News Briefs

High Street Bridge Closes for Repairs

Tie the Knot at City Hall

City Clerk Lara Weisiger invites love birds to exchange vows in the City Council Chambers on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

Interested couples should call Weisiger’s office at 747-4800, by Thursday, Feb. 5, to reserve a time; space is limited. Couples getting married will need to have a marriage license, which is issued by any county, and valid photo IDs.

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Brown reappoints Johnson

The office of Gov. Jerry Brown announced that Brown has reappointed former mayor Beverly Johnson to the office of deputy director at the Office of Administrative Law at the California Government Operations Agency. Johnson has held the position since Brown appointed her in 2012.

Johnson served as Alameda’s mayor from 2002 to 2010. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation. If confirmed, Johnson will receive an annual salary of $130,524.

Alameda Sun to help with new Alameda Spelling Bee

The Alameda Elementary Spelling Bee, a new event just getting underway has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St. (adjacent to Krusi Park).

All participants must be in the fourth, fifth or sixth grades and live in the city of Alameda.

Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, located at Alameda Marina, designs and builds remotely operated maritime vehicles. The company was recently named among the East Bay’s most innovative.

Alameda companies among the most innovative

Three Alameda companies — Abbott Diabetes Care, Deep Ocean Exploration & Research (DOER), and Natel Energy — are among 16 finalists for awards that spotlight the East Bay’s most forward-thinking companies.