News Briefs

Last fall, the City Council adopted a minimum wage ordinance to raise the local minimum wage above the state of California’s requirements. Beginning Monday, July 1, the city’s mandatory minimum wage will be $13.50 per hour, regardless the size of the business or the number of employees. Next year, on July 1, 2020, the city’s minimum wage will then increase to $15 per hour. 

Starting on July 1, 2022, (and every July 1 thereafter), the city will adjust its minmum wage using the Consumer Price Index with a cap of 5 percent per year. 

Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series honors performing arts traditions from islands around the world on the island of Alameda. Presenting four concerts with the theme “Celebrating Diversity,” Rhythmix features the music and dance of Cuba, Tahiti, Japan and Bali, with Bay Area artists Jesús Díaz, Máahealani Uchiyama and Hálau Ka Ua Tuahine, Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Maze Daiko.

 

Workers in West Alameda found a device they feared could explode and contacted the Alameda Police Department (APD). Erring on the on the side of caution, APD notified the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s (ACSO) bomb squad and closed Hibbard Street and Buena Vista Avenue between Grand and Paru streets. 

At 1:56 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office tweeted that it had determined the device was not an explosive or a threat to public safety. The bomb squad collected the item and APD reopened the streets to traffic. 

 

The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. Alameda residents may call Maria Young at 337-2133 to qualify for the program.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 29, the Alameda Elks Lodge will host a fundraising concert for the Elks’ charitable programs. The Hard Rack Cafe Charity Music Series presents the Music City Legends at 8 p.m. The group will take a walk through music history, paying tribute to the Blues, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones.

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