Apr 21 2018

Lighting, Safety Improvements, Beautification …..

The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Committee will be meeting in the City Hall Conference Room, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The CIP Committee makes recommendations to the City Council on expenditures of the capital budget for construction, repair or rehabilitation of city facilities. At its March meeting, the Committee reviewed wish lists and resident proposals.

The meeting will not be broadcast, however interested individuals are welcome to attend the meeting and participate. 

Agenda includes:

1. Review of Preliminary CIP Wish Lists, Resident Proposals, and Criteria for Evaluating Proposed Projects
2. Presentation of Resident Proposals

 READ   Citizen Proposals 2018

READ 2018 Proposal spread sheet DRAFT

Prior potential City projects remain on the consideration list: 

  1.  Aquatic Center
  2.  Coaches Field
  3.  Linda Beach Master Plan 
  4.  Recreation Center and Veterans Building

For additional information contact:

Nancy Kent

      Parks & Project Manager

     (510) 420-3064

> or <NKent@piedmont.ca.gov>

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Apr 21 2018

Republic Services has announced their continuing program of a one month discount (no charge) in exchange for year-in-advance payment. 

The prepaid service runs from July 1 through June 30 of each year.   Advance pay sign-ups after July 31 will be prorated accordingly.

  If you have questions regarding this program, contact:

Republic Services Customer Service at:

1 – 800 – 320-8077 or email piedmont@repsrv.com

Contact numbers can also be found on residents’ service statements.

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Piedmont’s Disability Exemption Program, unlike the prepaid service discount, is administered by the City of Piedmont Planning Department rather than Republic Services. 

For the July 1, 2018 new service start, Piedmonters unable to move their cans to the curb may receive on-site pick up at the reduced rate, IF they submit a timely application to the City and are approved.  Fees are not retroactive.

 The City application form can be found by clicking below:

 >Exemption from Curbside Placement Application

The initial launch of the disability exemption service is July 1, 2018 and customers who have been approved by the City for the exemption prior to this date will enjoy the benefit starting on this date.

Residents may apply for the the disability exemption with the City at any time, however any approved reduced rates will not be retroactive. 

The City will process the applications upon receipt and notify the contractor promptly once the application has been approved. The franchise agreement states that, “the contractor shall provide on-premise service on the next scheduled collection day, provided that the city has approved requested on-premises service and informed contractor in writing within 2 work days of the collection day.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to not delay in submitting their applications to receive the full year fee reduction.

The City Council at their meeting on April 16, 2018 approved a small revision in the policy governing disability exemptions. The proposed policy can be read HERE. 

For additional information or questions, contact the Piedmont Planning Department at 420-3050. 

Apr 20 2018

On Friday, April 20, 2018, at 9:05 p.m. a mountain lion was sighted crossing Moraga Avenue going from south to north across from Blair Park. The lion appeared to be a large male.  Mountain lions are typically nocturnal.

“Mountain lions are solitary animals. They are very territorial and actively avoid other cats except during courtship. Their ranges can vary in size from 10 square miles to around 370 square miles; females tend to have smaller ranges than males.”

 A report was made to the Piedmont Police Department.  

Apr 20 2018

League of Women Voters of Piedmont
 Speaker Series
Surveillance, Public Safety, Privacy, and Civil Rights
with Catherine Crump

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sunday, April 29, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Piedmont Community Hall
711 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

Catherine Crump is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the
Samuelson Law, Technology; Public Policy Clinic at U.C. Berkeley Law School.
She will speak about surveillance, public safety, privacy and civil rights. A former
staff attorney for the ACLU, Professor Crump has focused her career on free
speech, privacy and the impact of modern technology on the law.

This event is open to the public.

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Apr 20 2018

On Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, the Piedmont School Board held their bi-weekly meeting. The meeting started at 7:06 p.m. at City Hall and concluded around 7:40 p.m., making it one of the shortest meetings in a while. The main reason for this was because there was nothing on the agenda to discuss. The real purpose of the meeting was to take questions from a few students, the Parents Club, and questions pertaining to changing the location of the fire alarm in preparation for the new building that will be built at Piedmont High School.

The first question was from a member of the Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) and the Parents Club about the cost of Chromebooks for the Middle School and High School because of the lack of donations from 6th grade parents this year. She urged people to keep Chromebooks up to date by donating money. She also urged people to contribute to the Piedmont Spring Fling at piedmontspringfling.org .

Next, a representative from MHS updated the board on what is happening on campus such as Senior Prom, athletic events, and a dance show field trip to Alvin Ailey at UC Berkeley.

