May 1 2017

Students should determine the direction for the rebuilding of the High School.

by Cade Becker, Piedmont High School Senior –

The Piedmont Unified School District continues to receive feedback on their various plans to rebuild the Piedmont High School (PHS) campus using part of the $66 million funds provided by Bond Measure H1. On April 18th, I attended one of the New School Facilities Advisory meetings to see where the direction of the school was headed.

Architects and engineers hired for this rebuilding process came together and produced 3 potential plans with estimated total costs. Option 1 was to tear down and rebuild the theater, and to add in a new math, science and art 3 story building in the parking lot next to the gym. Option 2 was to tear down the theater and build the new 3 story building there, and afterwards tearing down the 10s building and adding the new theater there. Option 3 took on the idea of moving the gym. It throws the idea out to tear down the gym and build the new 3 story building in its place and move the gym to where the 10s building is now.

The overall majority of the meeting participants enjoyed Option 2 the best, however there was no set agreement on any option. Option 1 and 3 would compromise the view that the student body of PHS holds so dear, but Option 2 would create a 3 story building at the face of our campus looming over the rest. Most of the questions came from parents or other community members present.

After the controversial voter denial of Measure H, a plan to rebuild the theater, my assumption that the theater would be a sore subject was correct. There seemed to be many supporters for taking down the theater, but there were still others who did not deem it necessary.

As a member of the Piedmont High School Acting class, having performed in the PHS musical all four years in my high school career, participated in many other short plays and two Acapella reviews, I understand better than most that the theater is high priority. I am a strong advocate for the creation of the new theater. It is worn down, dangerous, not wheelchair accessible and more. Buildings can only be renovated so much before they need to be taken down completely, I believe the theater has reached this point. Option 2 is the best of the three because it solves the most issues within the school and creates a face that Piedmont High School lacks.

In an interview with Donna Meir, a parent who has children in the Piedmont schools, I was able to grasp an alternative view on the subject. Intending to continue her involvement with the process, she said, “This is a great process. These options sparked a dynamic conversation between community members, and I appreciate the discussion. It was a great thing to see the community so involved.” Fortunate to be a part of the conversation, I gave my opinions to her as well as others at my table.

 I believe that the direction of the High School should largely come from the student body. The students attending the High School should be more involved in the conversation than parents, or other community members because they are directly affected. The students present at this meeting gave the best opinions and ideas for the rebuilding of the school. This process needs to be more in their hands rather than the community itself.

Editors Note: Opinions expressed are those of the author.
Mar 29 2017

How will $66 Million in School Bond money be spent? 

Announcement:

Piedmont School District will Hold Three Community Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Options for New High School Facilities –

“On November 8, 2016, the Piedmont community approved Measure H1, authorizing $66 million in school construction bonds to modernize school facilities to better support educational programs. “This measure was approved by 74% of the Piedmont voters, and the District is grateful for this remarkably strong community support for education,” said Piedmont Unified School District’s Superintendent Randall Booker. “The next step is to develop concept designs for new facilities, and the District is looking forward to working with the community in this process,” said Booker.”

“Piedmont High School is a priority because PHS buildings are the oldest in the District with the most severe physical needs, PHS serves all Piedmont students in their highest level of K-12 education, and supporting high school STEAM education is a paramount educational goal in the District. Additional classrooms at each elementary school for kindergarten education is also a priority.”

The District is holding three community town hall meetings to discuss concept designs for new high school facilities:

  •  Saturday, April 1, 9:00 – 11:00 am, PHS Student Center, 800 Magnolia Avenue

  •  Thursday, April 6, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Avenue

  •  Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PHS Student Center, 800 Magnolia Avenue

    “All are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of whether you have students in the Piedmont schools. We look forward to hearing from you,” said Superintendent Booker.

    An RSVP to Sylvia Eggert will be appreciated at https://goo.gl/forms/avbFcJGZPpu7TFiw2 so District staff will know how many people plan to attend. [This is a request rather than a requirement for attendance.  All are welcome at any of the meetings with or without an RSVP .]

    “The purpose of these town hall meetings is to provide information (about the constraints and concept designs that fit within these constraints), promote civic engagement, answer questions, and invite input. We will not be voting or making decisions at these meetings.”

