News Briefs


A 10-minute survey has been created to assess local residents’ and businesses’ interest in increasing the minimum wage in Alameda. Currently, the minimum wage in Alameda, which coincides with state legislation, is: $11 for businesses with more than 25 employees and $10.50 for those with 25 or fewer employees. Many Bay Area cities have passed local minimum wage ordinances to more quickly reach and exceed $15 per hour. The City of Alameda is considering doing so as well.


The first-ever Alameda Mini-Maker Faire has been set for this Sunday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Makers, businesses, artists, craftspeople will showcase creations and mingle with the public. The faire will be held on Ranger Avenue between Saratoga Street and Pan Am Way, 905 West Ranger Ave. For more information, see 


The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Historical Advisory Board (HAB). Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, or at Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by next Thursday, July 12. 


Araw Ng Kalayaan or “day of freedom” commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from 400 years of Spanish colonial rule enacted on June 12, 1898, in Cavite, Philippines. Alameda marked the historic occasion at City Hall Saturday, June 9.

The U.S. Coast Guard teamed up with the Northern California Regional Paralympic Sport Program and the Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association to host the Valor Games Far West on Coast Guard Island from May 31 through June 3. 

Veterans or active-duty service members with disabilities took part in sports adapted to the athletes’ needs. Events included a biathlon, sitting volleyball, weightlifting, archery and martial arts. This marked the Valor Games’ sixth year and the fifth year the U.S. Coast Guard hosted the event on Coast Guard Island.