Mar 24 2020

The City of Piedmont has received reports from residents that the mailing address on the Census 2020 form they received indicates Oakland and not Piedmont.

The City has learned that the Census Bureau uses the physical location, not the mailing address, of a housing unit to assign it to the proper geographic areas. The Census Bureau recognizes that the city name in the address used by the Post Office may differ from the legal municipality or district in which the housing unit is actually located. This is especially the case for Piedmont, which shares four zip codes with Oakland.

If you have an incorrect mailing address on your census form, don’t worry. The Census Bureau assigns a code to each home, which is geolocated into the proper jurisdiction and that code is the basis of the census tabulations, not the mailing address. It’s suggested that you use the unique code provided on the form.

Mislabeled mailing addresses is not just isolated to Piedmont, and also occurred during the 2010 census.

City Clerk John Tulloch, 510/420-3040

2020-03-24 Census City Inaccuracy (1)

Mar 24 2020

In response to the Shelter in Place Orders from the State of California and the County of Alameda, the City of Piedmont has extended the deadline for Commission and Committee applications until Friday, April 10th. This extension will allow residents who have been working to adjust their lives to shelter in place additional time to complete and submit applications to serve on city Commissions and Committees.

Interested residents may view the Commission Description of Duties, download the Application for Appointive Vacancy, and/or apply online on the City’s web site at https://piedmont.ca.gov.

Applications are due to City Hall on or before the EXTENDED DEADLINE of Friday, April 10th .

Interviews with the City Council for these positions will be scheduled for a later date. Applicants will be notified of the interview date once it is set. No appointments will be made without a Council interview.

Links to information and forms are below:

Notice of Appointive Vacancies 2020

Commission Description of Duties 2020-02-14

Commission Application 2020 (Fillable)

2020-02-14 Volunteers for Commissions

Volunteers are needed on the following Commissions/Committees, and other positions:

Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee, CIP Review Committee, Civil Service Commission, Park Commission,  Planning Commission, Public Safety Committee, Recreation Commission, Mosquito Abatement Representative, Parking Hearing Officer. 

Contact: City Clerk John O. Tulloch (510) 420-3040

Mar 16 2020

Recreation, CIP, Public Safety, Special City Council –

Click below to read the meeting cancellations:

2020-03 Notice of Regular Meetings – Revised

 

Mar 15 2020

The City Council Meeting scheduled for March 16th starting at 7:30 p.m. City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA will go forward as scheduled at this time.

READ ADVISORY > 2020-03-15 Covid 19 Advisory Notice Regarding Public Meetings

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVISORY NOTICE

The Alameda County Public Health Department has advised that non-essential gatherings should be canceled, postponed, or done remotely. Additional information is available at http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx. This meeting is necessary so that the City can continue to conduct its business and is considered an essential gathering. The public may still attend the meeting in person. However, the City is asking members of the public to consider these Steps to Prevent Illness when deciding whether to attend this meeting. The City is asking members of the public to follow the California Department of Health’s Guidance on Mass Gatherings when deciding whether to attend this meeting. Please note that social distancing measures will be observed. As always, the public may submit public comments in advance and may view the meeting from home.

Below is information on how to watch the meeting via cable and/or live stream and how to send in public comments that will be part of the public record.

How to Watch the Meeting:

1) Cable TV Broadcast on KCOM Channel 27 or AT&T Universe Channel 99

2) Livestream online at: https://piedmont.ca.gov/services___departments/kcomtv/live_content_and_video_archive

How to Submit Public Comments:

Comments submitted by 5:00 p.m. prior to the commencement of the meeting will be presented to the City Council and included in the public record for the meeting. Comments can be submitted by email to cityclerk@piedmont.ca.gov or in person at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont.

Note: If the Alameda County Public Health Department changes their recommendations relating to gatherings, the format of this meeting may be altered or the meeting may be cancelled. You may check on the status of the meeting by visiting the City’s website: https://piedmont.ca.gov/

Agenda:

Consent Calendar

1. Approval of Council Meeting Minutes for 02/18/2020

2. 2nd Reading of Ord. 748 N.S. – Adoption of the 2019 California Code of Regulations; Title 24; and Reorganization and Amendments to Chapters 5, and 8 of City Code 07052nd Reading of Ord. 748 N.S. – Adoption of the 2019 California Code of Regulations; Title 24; and Reorganization and Amendments to Chapters 5, and 8 of City Code

3. Introduction and 1st Reading of Ord. 749 N.S.– Amending Chapters 1 and 6 of the City Code to Designate the Planning Commission as the Appeal Body for Violations Involving Building Standard or State Housing Law 0705 http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16537060

Public Forum This is an opportunity for members of the audience to speak on an item not on the agenda.