During the town hall meetings the School District will ask the community to consider questions such as:

  •  What do you like/dislike about each concept design?
  •  Which of these concept designs best meet our educational goals and priorities?
  •  Do you have another concept design that fits within the constraints of the budget, site topography, etc.?
    A short video that provides an overview of three concept designs for new high school STEAM facilities can be viewed here > https://youtu.be/lOhWHostJYc  
  • More detailed information about each of the three concept designs can be viewed here >https://goo.gl/WkfFfe  
  • Additional town hall meetings will be held next year to discuss elementary school classrooms;
  • The three upcoming town hall meetings will focus specifically on concept designs for the high school.Those who can’t attend one of the three town hall meetings can go to the Measure H1 website — > www.measureh1.org — to learn about and provide comment on the concept designs.
  • Community feedback on the concept designs will also be accepted at the Piedmont School Maker Faire on April 23, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Piedmont High School.
  • “The District’s paramount goal is to provide an extraordinary education that prepares students for higher education and careers, and STEAM education is at the forefront of these efforts.  STEAM courses emphasize critical reasoning, computational thinking, and skills to articulate and defend ideas. These skills are essential for nearly every career in today’s economy and, regardless of future education and careers, these skills are essential for life in the digital age. “With voter approval of Measure H1, the District looks forward to modernizing labs and other infrastructure to support robust STEAM education, now and in the future,” said Superintendent Booker.”

    $66 M Bond funds may be used to:

  •  Construct new high school facilities to support instruction of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (“STEAM”).
  •  Renovate or replace school facilities to support student learning and upgrade antiquated mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems.
  •  Add elementary classrooms for extended-day kindergarten.
  •  Implement energy-efficiency measures to reduce operating expenses and mitigate environmental impacts.
  •  Enhance campus security across all campuses.

Comments may be sent to the School Board by going to >  http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/board-of-education/members/

 

Mar 22 2017

Student wants community to have more information on District Bond activities along with developing good programs for healthy relationships. 

When Sarah Pearson called the Piedmont School Board meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th, there were more people sitting behind the dark wooden semi-circular desk than in the audience. The School Board meets to discuss and shape the future of Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) every other Wednesday evening, unless a special meeting arises or the Wednesday falls over a school break. At this meeting, the three main items on the agenda were updates on the H1 Bond funding measure passed in June of 2016, the Healthy Relationships curriculum at the high school, and suicide prevention measures.

To begin, Max Miller, Millennium High School’s Vice President spoke on behalf of the Piedmont High and Millennium High community, updating the school board on upcoming events. From the annual Falcon fundraising dinner switching the style of catering to the upcoming plays at Piedmont High School (PHS), both campuses were bustling with spring time activities. After Miller spoke, a community member read a speech without telling the audience or school board it’s origins. When he finished the excerpt, he asked everyone if they knew where it was from. Stumping the entire room, he revealed it was written by Pericles over 2,000 years ago, noting it’s parallel to the Gettysburg Address by the 16th President Abraham Lincoln. This non sequitur speech segwayed into the Board updates from all five board members present. Recalling all the meetings they attended, each school-related meeting had anywhere from one to four school board members in attendance. Superintendent Booker talked about the search to find a new PHS principal.

Sam Williamson spoke after the updates about the memorial service for his kindergarten teacher which was held simultaneously in the Veterans Hall. He passed around a picture of himself with his teacher; she will be missed by all her students and the entire Wildwood School community.

The first item on the agenda addressed the budgeting strategy the District will take to build a new building and an update on the lengthy process to find a contractor. Chris Delong spoke on behalf of his firm that was hired by the District to look into the process of getting state funding to help construct the new science building. Delong presented his ideas, hoping to be rehired by the District to continue his work with PUSD. Having worked years in Sacramento, Delong knows first hand the tedious work it takes to tap into the seismic construction fund, and he wants to help Piedmont with that task. The Board unanimously rehired his firm after questions by School Board members Amal Smith and Andrea Swenson.

Michael Brady updated the Board on the successful search for a construction firm. The new firm has outstanding references and consistently showed they can both work with a time limit and budget. However, I think that this H1 funding measure needs more transparency. The Piedmont community deserves more updates about how their money is being spent and what exactly is being done to ensure the building of new science buildings. Whether that’s through the Piedmont Post, or an email, the District should do a better job conveying their progress.

