Electric rates will change on July 1 for residential and commercial customers. At its April 23 meeting, the city’s Public Utilities Board approved a 1 percent overall rate increase for fiscal year 2019.
The increase, which goes into effect July 1, will help Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) fund improvements to its aging infrastructure, such as cables, poles, transformers and circuit breakers. AMP currently provides rates that average 17 percent lower than those in neighboring communities.
Alameda City Council recently directed staff to draft a minimum-wage ordinance that increases wages above what state law requires. The Council cited concerns over the high cost of living in the Bay Area and growing income inequality.
The president of the firefighters’ union filed a claim against the city seeking more than $200,000 in damages for “false” and “malicious” accusations made by city employees that has damaged his professional reputation.
The Northern California Coast Guard Retiree Council is hosting its annual All Services Military Retiree Seminar on Coast Guard Island Alameda, Saturday May 5. The seminar will be held in Building 4 on Campbell Boulevard.
A complimentary continental breakfast will be served, with registration from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the Point Welcome Room. Presentations begin at 8 in Gresham Hall and continue to noon.
The City of Alameda has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to potential business leaders seeking permits to start a cannabis-related business in the city. The RFPs for a Cannabis Business Operating Permit were issued Monday, April 23. The 30-page document includes the evaluation criteria for the proposal and the timeline for which the city will issue the permits.
The Navy will present its proposed cleanup plan for Site 32, a 60-acre site on the northwest corner of the former runway area at Alameda Point at a meeting next week at Alameda Main Library. Site 32 is the last of the Navy’s cleanup sites at the Point awaiting a certified plan, or remedy. The site, which will one day become part of a regional park, consists of buildings, a concrete bunker, roads, runways, a parking lot and open grassland, including more than nine acres of seasonal wetlands.
The Library Fund consists of monies given as gifts and memorials or collected as fines. In addition to city funding, the library is supported by the Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization composed of local, civic-minded residents, which annually sponsor fund raising events for the benefit of the Library System.
These funds cannot be used by the Library Board without the Friends’ consent.
The Alameda County Public Works Agency (ACPW) will close traffic lanes on the Park Street Bridge and High Street Bridge on different days beginning in April. The closures are necessary for engineering teams to perform bridge inspections. The lane closures will be during non-peak hours and at night. Detour signs will be posted. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the area.
An Alameda resident suffered serious injuries Friday, March 23, after a tree fell on him in Washington Park.
The man was watching his daughter play in a varsity softball game for Encinal High School’s Jets at Lower Washington Park when a large pine tree fell on him, according to a city press release. First responders were on the scene to transport the unidentified victim. The parent was taken to a local hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition. He remained hospitalized as of Monday, March 26.