The first student to comment in the meeting was Maggie Lucas, a PHS Senior. She asked the School Board to consider investing in an “extracurricular PE class,” because PHS requires one year of freshman PE as well as another year of PE or sport. This causes many students to sacrifice academic periods. Additionally, all of the extracurricular sports are very competitive and do not guarantee spots because many athletes get cut from the teams.

Next, Drew Lali, another senior argued that the School Board should reconsider taking away the two days that are part of Winter Break for next year’s schedule changes.

I was the last PHS Senior to comment. I asked the School Board to consider investing in online textbooks for PHS or alternative online material content for classes. I asked this because for students who travel between two homes on a regular basis (like myself), it can often be a burden to have to carry heavy textbooks back and forth. Additionally, the online content is more up to date than much of the content that are in the textbooks, and is continuously being updated. Although most classes now have online textbooks, I always have two or three classes each year that still use hardcover textbooks.

Michael Braidy explained how the fire control on the 10s building at Piedmont High needs to be moved to the 30s building in preparation for the construction of the new building that is expected to start early March of next year. However, Braidy did clarify that the schedule for construction is still very flexible.

When the meeting concluded, I spoke to Doug Ireland about the meeting. He is a member of the School Board and is there for the bi-weekly meetings. He explained that he learned that the School Board should reevaluate the costs of Chromebooks based on the comments made by the Parents Club earlier in the meeting. He also noted that the Board will be going forward with looking at the costs and installation of fire alarms at Piedmont High. Last, Ireland was happy about how short the meeting ended up being.

bySaatvik Dube, Piedmont High School Senior

 

Relocation of Fire Alarm and School Spending

    On April 11th, 2018, at the Piedmont City Council Chambers, there was a biweekly school board meeting. The members of the school board attended, with the addition of one student from ASB for Millennium High School. Also, Students, both in High and Middle school, attended the meeting for school related assignments.

    The School Board meeting addressed the topics of school spending and relocation of the Fire Alarm system to the 30’s building at Piedmont High School. Also, a student at Piedmont High School addressed the graduation requirement for Physical Education.

First, the spending amount schools get is allocated from the Government of California, and in addition the Parents from Piedmont can donate money to foundations created by Piedmont Parents to help the Schools.  A low percentage, 35 %, of 6th Grade Piedmont Parents donated money for Piedmont Middle School.  Almost half, 45%, of 9th Grade Piedmont Parents donated money for Piedmont High School. The money parents donated can help the subjects in School.  For example, I know families that donate to Paints, an organization that helps promote Art classes in the Piedmont Unified School District.  I think all parents that are apart of any school district should donate to provide as much help as they can from these organizations.

The Second issue addressed was the relocation of the Fire Alarm system to the 30’s building. The 10’s building is going to be taken down as well as the Theater to update the buildings and make them earthquake safe and much nicer than their current status.  The school is moving the fire alarm system to the permanent spot in the 30’s building before the 10’s building is being torn down.  Sarah Pearson,  School Board President, asked the question, “Will the theater be able to put on plays and shows for the students and Parents?”  The person said that people will be able to see plays before March because the Theater will be shut down early March of next year.

After the meeting, I interviewed Sarah Pearson about the meeting. She told me, “It was the shortest meeting [she] could remember in [her] five and a half years on the school board.” When I asked why this was the shortest meeting, she replied, “that there is going to be a special meeting on Monday to go over in depth the policy.” The School Board meeting was short but packed with information about the following topics above. What will be the resulting outcome of the new theater and 10’s building over the years?

by Drew Lalli, Piedmont High School Senior

Editors Note: Opinions expressed are those of the authors.
Apr 20 2018

League of Women Voters of Piedmont

     Annual Meeting Featuring Guest Speaker

Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of

How Our Government Segregated America

Friday, May 11, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Piedmont Veterans Memorial Building

401 Highland Ave, Piedmont

Richard Rothstein is guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Piedmont Annual Meeting on May 11, 2018.  Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California Berkeley.

Rothstein’s latest book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America debunks the myths that surround racial segregation in America’s cities. The book documents the evidence that our government not merely ignored discriminatory practices in the residential sphere, but promoted them. The impact has been devastating for generations of African-Americans who were denied the right to live where they wanted to live and school their children where they could flourish most successfully. The Color of Law is a Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Best Books of 2017 and has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and in The New York Times.

