Community Corner: City hires new economic development manager

Community Corner: City hires new economic development manager

Michele Ellson

Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton rescue a sea turtle entangled in fishing line about 500 miles off the coast of Panama. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Alameda has hired an economic development manager. Darrell A. Doan will be tasked with marketing the city to prospective businesses and promoting existing businesses, as well as smoothing the way for businesses as they wend their way through city approval processes. Doan has 15 years of experience in economic development jobs, the city said in a press release, most recently as Baltimore’s director of economic development and managing director of real estate development. A Redwood City native, he has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University. Doan started on April 7; his annual salary is $120,973.

Families, business and community leaders will gather at Encinal High School from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Thursday, April 17 for Do Something, an event to highlight the Island’s cultural diversity and global connections. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature scientific experiments, performances and workshops by students from Encinal High School, Island High School and Ruby Bridges Elementary School. The event is sponsored by InSolidarity, Urban Youth Ambassadors and Bay Area Community Resources.

The Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Stratton returned home Sunday after a 97-day deployment to the eastern Pacific Ocean. The cutter traveled 22,000 miles as part of an operation that combatted drug trafficking, seizing or disrupting the transfer of 2,150 kilograms of cocaine valued at $70 million. While on their tour, members of the cutter’s crew helped paint and restore an orphanage in Panama and rescued a sea turtle trapped in fishing line off that country’s coast. The 418-foot-long Stratton is the country’s newest national security cutter; it was christened by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012.

The city’s public works department is holding a public workshop to discuss parking improvements for the Park Street and Webster Street business districts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in the cafeteria at Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Avenue (enter on the Central Avenue side). The goal of the workshop is to come up with a plan that provides more convenient access to parking, better supports Alameda’s business districts and reduces greenhouse gas emissions created by cars circling for a parking space. City staff will present the findings of a recent community survey on parking and a study of parking occupancies in the two shopping districts, as well as a review of best practices. Staff will seek input from participants on signage, parking equipment, rates and enforcement. Anyone with questions can contact assistant engineer Alan Ta at 747-7946 or

The Alameda Education Foundation is holding its annual Salute to Education event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue. Admission to the event, which celebrates innovative programs and volunteers at Alameda’s schools, is $30 in advance, and tickets can be purchased on the foundation’s website. Admission includes performances by Alameda and Encinal high school jazz combos, appetizers from Café Q, a commemorative wine glass and a drink ticket; additional drink tickets are available for $5 each.

Alameda Municipal Power has been recognized with a platinum Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association. The designation was granted to 184 of the nation’s 2,000-plus public power utilities that earned high marks for reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. The designation, which the utility earned for the second year in a row, also earns Alameda Municipal Power financial benefits like improved bond ratings and lower insurance costs.