Alameda police warn of suspicious callers

Alameda police are urging people to be wary of phone or Internet requests for money after several residents reported they had received calls from individuals posing as police officers or as court officials, demanding money.

The callers told the victims they must pay a specified amount or face being arrested, police said.

Police said signs a call may be fraudulent include warning you to act now or you will miss out on an opportunity; asking you to pay upfront fees or taxes to receive a gift or a prize; or assuring you there is no need to verify the caller's information with anyone.

As a general rule, people should not send money to someone they do not know; not give out personal information such as a Social Security number or date of birth over the phone; and people should be leery of all requests or transactions in which they are asked to send money through a wire transfer service.

Anyone who has received a suspicious call can contact the Alameda Police Department's COPPS Unit for assistance at 510-337-8305.

Power agency to get interim manager

City Manager John Russo has appointed Ronald Stassi to serve as interim general manager of Alameda Municipal Power beginning Thursday. Girish Balachandran, the agency's current general manager, is taking over a similar position at the City of Riverside.


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"Ron Stassi understands the issues facing Alameda and the Northern California Power Agency (of which Alameda is a member)," Russo said. "He also has past working relationships with some of AMP's utility personnel which he gained from a similar assignment in late 2006 and early 2007."

Stassi has spent more than 40 years with California municipal utilities, including at the cities of Glendale and Pasadena and at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He most recently served as utilities director for the City of Lompoc from early 2007 through late 2012.