Wedding bells at City Hall
Looking to get married at Alameda City Hall? Well, now you can, with an added bonus: You can ask any member of the City Council to marry you. County officials deputized the rest of the City Council to perform marriages last week (Mayor Beverly Johnson and Councilmember Marie Gilmore were already set to perform marriages). City Manager Debra Kurita and Christina Baines, executive assistant to the city manager and council, can also perform marriages, per Eve Pearlman’s blog. Since the recent California Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages, the city has received about 40 inquiries about City Hall weddings, says Vice Mayor Lena Tam – a number that impressed the county’s chief clerk-recorder, Kevin Hing. “Wow, that’s a lot,” said Hing, who said the county is now averaging 60 to 70 weddings a day, three times the number of weddings performed there before the court decision. Any couple, same or opposite sex, with a valid marriage license issued by Alameda County, picture ID and a witness can request a City Hall wedding and the marrying services of a member of the City Council. And the $50 fee certainly won’t hurt the city’s ability to make their budget balance this year. For more information or to make an appointment, call Christina Baines at 747-4701.