The next item, also presented by Brady, showed the School Board PUSD is following the new laws Governor Brown passed surrounding “Yes means Yes” legislation and Healthy Relationships education. Brady touched on the contents of the law, the Healthy Kids survey to be taken in April throughout middle school and high school, and what work has already been done to address these standards. One facet of the survey that was brought up by both Smith and City Council member Jen Cavanaugh was the decision not to question middle schoolers about their sexual activity. Brady and Booker believed that more thought needed to be put into these questions before throwing them on the survey.

City Council member Cavenaugh took time to speak with me after the meeting about the importance of healthy relationships. She expressed, “I am passionate about creating a community that values healthy relationships.” After the District sent an email out that afternoon reflecting much of what Brady said at the meeting, Cavenaugh sent an email to School Board members that very evening, then brought her notes to the meeting and spoke about the importance of starting the discussion about healthy relationships at a young age. Cavenaugh will continue to work within the Healthy Relationships Committee to ensure Piedmont plays it’s part in educating its students.

I spoke out at this meeting about weaving the healthy relationships discussion into our English classrooms through a diversification of the curriculum.

The next school board meeting will be on March 22nd at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is open to the public.

by Danny De Bare, Piedmont High School Senior

Editors Note:  Opinions expressed are those of the author.
Mar 19 2017

According to former Mayor Alice Creason, the “revision” of Chapter 17 of the City Code includes zoning language and intent contrary to the 1980 voter approved Piedmont City Charter requiring changes of use/classifications and zone sizes to be approved by Piedmont voters. Voter approval for proposed zoning changes is not being sought by the City Council.

On March 17, 2017 Creason submitted a notarized declaration to the City Council and others showing the correct interpretation of the City Charter, as approved by voters.  See detailed explanation below.

Creason a former Piedmont mayor (1982-84), Planning Commissioner (1976-78), liaison to the Planning Commission, participant in the development of the revised City Charter (1977 – 1980), and Council member (1978 -1986) states that the City is not adhering to the intent and actual language of the City Charter which requires Piedmont voter approval for specific zoning changes. The City Council has been or desires to change uses within Zone B (public) and Zone D (commercial) without Piedmont voter approval.

In a cover letter to the Council, Creason states that the City Council can:

  1.  Submit the proposed zoning changes to Piedmont voters for approval OR
  2.  Revise the City Charter to allow the Council to make the desired changes without voter approval.

The Creason cover letter to the City Council can be read by clicking > img023 .

The Creason Declaration explaining the City Charter intent and required voter approval can be read by clickingimg025.

The opposite interpretation by Piedmont’s new contract attorney can be read by clicking > img026 .

Actual zoning language in the City Charter below:

ARTICLE IX. General Provisions

SECTION 9.01 GENERAL PLAN The City Council shall adopt, and may from time to time, modify a general plan setting forth policies to govern the development of the City. Such plan may cover the entire City and all of its functions and services or may consist of a combination of plans governing specific functions and services or specific geographic areas which together cover the entire City and all of its functions and services. The plan shall also serve as a guide to Council action concerning such City planning matters as land use, development regulations and capital improvements.

SECTION 9.02 ZONING SYSTEM The City of Piedmont is primarily a residential city, and the City Council shall have power to establish a zoning system within the City as may in its judgement be most beneficial. The Council may classify and reclassify the zones established, but no existing zones shall be reduced or enlarged with respect to size or area, and no zones shall be reclassified without submitting the question to a vote at a general or special election. No zone shall be reduced or enlarged and no zones reclassified unless a majority of the voters voting upon the same shall vote in favor thereof; provided that any property which is zoned for uses other than or in addition to a singlefamily dwelling may be voluntarily rezoned by the owners thereof filing a written document executed by all of the owners thereof under penalty of perjury stating that the only use on such property shall be a single-family dwelling, and such rezoning shall not require a vote of the electors as set forth above.

 Read the > City Charter 

Jan 8 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. in the Police Department Emergency Operations Center is the first Study Session.

Concerns:

  • Lack of usable/comprehensible public information and citizen input
  • Eliminating requirements for construction on public property
  • Changing land uses without voter approval per the City Charter
  • Charging the Planning staff with approvals for projects under $125,000 rather than the Planning Commission
  • Allowing construction up to a property line
  • Reducing the number and size of parking places required
  • Leaving the Appeal process uncorrected
  • Handling of short term rentals
  • Neighborhood and emergency concerns over density and commercial increases next to homes, schools, and public property

No broadcast or recording of the Council meeting will be available.

