Archive for October, 2010

Alameda power outage

October 24, 2010

We had three power outages today! The first two were around 2pm and lasted less than 15 minutes. The third was around 6:30pm and lasted nearly an hour. This was perhaps the longest power outage in the 16+ years that I’ve lived here.

Unless I missed it, there were no updates on AMP’s website re: the service interruption. I see an update dated 8:53pm, but there were none during the outage as to the probable reason(s). Perhaps this is such a rare event that it caught AMP off-guard? Might be a good time for them to start a twitter feed similar to PG&E 🙂

Not a biggie in the grand scheme of things, life goes on. But it was really annoying to see all the lights on in the library at around 3pm and a sign saying “The library is closed due to power outage”.



October 18, 2010

From the AMP newsletter:

To help Alameda residents measure how efficient their 120-volt appliances, electronics, and computers are, AMP has donated 10 Kill-a-Watt monitors to the Alameda Public Library. The easy-to-use monitors help calculate the energy costs for each appliance or electronic device tested, and library patrons can borrow the monitors much like they borrow a book!

This is very cool! Reserve your monitor here (as you would expect, there’s a waiting list) 🙂

Additional info on these monitors.

Stealth campaign?

October 7, 2010

Election season is well underway in Alameda, but inquiring mind wants to know if Beverly Johnson is running a stealth campaign or is she really serious about running for Council? For starters, she doesn’t have a campaign web site nor has she cared to reply to the campaign questionnaires. Perhaps a classic case of DYKWIA!