Public Works

Welcome to the Public Works Department. We are responsible for Alameda’s public infrastructure, including assessment districts; integrated waste; streets; sewers; storm drains; sidewalks; street trees; traffic striping, signals, and systems; urban forest; and public facilities and fleet.

Department Head

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Liam Garland

Liam has taught in inner-city schools, helped clean up blighted neighborhoods, represented those who had suffered housing discrimination, and connected education organizations with talented leaders. Today, Liam helps the City of Alameda effectively steward the public infrastructure and, ultimately, improve quality of life for Alamedans.

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Mission Statement




Our mission: Steward the City’s public infrastructure and environment in a manner that contributes to Alameda’s livability and sustainability.

Our vision: Alameda is the best performing, most talented, and efficient Public Works department in the Bay Area.

Our values:

  • “Together, we go further.”

Collaboration and cooperation among our staff and with other departments helps us have more fun, create better ideas, and serve more Alamedans. Involvement of key partners and stakeholders helps us correct flaws in our work, improve our service, and promote transparency.

  • Safety

We believe the safety of the public, and our staff, is paramount.

  • Integrity

We are honest and ethical with each other and the public.

  • Service

We exist to serve the public and one another. Excellent service is responsive, transparent, efficient, and results-oriented.

  • Innovation and growth

Solutions to the adversity we experience will come through empowering staff to thinking differently and constantly grow.

Capital Improvement Programs





Clean Water Program

With the Clean Water Program, the City is committed to providing Alameda residents and businesses practical solutions to help reduce stormwater pollution. Learn more here.

Integrated Waste Program and Services

The City is a leader in recycling and composting, from passing new initiatives to providing resources for residents and businesses to contribute. Learn more about what the City is doing and how you can help here.

Earth Day

Please check our Events for more information about Earth Day. click here.

City Projects

Learn about projects happening all around the city here.

Annual Reports

To view a user-guided 2014-15 Annual Report that takes about 10 minutes, click here.

To view a more in-depth 2014-15 Annual Report with voice-over that is 23 minutes, click here.

The Maintenance Services Division works together with other Public Works divisions to maintain the following:

  • City vehicles maintenance
  • Facilities
  • Fleets
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Parking meters
  • Sewers
  • Storm drainage
  • Streets and sidewalks
  • Street lighting
  • Street signs and striping
  • Street sweeping and signs
  • Street trees and medians
  • Traffic signals 

To report a maintenance problem, please call: (510) 747-7900.

Street Sweeping Schedule(PDF, 23MB)

To learn more about the City's Urban Forest, click here.

To inquire about the City trees currently being removed and/or to view the arborist reports, click here.


Private Sewer Lateral

Alameda is part of the EBMUD Regional Private Sewer Lateral Program. Learn what that means here.

Sewer and Stormwater Fees

Information on Sewer Fees and Storm Water Fees are below.



We rely on community partners to help identify issues and develop solutions. Below is a partial list of organizations that we regularly partner with:

  • Alameda County Transportation Commission
  • Alameda Architectural Preservation Society
  • Alameda County Clean Water Program
  • Alameda County Industries
  • Alameda Raptor Society
  • Alameda Point Collaborative
  • Alameda Unified School District
  • AC Transit
  • American Public Works Association 
  • Alameda West Lagoon Homeowners Association
  • Bay Conservation Development Commission 
  • Bike Walk Alameda
  • Caltrans
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Community of Harbor Bay Isles
  • Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda
  • Downtown Alameda Business Association
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Greater Alameda Business Association
  • Harbor Bay Business Park
  • Marina Village Business Park
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • PG&E
  • Port of Oakland
  • Sierra Club
  • SF Bay Regional Coastal Hazard Adaptation Resiliency Group (CHARG)
  • Stopwaste
  • West Alameda Business Association

Public Works Key Documents




(The other appendices are larger printouts of the maps in the storm drain master plan, or are profiles of individual storm drains.  These are available upon request.)

(Appendices A,B,C,E and F are technical printouts and photos.  These are available upon request.)


Other Key Documents

In the 1950’s, the Utah Corporation created five connected lagoons along the southwest shoreline of Alameda, between the original coast and the new South Shore Development.

The South Shore Lagoon system brings in salt-water from the San Francisco Bay and supports diverse wildlife.

Although the lagoons are privately owned and can be used for recreational uses by the adjacent property owners and members of the Alameda West Lagoon Homeowners' Association (AWLHOA), the lagoon system is also a storm drainage retention and treatment pond for portions of Alameda Island.

The South Shore Lagoon system is divided into segments:
  • Lagoon 1: Westline to Grand
  • Lagoon 2: Grand to Willow
  • Lagoon 3: Willow to Park
  • Lagoon 4: Park to Broadway
  • Lagoon 5: Broadway to Court


Lagoon Maintenance
 The lagoons are drained once a year to allow to perform annual maintenance work. This lowering is done in the spring, although the specifics of each year’s schedule are discussed with and approved by the AWLHOA. 

The approved schedule for 2019 is as follows:
  • Saturday, May 4 start lowering lagoons
  • Monday, June 10 start refilling lagoons
If debris and plant matter are collected during this maintenance period, please place the material in sturdy garbage bags and place at curbside. Public Works provides weekly curbside pickup. 

Public Works also manages the lagoon levels, particularly during the wet season and in coordination with the tides. We also remove debris from the lagoons and respond to maintenance requests. 

Water quality of the lagoons is monitored through use of indicator bacteria.  View test results can on the AWLHOA website:

To submit a comment, question or service request on any of the lagoons within this system, please do so here.


Liam Garland
Public Works Director
Phone: (510) 747-7962

Erin Smith
Deputy Public Works Director
Phone:  (510) 747-7938

Scott Wikstrom
City Engineer
Phone:  (510) 747-7937
Key Programs:  Capital Budget Development, Land Development & Permits, Stormwater/Floodplain Management, Construction Inspection

Liz Acord
Public Works Coordinator
Phone:  (510) 747-7957
Key Programs:  Special Districts, Parking, Budget, Environmental Services

Abdulla Ahmed
Capital Improvement Project Manager
Phone:  (510) 747-7939
Key Programs:  Capital Project Delivery, Buildings, Streets and Sidewalks, Transportation and Sewer

Max Arbios
Public Works Superintendent
Phone:  (510) 747-7922

Todd Williams
Maintenance Supervisor
Phone:  (510) 747-7921
Key Programs:  Pavement, Sidewalk, Landscape, Paint, Street Signage, Street Sweeping

Pat Papalagi
Maintenance Supervisor
Phone:  (510) 747-7924
Key Programs:  Sewer Maintenance, Pump Stations, Lagoon Maintenance, Urban Runoff

Ricardo De La Torre
Maintenance Supervisor
Phone:  (510) 747-7923
Key Programs:  Facility Maintenance, Electrical - Signals, Street Lights, Doolittle Landfill, Parking Meters

Forrest Heiderick
Maintenance Fleet Supervisor
Phone:  (510) 747-7994
Key Program:  Fleet Maintenance

General Information / Customer Service
Phone:  (510) 747-7900