The Council is to be educated on proposed zoning changes on January 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Police Department Emergency Operations Center.  This room has no equipment to visually memorialize or broadcast the proceedings.   Meetings regarding the City budget are typically held in the room, also without public broadcasting. 

The meeting is open to the public.  How the public can participate in the discussions, navigate the proposals, or query the presentation by Planning Director Kevin Jackson is unannounced.  

The volume and organization of the content is not listed under staff reports on the City website. The proposed changes are unclear relative to existing law.  Some members of the public have asked that specific items be identified and publicized so the public can come and speak to items as they arise.  No public workshops, surveys or study sessions have been organized. 

The factor most often mentioned regarding the Chapter 17 changes has been lack of public involvement in the Planning Commission recommendations, which were not unanimously approved by the Planning Commission. Surveys for recreation facilities and waste management have been widely publicized unlike the impactful changes to Chapter 17.  What the City, you, your neighbors, developers, can do with public and private property in Piedmont fall under Chapter 17.   The proposed changes generally originate from the staff. 

A few Piedmonters, the City, and developers have pushed to further densify the City, change zoning, and remove restrictions on use of public property.  A few knowledgeable Piedmonters have voiced objections to rezoning and changing land use without a public vote, allowing fewer and smaller parking spaces, encouraging buildings next to property lines, and removing approval processes from public consideration.  Voices expressing the preference to uphold Piedmont’s small town feeling appear to have been negated.  Appeal processes, Planning staff decision increases, commercial development intensity next to emergency facilities, homes and schools, involvement of the residents on a broad base have been issues.

Read City documents on the proposed changes here.

_____________________________

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Study Session, 7:30 p.m.,Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Study Session, 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017

Regular Meeting, Monday, March 6, 2017

At Study Sessions on January 11th and 23rd, 2017 the City Council will begin the process of considering a recommendation from the Planning Commission regarding updates to the Planning and Zoning Provisions of the City Code, the City’s Design Guidelines, and Policies and Procedures related to Planning matters in early 2017. No action will be taken at the study sessions.

Study Sessions:

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, EOC, 403 Highland Avenue – [This location typically precludes broadcast of the session.]

6:30 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017, City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue – [There has been no announcement regarding broadcast of the session.]

Following the study sessions, the Council is tentatively scheduled to take the first step in considering the recommendation for adoption at its regular meeting of March 6, 2017.

Regular Meeting: 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue

Background

The City of Piedmont General Plan, adopted in 2009, and the 2011 and 2014 updates to its Housing Element include actions and programs that mandate revisions to Chapter 17 of the City Code, otherwise known as the Zoning Code. Additional revisions to consider are voluntary but equally important to improving and streamlining planning services in the city. Beginning in 2012, the Planning Commission and City Council held a series of meetings resulting in the adoption of planned revisions in 2012 and 2013. In addition, in 2014 and 2015, the Planning Commission and City Council separately discussed regulations of short term rentals.

Current Effort and Planning Commission Recommendation

The larger goal mandated by the General plan is a comprehensive update of the zoning code. In 2016, in a concerted effort to achieve this goal, the Planning Commission has held and completed discussions about a variety of topics related to potential revisions during five regularly scheduled meetings and two special meetings. At a subsequent special meeting held on November 10, 2016, the Planning Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recommending that the City Council adopt a revised Chapter 17,

Planning and Land Use, adopt an Interim Design Guidelines, and repeal policies incorporated into the Code or Guidelines.

Documents on the City Website

The staff report to Council dated March 6, 2017 and other documents related to this project are available on the City’s website at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us. The webpage also contains links to previous staff reports, meeting minutes, the General Plan, the current Zoning Code (Chapter 17) and the Zoning Map.

Public Engagement

The opportunity for public input is available throughout this process. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the study sessions and regular meetings at which the City Council will consider this item. Questions about the project and requests to receive email notification of activities related to Zoning Code revisions should be directed to Planning Director Kevin Jackson at kjackson@ci.piedmont.ca.us or (510) 420-3039.

Written comments to the City Council on this matter may be submitted to citycouncil@ci.piedmont.ca.us or 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.

