News Briefs

Chan Addresses Poverty

The City of Alameda Democratic Club will host a talk by Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan at Alameda Hospital, Conference Room A, 2070 Clinton Ave.

Chan will discuss the county’s "New War on Poverty," and cover the effect the latest recession on state and federal budgets has had on the community. The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8; it is free and open to the public.

Mastick Presents
‘Interview Drill’

See yourself in a new way. Make a New Year’s resolution to present your job skills with poise and confidence. Help for serious job seekers over 50 continues in 2014 on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays Jan. 11, 18 and 25 at Mastick Senior Center, Room D, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. Job seekers can ask to be videotaped for no charge.

Job seekers should bring three copies of their resumes and three copies of a description of the jobs they want to apply for.

This class is paced to give participants a chance to role play also as a both hiring manager and as an observer. The interview drill is held in a business-like atmosphere, so come dressed for success. The class is limited to 12 students.

The sessions provide an opportunity for job seekers to practice their interviewing skills in circumstances similar to those they will encounter in a real job interview.

Participants consistently report that the experience of the interview drill both before and during the session feels like the real thing. As one participant noted afterwards, "going into an interview with the skills I practice in the interview drill lets me make a good impression." They said that the practice and free video boosts their chances of landing a job.

To learn more about the interview drill, visit www.theinterview

Participation is open to ages 50 or older. While it is free, donations are welcome. Those interested in participating should register online or contact Mastick in person or at 747-7506, before 3 p.m. on the Friday preceding each session.

Robbers Strike Twice

Just after 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, two men, one brandishing a handgun, reportedly robbed the Cosmprof beauty supply store, 2615 Blanding Ave., Suite G, in the Bridgeside Shopping Center. According to the Alameda Police Department (APD) this marks the second time in eight days that the store has fallen prey to armed robbers. A similar robbery took place on Sunday, Dec. 22, APD reports.

When the robbers entered the store on Dec. 30 one ordered an employee to open the store’s cash register, while the other told a second employee to open the safe. The robbers fled on foot with money from the cash register and the safe. No one was injured during the robbery.

Detectives are investigating whether the two robberies are related.

Daysog to Hold
Office Hours Tonight

Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours this evening, Thursday, Jan. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Danube Coffee House, 1333 Park St. He will be available to answer questions and offer comments on city issues. He will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market the following Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Contact Daysog at 747-4726 or

Navy League Crab Feed Set

The Navy League of the United States Oakland, Alameda and Lake Merritt councils annouced their fourth annual crab feed and auction will take place Saturday, Jan. 11. The event is a major fundraiser providing support to the sea services: U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Flag Merchant Marines and the Sea Cadets.

To find out more, call 749-9175.