News Briefs

A Buddhist response to climate change

A day of meditation on the subject of climate change, Stable Heart – Stable Climate, will be held this Saturday, June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda.

The monastic daylong meditation with a pair of Theravadan Buddhist nuns: Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Santussika, will use Buddhism’s core teachings to bring forth "the inner strength and resilience to wisely respond to the most important issue of our times."

The event aims to connect to the true purpose of people’s lives and to one another, and to rise together to a higher level of understanding, stability and action.

Since the beginning of Buddhism over 2500 years ago, Buddhist nuns and monks have depended on almsfood. In this spirit, you are invited to bring a vegetarian dish to offer and share with the nuns and others in attendance for the meal at noon. Visit for dietary restrictions.

Buena Vista United Methodist Church is located at 2311 Buena Vista Ave.

For more information, visit

Councilman to hold off-site office hours

On Thursday, June, 25, Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Blue Danube Coffee House at 1333 Park St. He will be available to answer questions and/or offer comments on city issues.

He will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market the following Saturday, June 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. near the intersection of Webster Street and Haight Avenue.

Contact Daysog at 747-4726 or

Electric rates jump July 1

According to a recent press release from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), beginning July 1, new electric rates will go into effect for most residential and commercial customers in the city of Alameda. The rate increase averages 4.6 percent for all residential and commercial customers, but the percentage of the increase will vary depending on the customer’s rate class. 

Nearly all residential customers will see a $2.25 increase to the customer charge with small changes to the energy charges for tiers 2 and 3. Small commercial customers will see an increase of 6.4 percent to the overall electric rate while medium-sized commercial customers will see an increase of 3 percent. Large commercial customers will see an increase of 6.2 percent.

AMP continues to offer residential rates that average nearly 22 percent lower than neighboring cities like San Leandro and Berkeley and commercial rates that average nearly 18 percent lower. AMP also provides electricity that is generally far more reliable than that of its neighboring communities.

AMP says that the changes are needed to keep pace with the rising costs of providing high quality, reliable electricity including increases in operating and transmission costs.

AMP offers a number of energy efficiency programs and rebates to help customers save money and conserve energy. Additionally, customers who are having trouble paying their utility bills can get help through a variety of financial assistance programs offered by AMP.

For more information about AMP’s rates or to learn more about how to reduce energy costs, visit

BART transbay to close in August, September

BART recently announced it will suspend all transbay train service for five days in the months ahead. No trains will run through the Transbay Tube on the weekends of Aug. 1 and 2, and Sept. 5, 6 and 7, in order to perform critical track maintenance. The dates were chosen due to the low number of expected riders on those days.

A substantial "bus bridge" is planned for passengers travelling between Oakland and San Francisco during both weekends.

The remainder of the BART system will operate under a modified schedule and service plan that will maintain the normal weekend service whenever possible.

An Alamedan Goes to Hollywood

Born and raised not too far from Franklin Park, Alameda’s own Marielle Heller has made her mark on the silver screen. She graduated from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and UCLA where she studied theater. Heller also studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and went on to a career as an actress on stage and in movies.

Her most recent accomplishment is The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a full-length feature film that she wrote and directed. The film is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and will have its theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 7.

The film was shot entirely in San Francisco and Alameda. A backyard on St. Charles Street and a classroom in Lincoln Middle School served as settings.

Though produced on a shoestring budget, Heller’s film has garnered amazing recognition from the Sundance (multiple awards), Berlin (Grand Prix) and several other film festivals.

Since Diary, Heller has been picked to direct an episode of Amazon Prime’s acclaimed series Transparent and has just been selected to direct a major motion picture about Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg starring Natalie Portman.

Dine and donate for new local radio station

A new effort to deliver Alameda news, Alameda Community Radio (ACR), has received its broadcasting license from the Federal Communications Commission and is raising funds to go on the air. A Dine and Donate event at McGees Bar and Grill, located at 1645 Park St., Monday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. will help raise funds for the radio station.

Diners may present a coupon, available for download on the ACR website, http://alamedacommunity, for which McGees will donate 10 percent of all food and beverage sales from lunch, dinner and take out to ACR.