This weekend marks the official beginning of the holiday season here in the Island City with the official Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting set for 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3. The event coincides with the debut of “Christmas Tree Lane” that same evening.
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Alameda resident Troy Taira, to a three-year term as a commissioner on the state Board of Parole Hearings. If approved by the state senate, he would sit as one of 12 full-time commissioners and earn $142,095, a year.