News Briefs

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.

AC Transit fees changing
AC Transit will be changing up their fare options starting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Riders will be able to choose the option of a Day Pass, which provides the rider with unlimited travel on any regular line for $5. 

Daysog holds meetings

City Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this evening, Thursday, May 29,  at the Blue Danube Coffee House, 333 Park St. He’s available to answer questions and entertain comments on city issues.  

He will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market the following Saturday, May 31, from 9:30 to 11:00 am. 

Call him at 747-4726 or email him at

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