The speaker & lunch is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  To reserve your spot, visit LWVPiedmont.org (credit card, debit card & Pay Pal accepted,) or send a check payable to LWVP to Ward Lindenmayer, 40 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA  94611.

There is no fee for the speaker portion of the program.  Lunch follows the speaker at 12:00pm.   Please reserve your spot by May 4, 2018.

Apr 20 2018

The School Board meets every other week, but this meeting was different than the others. At some meetings there are lots of topics to cover and even contencios voting. Well other meetings, like this one, include the call of a Kakapo. However, on March 28th at 7 p.m. the School Board had very little to discuss and almost no voting. There were not a lot of decisions to make, because of this, the School Board spent the majority of the time focusing on events that were coming up or were currently going on within the high school.

The meeting began with Heather Frank, Executive Director of Piedmont Educational Foundation (PEF), updating the board on the Spring Fling. Every year PEF plans a Spring Fling with a different theme; this year’s is New Orleans themed. They hope to raise $400,000 and the biggest auction item is a trip to go on an African safari.

Following Heathers presentation Anna Goldberg, ASB Co-President of Piedmont High School, updated the board and listeners about what was going on in the high schoolers’ lives. She told them most seniors would be finished hearing from colleges within the next two weeks. Then she discussed how popular the Acapella Revue was. This topic was very exciting to the board and they started to discuss Mr. Joe Piazza, Acapella Teacher, and how he continues to amaze the town year after year.

Before the meeting started, I interviewed Heather and was surprised to find out that she comes to every meeting they have. This is because she frequently needs to update the School Board about what is happening at the Educational Foundation. Heather is not only in charge of spring fling, but all fundraisers for the schools in the District. She appreciates hearing from the students when they attend meetings and likes to hear the concerns they have. She shared that the meetings are typically small but if there is a community concern they can become very full.

Andreas Bjork and Nathan Horst were the first students to speak to the board. They chose to discuss the mountain biking team and its development. In the future, they are hoping to have their team recognized as an official Piedmont High School interscholastic team rather than a club, with the end goal being participants receiving PE credit. To my surprise, the board shared they were unable to respond to them on the topic of the mountain biking club because this was not on the original agenda, but expressed appreciation for the students’ input. Arguably, the highlight of the meeting came when Board President, Sarah Pearson, asked Andreas to perform his first prize winning bird call: the Kakapo. Andres thrilled the board by doing not just one call by this bird… but two calls, they were ecstatic.

Eva Hunter, PHS senior, next discussed her frustration with the inconsistency of athletic directors as well as the need for more female leadership in PHS sports. She noted that the vast majority of coaches, trainers and administrators are men. There has never been a female athletic director, and there is a perceived emphasis on men’s sports over women’s sports.

Immediately after Eva spoke, two students came to the podium one by one and spoke about their response to the Let’s Talk Assembly which took place earlier the week. The program had two parts; an assembly and one of the three sessions. Ms. Taylor was in charge of the assembly and was led by students in the acting class. One of the students who spoke at the meeting was in the assembly and felt that lots of students were impacted by the program. People had openly said having the assembly made it easier to talk about events they were struggling with in their lives without having to talk about it directly. The assembly included stories from actual students, similar to the date rape assembly which was held earlier in the year. The second student was in charge of facilitating one of the sessions. In her session they had sentences such as “ someone I really respect at this school is ____ or people think I am ___ but I feel I am ____” it seemed to help students openly discuss issues at the school.

The last speaker of the meeting was Michael Brady, Student Support Service at Piedmont Adult School, discussed the requirement for the school.  They have “issued over 300 diplomas since 2006, they have served over 1,300 people on independent study”. The Adult School also recognized it takes some students longer than others to accomplish graduation requirements. There have been a wide range of people who have attended the school, including the homeless, and incarcerated youth. Most of the students they serve are between 18-30 and 99% of them are from outside of Piedmont.

Attending a SchoolBoard meeting was fascinating to me because I better understood what goes on behind the scenes with the schools and what information is being relied to the board and see how many pieces of the puzzle are occurring without any knowledge from the students. It was very nice to see the effort the staff from PEF, the Adult School, Board members, and students put into making sure the high school is as enjoyable as it can be.

by Maya Marcus, Piedmont High School Senior

Editors Note: Opinions expressed are those of the author. 
Apr 20 2018

Volunteer helped to establish the Education Foundation’s Piedmont Portal providing news and contacts regarding community and schools activities.

