Public Works Department

Alameda Fire Department to host open house, ceremony

The Alameda Fire Department and the city’s Public Works Department are hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station No. 3 and the adjoining Emergency Operations Center at 1625 Buena Vista Ave. and 1809 Grand St. this Saturday, Dec. 2. The festivities begin at 1 p.m.   

The public is invited to join Alameda’s new fire chief, Edmond Rodriguez, on a walk through the facilities. Light refreshments will be served.


The City of Alameda’s Public Works Department was recently awarded American Public Works Association (APWA) accreditation. Alameda is the 115th agency to gain accreditation out of more than 15,000 public works agencies throughout North America. Alameda is the second Bay Area city of equivalent size to gain accreditation (Palo Alto is the other). 

Edric Kwan, president of the Northern California Chapter of APWA, said, “The City of Alameda has achieved a prestigious accreditation that serves as the nationwide gold standard in the public works industry.”

The City Council will certify the Water Quality and Flood Protection Initiative at its Dec. 17 meeting after Alameda property owners voted in favor of a fee hike.

The Public Works Department will install new all-way stop signs at the intersection of Santa Clara Avenue and Willow Street this month. The work is expected to be completed no later than the end of October.

Public Works advises that motorists will require an adjustment period. According to the city, people who drive down Santa Clara regularly (or even rarely) have a mental snapshot of how the intersection looks without the stop signs. 

The City of Alameda’s Public Works Department has purchased five new electric vehicles (EVs) and installed three EV charging stations at its Alameda Point facility, marking a major milestone in the city’s coordinated campaign to lower greenhouse gas 
emissions locally.


To help Alameda residents prepare for the storm season, the City of Alameda’s Public Works Department opened its sandbag station at Alameda Point today, Tuesday, Dec. 4. The facility will remain open through the end of storm season. Public Works provides up to five free sandbags for Alamedans who can show proof of residency, such as an Alameda Municipal Power bill or current driver’s license with an Alameda address.


The Public Works Department is conducting a parking survey and hopes to hear from residents, businesses and visitors about parking in the city’s shopping districts.

In 2014, the City Council authorized improvements to metered parking in both districts including replacing parking meters with credit-card-enabled smart meters and adding improved signs to attract more motorists to the Civic Center Parking Structure on Oak Street. 


Blue and dark green bins for recycling and composting have been popping up throughout Alameda’s busiest public areas, giving residents and visitors an easy alternative to throwing items in a trash can that will end up in a landfill. The City of Alameda has been working to bring both recycling and organics collection to its most popular public areas. 


Efforts to be more “green” are paying off for the city of Alameda Public Works Department. The city’s new program that included reducing water and paper usage, producing less trash, while increasing recycling, resulted in the city receiving the 2016 Sustainability Practices Award. The Northern California chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) gives out the award each year.

The city of Alameda’s Public Works Department is offering up to five free sandbags to Alameda residents to prepare for the upcoming storm season.
Residents will receive their sandbags after showing proof of residency, such as an Alameda Municipal Power bill or current driver’s license with an Alameda address. Some sandbags are already filled, although residents should be prepared to fill their own.