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City Hall has department just to streamline permitting

The Permit Center at City Hall is the central location for obtaining building, fire, planning, public works and special events permits. The friendly center staff is ready to assist residents throughout the permitting process from initial questions and preapplication meetings to inspections and final certificate of occupancy.

A consultation with the Planning Division should be the first step in the permitting process. Who would visit this permit center? Here are some examples: 

Pitch Perfect at AHS

A laugh-out-loud musical will grace the stage at Alameda High School for three more days. Pitch Perfect: The Musical is based on the 2012 musical comedy film, Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore and written by Kay Cannon. The sleeper hit grossed $115.4 million worldwide against a $17 million budget. The ensemble cast included Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Ben Platt and Rebel Wilson. The film spawned two sequels. 

Straight from India via San Jose, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) presents Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues on Saturday, March 24. Kumar’s band demonstrates that down-home Chicago and Mississippi blues and Bollywood music have a lot in common and complement each other well. The evening will be further enhanced by delicious barbecue provided by Oakland Smoke Shack starting at 7 p.m.

Marjorie and Walter Ryan recently called on the Alameda Fire Department’s Senior Safety and Accessibility program to install a grab bar and shore up a post on their back porch. The program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


The Alameda Police Department (APD) is holding its second annual Coffee with a Cop event Wednesday, March 21. 

The event will take place at Peet’s Coffee, 1365 Park St., from 8 to 10 a.m. The Coffee with a Cop event is designed to create a causal platform where residents can get to know their local law enforcement personnel and engage in conversation about their community.