News Briefs

A workshop designed to help restaurants identify and make adjustments associated with the increase in the City of Alameda’s minimum wage ordinance has been set for Tuesday, May 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Changes to the required minimum wage in Alameda will go into effect Monday, July 1.

The workshop takes place at the Alameda Elks Lodge, Rathskeller Room, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Admission is free. Registration and more information is available at


To help keep Alameda’s parade the safe and fun place to be on the Fourth of July, the Alameda Fourth of July Parade Foundation is requesting volunteers to staff intersections along the route Thursday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering must complete a brief form at or email

Volunteers must respond no later than today, Thursday, May 16.


Primary caregivers for sick, disabled or elderly loved ones are invited to join the Alameda Free Library and Bay Area Caregivers Access to Resources, Education and Support (C.A.R.E.S.) for an informational evening on Tuesday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library Branch, 1550 Oak St. No registration is required and admission is free.

More information about Bay Area C.A.R.E.S can be found at or by calling (415) 706-5122.

Last fall, the City Council adopted a minimum wage ordinance to raise the local minimum wage above the state of California’s requirements. Beginning Monday, July 1, the city’s mandatory minimum wage will be $13.50 per hour, regardless the size of the business or the number of employees. Next year, on July 1, 2020, the city’s minimum wage will then increase to $15 per hour. 

Starting on July 1, 2022, (and every July 1 thereafter), the city will adjust its minmum wage using the Consumer Price Index with a cap of 5 percent per year. 

Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series honors performing arts traditions from islands around the world on the island of Alameda. Presenting four concerts with the theme “Celebrating Diversity,” Rhythmix features the music and dance of Cuba, Tahiti, Japan and Bali, with Bay Area artists Jesús Díaz, Máahealani Uchiyama and Hálau Ka Ua Tuahine, Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Maze Daiko.