City to test emergency system Wednesday
City officials will test their "CodeRED" Emergency Notification System Wednesday, starting about 11 a.m.
The system allows police, firefighters and other first-responders to notify residents about a major emergency with phone calls, e-mails and through other ways. Residents opt in for the service by registering their contact information.
On Wednesday, the system will contact all those who have already registered and will note that the message is a test. The aim will be to determine how quickly officials can message the community, and to encourage people to sign up for the service.
To register, go to www.cityofalamedaca.gov or www.alamedapolice.org. People can also call 510-337-8535 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and speak with police Communications Supervisor Lisa McNiff.
Alameda police encourages all residents and businesses to register, especially those with unlisted phone numbers or who have changed their phone number recently, as well as those who use a cellular phone exclusively or who use Vonage or VoIP as their primary numbers.
Meetings set on possible new fire station
City officials will host the second of three scheduled community meetings Thursday to consider the
Firefighters assigned to the station are currently housed at an adjacent former private residence since the building is considered seismically unsafe. The station covers the central areas of the city's main island.
A first phase of the project requires a feasibility study, which in turn requires to the city to hold a series of community meetings.
The meeting on Thursday will take place 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., where officials are expected to offer an update based on the first Sept. 13 meeting.
A third meeting is set for between 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the senior center.
For information, contact Philip Lee, project engineer, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-747-7942.
Alameda named "100 Best Communities for Young People"
America's Promise Alliance has named Alameda among the "100 Best Communities for Young People," the third time the city has been selected for the honor.
"Being named one of America's Promise Alliance's '100 Best' is significant and meaningful to the entire community," Mayor Marie Gilmore said. "So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community."
America's Promise Alliance is a national partnership made up of more than 400 organizations, including nonprofits and businesses, that aims to improve the lives of children and young people.
Among the Alameda initiatives noted by the partnership was a restorative justice program at Alameda High School, which helps students with discipline issues, and a project that works to curb bullying within the Alameda Unified School District.
Free program to make teens better drivers
Bridgestone Americas' "Teens Drive Smart" program will visit Alameda Point on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, when it will offer free training to help young and inexperienced drivers who are ages 15 to 21 hone their skills.
Four half-day sessions, which will take place at 8:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. each day, will be offered. Each session combines classroom instruction with hands-on driving exercises, including a skid pad, to teach defensive driving skills, accident avoidance and to reinforce smart decision-making on the road.
The event will take place at Ferry Point and West Atlantic Avenue.
Visit www.teensdrivesmart.com to register and click on the "Driving Experience" tab.