As noted in previous email notices, the City Council will be considering the Planning Commission’s recommended revisions to Chapter 17 of the Piedmont City Code, which contains land-use and planning regulations, including regulations of short term rentals. The Planning Commission also recommended adoption of an Interim Design Guidelines. Prior to its consideration of the revisions for adoption, the City Council will hold two study sessions regarding the matter. The meeting dates are as follows

  • Study Session: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 7:30 p.m., EOC, 403 Highland Avenue
  • Study Session: Monday, January 23, 2017 – 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue
  • Regular Meeting: Monday, March 6, 2017 – 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the study sessions and the regular meeting. Written comments may be submitted to the Council via email at citycouncil@ci.piedmont.ca.us or via US Mail addressed to City Clerk John Tulloch at 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.

Please visit the City’s Webpage dedicated to the proposed revisions to Chapter 17 and Interim Design Guidelines for more information, including the report to Council and my recommendation on how to navigate the report.

Sincerely,

Kevin Jackson, AICP, Planning Director, City of Piedmont, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

Tel: (510) 420-3039  Fax: (510) 658-3167

Dec 19 2016

Volunteers needed for two committees to oversee H1 School Bond expenditures. 

H1 Citizen’s Oversight Committee

[Members to be chosen by the Board of Education]

The Piedmont Unified School District is soliciting applications for the H1 Facilities Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC).

Measure H1 was passed under the rules of Proposition 39, which directs that the Board of Trustees appoint an independent Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) to monitor bond expenditures. As provided in Education Code Section 15278, the role for the COC is to provide oversight of the District’s use of Measure H1 Bond proceeds and report to the Board and public on their findings.  Specifically, the COC will ensure that all funds are used in support of the projects included in the bond measure and not for unspecified projects or general operating expenses.

The 12-member COC is comprised of individuals from local businesses, senior citizen organizations, organizations involved with schools, a tax payers’ organization, legal, technical, and financial advisors, as well as involved parents of children residing in the Piedmont Unified School District. The COC will meet quarterly at a minimum. Members must be able to serve up to a two-year term.

The COC will also review the annual independent audits that are required of general obligation bond funds, make physical inspections of bond program projects during construction, review related District documents to gather information for the preparation of reports to the community, and report to the Board of Education annually on the activities of the committee.

Application Process:

A Citizen’s Oversight Committee (COC) application may be submitted for consideration using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/9uTQnDWST465THCE2

The President and Vice President of the PUSD Board of Education will select participants from the pool of applicants.

Applications are due by January 18, 2017.

The application process and selection timeline will be announced at the December 8th Budget Advisory Committee Meeting, the December 14th and January 11th Board of Education meetings, and the school bulletins. It will also be posted on the District Website.

The first COC meeting will occur in early February of 2017.

If the public has any questions, please contact Randall Booker, Superintendent at 510.594.2614 or rbooker@piedmont.k12.ca.us

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H1 Facilities Steering Committee

[This second committee will be chosen by the Superintendent and Director of Facilities. ]

The Piedmont Unified School District is soliciting applications for the H1 Facilities Steering Committee.

Piedmont Unified’s Facilities Steering Committee is an advisory group made up of community members with professional experience and expertise relevant to the District’s capital projects. The Committee provides advice and guidance to the Superintendent in the planning, management, and oversight of these projects.

The District relied on the Committee to oversee both the Seismic Safety Bond Program and the Modernization Program. Members of the Committee helped guide these programs to successful completion — both programs were completed on time and on budget, with high levels of community satisfaction in the completed projects.

During the Spring of 2016, the Committee studied Piedmont Unified’s Facilities Master Plan, discussed how to accomplish the most pressing educational goals identified in the Plan, and considered how to get the most value for the investment. The Committee helped identify conceptual designs, scrutinized cost estimates, and its recommendations are reflected in what ultimately became the H1 bond measure.

Members of the Facilities Steering Committee are selected by the Superintendent and Director of Facilities based on their professional background and experience. There are currently 13 members (including 2 Board Members, 5 staff members, and 6 community members). The District is looking for 4-8 additional community members with a background in construction, architecture, design, real-estate and/or construction law, and/or experience in the STEAM fields. Members serve as volunteers under the direction of the Superintendent.

In general, the Committee meets bi-monthly (during the school day) during planning and construction of projects, and otherwise as needed. Applicants are asked to commit to a two-year term to ensure continuity.

Application Process:

The application process and selection timeline will be announced at the December 14th and January 11th Board of Education meetings, and the school bulletins. It will also be posted on the District Website.

A Facilities Steering Committee application may be submitted for consideration using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/dyiUHPQAu3cdm6Zu2

The first Facilities Steering Committee meeting will occur in late January of 2017.

