News Briefs

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

Adopt a pet this weekend

Book sale at O’Club 

Friends of the Alameda Free Library will hold its annual book sale from Friday, May 16, to Sunday May 18, at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club at Alameda Point, 641 Redline Ave. This is a change from the original date of May 2 to May 4. 

An early bird preview sale will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 16; admission is $5, admission for Friends of the Library members is free. Admission is free to all both Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m.