-D South Shore Center) will become Pinot’s Palette, a business where visitors can bring a bottle of wine and some friends and then work step-by-step with a local artist to produce featured paintings to take home.

A trip to Alameda’s Farmers Market is always a colorful experience.

l foodies flock to the quaint Farmers Market on Haight Avenue just off Webster Street. I arrive on my fire engine red bicycle as part of the zero emission market aficionados who leave their cars at home and walk, bike or ride the bus. There is an air of therapeutic leisure here, unlike shopping at major supermarkets where 40,000 packaged foods are nothing more than manufactured edibles (some inedible). They overwhelm the brain as shoppers grab and pick through the shelves and dump it all in a cart in a hurry.

The Encinal Jets and the Junior Jets are about to become one big, happy family.

On Tuesday the school board considered whether to combine Encinal High School and the Junior Jets middle school program on the Encinal campus into a single school. The new school would be called Encinal Junior/Senior High School.

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Expenditures for Alameda firefighters have been a concern for many Alameda residents for years. Part of the reason for the concern is the amount paid to Alameda firefighters in overtime pay, which ballooned in 2014.

Alameda Fire Department (AFD) employees received approximately $1,160,694 in overtime pay in 2014, according to the City of Alameda 2014 Employee Earning and Benefits Report. The pay has come under scrutiny from some Alameda residents.