If the public has any questions, please contact Randall Booker, Superintendent at 510.594.2614 or rbooker@piedmont.k12.ca.us

Randall Booker
Superintendent
Piedmont Unified School District
           760 Magnolia Avenue
           Piedmont, CA 94611
510.594.2614 office
              www.piedmont.k12.ca.us
               www.twitter.com/piedmontunified
Dec 19 2016

On November 8, 2016, the voters approved Measure H1, authorizing the District to sell up to $66 million in school construction bonds.  The District will use bond funds to modernize and improve school facilities to better support our education programs.  We are extremely grateful for community support for these vital improvements, and we’re looking forward to getting started.

As part of the H1 Bond planning, we are developing two committees to assist in this work:  H1 Facilities Steering Committee and the H1 Citizen’s Oversight Committee.  While we are posting this information on the PUSD Website and the Piedmont Portal, as well as emailing all families in the District, I wanted to make sure that you had this information (see below) about how community members could submit an application.

Lastly, I want to direct you to the Board packet from December 14, 2016.  Under item VIII.A. H1 Facilities Bond – Next Steps, the District provided the Board with a timeline for work related to the H1 Bond, including how the public can submit an application to either the H1 Citizen’s Oversight Committee or the H1 Facilities Steering Committee.  I’ve provided the link below for the corresponding memo to the Board regarding H1 Facilities Bond – Next Steps.

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting/Attachments/DisplayAttachment.aspx?AttachmentID=510549&IsArchive=0

By clicking on this link, it will ask you to download a pdf file.  This file is the memo to the Board.  You can also access this memo by visiting the Board Agenda page at:

https://agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=1241&MeetingID=39841&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

Please let me know if you have any questions.
 Sincerely,
Randall Booker, Superintendent Piedmont Unified School District
Dec 4 2016

Several people have asked when “It’s Official” so please know that you’re all welcome to attend Piedmont’s City Council Installation Ceremony on December 5th, 6:30 p.m., at Piedmont’s Community Hall (reception to follow).

 RSVP’s requested to Lisa Argue at  largue@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

As I shared throughout the campaign, I really do value your input and ideas and I want to hear from you. I will be shutting down my campaign website and this email account soon, but starting Dec. 6th, you can email me at jcavenaugh@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

You can also engage with the whole council at any time. City Council meetings occur generally on the first and third Monday of each month. You are always welcome to attend a council meeting and share your ideas on any issue you care about. The time allowed for that is the Public Forum and it takes place during the first 10 minutes of every meeting. You can also tune into council and commission meetings on the city’s cable channel KCOM or download video or audio of city meetings from the city’s website.

With deep gratitude,

Jen Cavenaugh

Jen4Piedmont
http://www.jen4piedmont.com/

Editors Note: PCA does not support or oppose specific candidates for public office.
Dec 4 2016

The newly elected members to the Piedmont Unified School District Governing Board will be officially sworn into office during a Special Board Meeting on:

December 7, 2016 in the District Office Board Room, located at 760 Magnolia Avenue, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited to join in the activities. 

On November 8, 2016, the Citizens of Piedmont elected:

Sarah Pearson, incumbent

Andrea Swenson, incumbent

Cory Smegal, new member

Nov 30 2016

A swearing in ceremony for the newly elected Council members and the election of a mayor and vice mayor will take place in the Piedmont Community Center, located in the Main Park on – 

Monday, December 5, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Agenda

 Certified election results here. 

A reception will follow the “reorganization” of the Council and the election of the Mayor and Vice Mayor.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the activities. 

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After a very active election period with four Piedmonters running for the two open seats on the five member Piedmont City Council, Jen Cavenaugh and Bob McBain were chosen to serve 4 year terms on the City Council.  Cavenaugh, a first time candidate, won 42% of the votes, while incumbent and Vice Mayor McBain won 30%.  Appointed incumbent Jonathan Levine received 26% of the votes.  N. “Sunny” Bostrom-Fleming received 2% of the votes. See results below.

Campaign finance reports indicate that Cavenaugh significantly exceeded the amount of campaign money raised by her opponents. Read the East Bay Times article on candidate campaign finance reports here.

Below are the election results.

# of Votes                         % of Total
 Jen Cavenaugh

 

4627 42.43%
Bob McBain

 

3236 29.67%
 Jonathan Levine

 

2818 25.84%
N. ”Sunny” Bostrom-Fleming

 

198 1.82%
Write-in

 

26 0.24%