Wind power firm signs Alameda Point lease

Makani Power, a wind power company owned by Google, has renewed its lease at Alameda Point for up to 21 years and for an additional 110,000 square feet of space in a former aircraft hangar.

The lease also gives Google the first right to negotiate for an additional 367,000 square feet in adjacent hangars when those properties become available. Google will also have the option to purchase the buildings if the city puts them up for sale.

The company currently leases 17,000 square feet of industrial space at Alameda Point.

Makani Power, which takes its name from a Hawaiian word that means wind or breeze, is a startup working on a prototype device to harness high-altitude wind energy. The company's goal is to make the cost of wind energy competitive with fossil fuels.

Google acquired Makani in 2013. Go to www.makanipower.com/google/ for information.

Police launch campaign on pedestrian safety

Alameda police have launched a campaign to highlight pedestrian safety after an increase in collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians.

The effort includes enforcement, monthly pedestrian decoy operations, presentations in public schools and awareness tips shared via social media.


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As of Jan. 31, eight collisions involving pedestrians were investigated, police said.

Last year, 41 collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles took place and drivers were found to be at fault in 36 of the incidents. Twenty-six motorists did not yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk; five did not to yield to pedestrian in the roadway or while turning; three accidents were due to drivers not paying attention; and two drivers were speeding.

The awareness campaign and stepped up enforcement began the week of Feb. 10.

In February, officers issued 62 citations compared to 26 in January, police said.

Golf tourney fundraiser planned in fall for parks

Registration will begin April 1 for the "Play for the Parks" golf tournament, which will take place Sept. 15 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

The Alameda Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit at 2226 Santa Clara Ave. whose mission is to promote, protect and support recreation and park activities in Alameda, is hosting the event.