Public forums scheduled on city's performance

City officials are inviting people to public forums to discuss and receive community input regarding new performance measures that will help track whether City Hall is achieving the results the public wants and whether resources are being efficiently.

The next forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1900 Third St.

The final forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave.

The first forum was held on Feb. 19.

The draft performance measures can be reviewed at the city's website: http://alamedaca.gov/city-manager/performance-measures.

Fire damages two-story home on Calhoun Street

Fire crews quickly put out a blaze in a two-story house Feb. 15, preventing it from spreading throughout the structure and keeping the damage to one room, authorities said.

The one-alarm fire began around 11:20 p.m. at a residence in the 2800 block of Calhoun Street near Otis Elementary School when a paper bag was left on top of a floor furnace, said Alameda fire Capt. Jim Colburn.

Two adults who live in the home saw the smoke and called firefighters before evacuating. They were not injured, Colburn said.

Firefighters saw flames coming from the first floor when they arrived and brought it under control within minutes. The floor of one room on the first floor and the surrounding walls were damaged, and investigators estimated repair costs at $25,000, Colburn said.

Colburn said the residents spent the night with other family members but were planning to return to the house, which remains OK for living, despite the damage to the room, Colburn said.

Police officer appointed to state commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed veteran Alameda police Sgt. Anthony Munoz to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Munoz, 45, has held multiple positions at the police department since 1995, including sergeant and officer. He is past president and executive board member at the California Narcotics Officers' Association.

His appointment, which was announced Feb. 21, requires state Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Munoz is a Republican, according to the governor's office.

State, federal tax forms available at library

State and federal tax forms are available at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

The forms can be picked up near the self-checkout machines, and reproducible forms are available in both copier alcoves.

Tax forms are also available to print on-line from home at www.irs.gov.

While the library staff can assist people in finding the forms, they are not tax advisers and cannot tell you what forms you need to use.

Online parking survey open until March 2

The city Public Works Department, the Park Street Business Association and the West Alameda Business Association are conducting an online parking meter study to identify the needs of visitors in the city's shopping districts.

The survey, which takes about three minutes to complete, also aims to find ways to protect the environment from unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and allow shoppers more convenient access to parking.

The survey will remain open until March 2. It is available at http://alamedaca.gov/public-works/metered-parking-survey.

For information, call Alan Ta, an assistant engineer with the city, at 510-747-7946 or e-mail ata@alamedaca.gov.