Holly Hanke, a long-time volunteer in the schools and community who stands out for the remarkable breadth and depth of her service, will be honored with this year’s Arthur Hecht award. The award is presented each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community and to Piedmont’s youth through volunteer service over a period of many years. The Board of Education will present the award at its meeting on May 9th.

Art Hecht was well known as a volunteer dedicated to serving students in Piedmont and Oakland. He was a member of Piedmont’s Board of Education from 1970 to 1982, and instrumental in developing Millennium High School, Piedmont’s alternative high school. Established in 1998, the Arthur Hecht Award honors both Hecht’s memory and extraordinary individuals who continue his legacy of service.

The clear choice for this year’s award, Ms. Hanke has been a dedicated volunteer in the schools and community for more than 12 years. She has played a vital role in not just one or two but nearly every school support organization in Piedmont. She led the charge to create the Piedmont Portal, and still spends time each week updating the site and creating the email bulletin. She has served on the Boards of CHIME, PEF, PADC, the Education Speaker Series, PAINTS, and the Wellness Center, and played an integral role in the strategic planning and communications of each of these organizations, helping them to grow and prosper. She has played a central role in the Giving Campaign, Spring Fling, the Harvest Festival and Measures B & E, A and H1, writing countless articles, bulletins, and email messages to promote communication, advocacy and fundraising in support of our students. She has volunteered at Havens, Piedmont Middle School and Piedmont High School, helping to produce school bulletins. Also, she has also been a willing volunteer for many more mundane tasks, from stuffing envelopes to proof reading to coordinating lice checks.

Ms. Hanke’s work to establish the Piedmont Portal has been an especially unique and enduring gift to the community, and it showcases the range of her service — she has the insight to brainstorm new projects, the leadership to effect change, and the work ethic to roll up her sleeves and get things done, without ever seeking recognition for her efforts.

“Holly’s efforts to work behind the scenes and go unrecognized have been futile as evidenced by the large number of nominations she received,” commented Randy Booker, Superintendent. “She is well- deserving of this award and exemplifies a true heart of service to students and the District.”

The Board of Education will honor the extraordinary contributions of Ms. Hanke with this award and a gift of student artwork on May 9th.

Piedmont Unified School District

Apr 19 2018

Want to learn a new sport that combines tennis, badminton and table tennis?

Join in at the Park Tennis Courts, adjacent to the Piedmont Community Hall, in Main Park on Highland Avenue, on Saturday, April 21 from 10am – 12noon, for a short demonstration and then a play a game. To sign up please contact the Recreation Dept. at 510-420-3070 or email cwood@piedmont.ca.gov

Everyone is welcome to come and join the fun or learn about this ever growing sport for adults and children.

When

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – noon

Where

Park Tennis Courts 
711 Highland Avenue 
Piedmont, CA 94611

Contact

Cora Wood
5104203070
cwood@piedmont.ca.gov

Apr 19 2018

 Where to Participate

Historic Oakland City Stables  The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is hosting 60 projects for Earth Day in honor of 60 years of SCA!  Join SCA in Oakland to help restore the historic Oakland City Stables. The Oakland City Stables, managed by Diamond Equine Services, offers 7 acres of public green space in the Oakland Hills. The Stables provide a range of programming to the Bay Area community and encompasses historic and cultural resources. Volunteers will help to preserve this historic area through land restoration:through tasks such as weed pulling and invasive removal.  Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.  The event will take place rain or shine so please dress for the weather!SCA will supply coffee and snacks for volunteers as well as work gloves and all project supplies. Volunteers will also receive SCA ConSERVE t-shirts.  QUESTIONS: Contact events@thesca.org or 1-888-SCA-EVENTS.

Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm    Oakland City Stables, 13560 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619. Please drive cautiously at the speed limit of 5 mph to prevent startling the horses on site. Carpooling is also encouraged!

2018 City of Alameda Earth Day Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, Washington park, 740 Central Avenue. Activities for kids, Earth Day games, exhibits and bike-powered spin art machine. https://bit.ly/2GYSy3q. Coastal clean-up: 8:30-10 a.m. Crown Memorial State Beach, Crab Cove Visitors Center. Registration required: https://bit.ly/2GUvEKu

John Muir Birthday at John Muir National Historic Site– Earth Day Celebration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21, John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Music, recycled fashion show, silent auctions, and more. 925-228-8860, https://bit.ly/2F3NWeH

Earth Day San Francisco: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 21, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. Celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day and the 100th anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. Live bands, DJs, speakers, dance and performances, fashion show, chef zone and eco demo. Free. http://www.earthdaystreetfest.org/

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE