Community Corner: New power rates, wedding day, and job search training

Community Corner: New power rates, wedding day, and job search training

Michele Ellson

Alameda Meals on Wheels’ outgoing board president, Ed Kofman; current President Mark Sorensen; and director Rosemary Reilly were the recipients of a Kiwanis donation and the Kiwanis' Golden Ruler from President Bob Larsen following a recent presentation on the program. Kiwanis provides volunteers to deliver meals every Saturday. Photo by Bob Larsen.

Alameda’s Public Utilities Board has approved a $64.8 million Alameda Municipal Power budget for the fiscal year that started Monday. The budget, which is being balanced with $4.8 million in reserves, includes a $2.8 million payment to the city. Also, the utility announced new electric rates they’ll be charging starting this month that will add between $5 and $7 to most residential customers’ monthly bills.

The city and its housing authority are hosting a job training event in anticipation of Target's plan to hire hundreds of new workers in August to staff its soon-to-be-opened Alameda store. “Don’t Miss the Bull’s Eye,” a two-hour training event, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue. The training will be conducted by a retail executive who will discuss wardrobe and presentation, resumes and references, employment applications and more. Space is limited, and anyone interested in a job at the new Target store, which is to open in October, is invited to attend; anyone interested in attending can register online, at, or by calling 747-4344.

City officials are preparing to perform same-sex marriages in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject an appeal of a lower court’s ruling to nullify California’s Proposition 8, which made the marriages illegal, on a technicality. The city is planning a special Marriage Equality Wedding Day at a date to be determined; anyone interested in marrying on that day can call the City Clerk, at 747-4800, and get on the waiting list. Additional information on weddings at City Hall is available on the city’s website.