Municipal Power GM appointed in Alameda

Glenn Steiger has been appointed general manager of Alameda Municipal Power, replacing former manager Girish Balachandran, who left the utility in December.

Steiger brings more than 40 years of electrical industry experience to the top job. He serves as deputy general manager for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority in Fort Defiance, Arizona, where he is responsible for all electric and broadband utility operations.

His background includes working at Glendale Water and Power, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. and at the Imperial Irrigation District in the Southern California city of Imperial.

As general manager, Steiger will manage a staff of 90 and maintain responsibility for the city-owned utility's electric power transmission and distribution, system reliability, rate design, budget and overall customer satisfaction. He is expected to begin work July 21.

Ronald Stassi has been serving as interim general manager since January.

City Manager John Russo announced Steiger's appointment Monday.

Alameda Municipal Power has more than 34,000 residential and commercial customers and a $62.4 million budget.

Tomatina backs Island's Relay For Life program

The Tomatina restaurant, 1338 Park St., will donate 15 percent of all food and beverage sales from lunch, dinner and takeout Tuesday to Relay For Life of Alameda.


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To participate, a customer must present a flyer with their payment, which can be downloaded from www.relayforlife.org/alamedaca. The flyer is also available at the Alameda locations of Bank of Marin.

Kiwanis club to discuss the Del Monte building

Jim Meek, a representative of the developer Tim Lewis Communities, will speak to the Kiwanis club on Wednesday about plans to transform the Del Monte warehouse, 1501 Buena Vista Ave., into a mix of housing and retail.

The exterior of the warehouse, one of 30 designated landmarks in the city, would be restored and preserved under the proposal. The Kiwanis meet at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Lunch is optional. For information, visit www.alamedakiwanis.org.

City offers emergency alerts through Nixle

The city is now using Nixle to provide instant alerts to the community for public safety events and other significant community issues.

For many years, the city used a similar service that only dialed landline telephones. Nixle uses technology that provides instant outreach via telephone, cell phone, text message, email, Facebook, Twitter and the Internet.

The alerts can be sent citywide or only to certain neighborhoods, depending on the situation. There are three levels of messaging that are typically sent: alert messages, advisory messages, and community messages.

To receive alerts via mobile devices and social media, people must sign-up by texting their ZIP code (94501 or 94502) to "888-777."

People can also sign up via the Internet at: http://local.nixle.com/register/ where there are options for where you want alerts sent -- home phone only, cell phone, or both. Residents and businesses will continue to receive emergency alert messages via their landline phones automatically.

New flavor at Tucker's supports park bench

All proceeds from the sale of a new ice cream flavor at Tucker's Ice Cream, 1349 Park St., will go toward the restoration of the Isabelle Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park.

Kate Pryor created "Dumb Friends Bench Blueberry Buckle."

The park bench was commissioned by Isabelle Clark in 1920 and originally had a water trough for the benefit of birds and other animals that has since been filled in. The bench is inscribed "In Memory of My Dumb Friends," a reference to animals and their inability to speak.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Commission has pledged $5,000 toward the $15,000 cost for the restoration. Individuals and businesses are donating the rest of the money.

The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society, which has pledged $500, is acting as a conduit so that donations can be accorded 501(c)(3) status.

For information, visit www.savethebench.org or contact Denise Shelton at 510-508-2603 or alamedans@gmail.com.