News Briefs

Girls Inc. Announces Scholarship Winners
Alameda High School (AHS) junior Luna Cristales recently received a $5,000 Girls Inc. national college scholarship. National scholars are outstanding young women selected for exemplifying the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. This year, the Girls Inc. national organization awarded 28 high school girls scholarships for educational expenses at any accredited college or university. Cristales is the seventh national scholar at Girls Inc. of the Island City.

Alameda homeowners will see a new fee on their property tax bill effective July 1. Last week the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board adopted a hazardous waste fee of $9.95 per year per household. 

The board said that the county would use revenue from the fee to support the countywide household hazardous waste program.

Local Minister Attends White House Dinner
Christ Episcopal Church’s Pastor Reverend Stephen McHale and his family attended that White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. on May 3. 

The McHales received their invitation to the exclusive event as a result of a very special family connection. McHale’s older brother, actor and comedian Joel McHale, was the headliner at the dinner. Joel hosts The Soup on E! TV and played Jeff Winger in the NBC comedy series Community. 

The city’s Community Development Department recently unveiled a new customer service initiative to improve the building permit process. “Alameda At Your Service” is a three-part program to help businesses secure building permits more quickly.

Depending upon the size and scope of the work, businesses receive self service — over-the-counter permits done on the spot; express service — permits approved in seven days; or full service — one-on-one assistance for complex development projects or economic development initiatives.

Effective July 1, recycling and composting will be mandatory for all businesses, institutions and multi-family homes in Alameda County, according to the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance and the Plant Debris Landfill Ordinance. 

Recyclable material includes paper products, glass bottles and jars; aluminum and metal; and plastics with recycling labels one through seven. Compostable materials, which must be placed in the green organics bin, include food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings.

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