Regular Agenda

4. Consideration of the Acceptance of the 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statements 0100 http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16537071

5. Receipt of the 2015 and 2019 Housing and Community Development Department Annual Reports 0775 PCA 2019 PC Report – Annual Housing Progress Report 3-09-2020

6. Consideration of the Award of the 2020 Priority Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project 0045, 0935 http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16537067

READ  THE FULL AGENDA BELOW:

3:16:2020 council-current-agenda (1)

Mar 13 2020

Piedmont CIP Review Committee Behind-the-Scenes Tours of City Facilities Postponed –

TO CHECK FOR RESCHEDULED MEETINGS CONTACT:

Nancy Kent, Parks & Project Manager, via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov or phone at (510) 420-3064.

The CIP Review Committee tours scheduled for Saturday, March 21, to discuss Piedmont’s Essential Services buildings, and Saturday, April 4, to discuss the state of recreation related infrastructure, are postponed.

The City will offer the CIP Review Committee and members of the public rescheduled tours of the current facilities to better understand the challenges and limitations of the City’s aging infrastructure.

The dates for the rescheduled tours have not been determined at this time.

—– MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC —-

Over the next six weeks, Piedmont’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Review Committee will host three Saturday meetings with behind-the-scenes tours of City facilities not often seen by members of the public (POSTPONED).  There will also be six discussion/decision meetings.  See schedule below.

Tours and meetings are not broadcast, however they are open to public participation.

*Resident proposals are due March 23, 2020. Forms and instructions can be found on the City website: https://piedmont.ca.gov/government/city_news___notifications/cip_resident_proposals_sought

In addition to the customary tour of resident proposals on April 25 , the CIP Review Committee will hold two additional Saturday (POSTPONED) meetings with comprehensive tours to provide the community with a better and broader understanding of the City’s aging public infrastructure.

On Saturday, March 21, (POSTPONED) the CIP Review Committee will meet at 9:00 am in the Police Department Conference Room to discuss Piedmont’s Essential Services buildings which include the Fire Department, the Police Department, and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

After Police Chief Jeremy Bowers and Fire Chief Bret Black make presentations and answer questions from the CIP Review Committee, there will be group tours of both the Police and Fire Departments as well as the basement of City Hall.

Please note that the meetings and tours are geared toward residents age 16 and older, and are not to be confused with a Piedmont Fire Department Open House.

On Saturday, April 4, (POSTPONED) the CIP Review Committee will meet at the Recreation Department at 9:00 am to discuss the state of recreation related infrastructure including the Piedmont Community Pool, the Recreation Department building, Veterans Hall, Linda Beach Park and Coaches Field.

After a brief summary presentation, the CIP Review Committee and members of the public will have the opportunity to explore the current facilities to better understand the challenges and limitations of the City’s aging infrastructure.

The City of Piedmont and the CIP Review Committee encourage residents to participate in this rare opportunity and hope that the meetings and tours are well-attended by members of the public.

If you have questions regarding the CIP tours or meeting schedule, please contact Nancy Kent, Parks & Project Manager, via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov or phone at (510) 420-3064.

2020 CIP Review Committee Schedule

Tue 3/10 7:00 pm (COMPLETED) Regular Meeting PPD EOC 403 Highland Avenue Public Safety

Sat 3/21 9:00 am (POSTPONED) Regular Meeting PPD EOC 403 Highland Avenue and Essential Services Community Tours

Tue 3/24 7:00 pm (CANCELLED) Regular Meeting City Hall 120 Vista Avenue Recreation Facilities Conference Room

Tue 3/31 7:00 pm (CANCELLED) Regular Meeting City Hall 120 Vista Avenue Resident Proposals Conference Room

Sat 4/4 9:00 am (POSTPONED) Regular Meeting PRD 358 Hillside Avenue and Recreation Related Community Tours Schedule:

  • 9:15 am PRD Rec Dept. Attic to Basement – 358 Hillside Avenue
  • 9:45 am Piedmont Community Pool – 777 Magnolia Avenue
  • 10:30 am Veterans Hall – 401 Highland Avenue
  • 11:15 am Linda Beach Park – 400 Linda Avenue
  • 12 Noon Coaches Field – 898 Red Rock Road

Tue 4/7 7:00 pm (CONTINUING) Regular Meeting City Hall 120 Vista Avenue Resident Proposals Conference Room

Tue 4/21 7:00 pm (CONTINUING) Regular Meeting City Hall 120 Vista Avenue Conference Room

Sat 4/25 9:00 am (CONTINUING) Regular Meeting and Tour Details TBA

Members of the public can continue to remain informed regarding mass gatherings by reviewing California Department of Health’s Guidance on Mass Gatherings. The City is asking members of the public to considering these Steps to Prevent Illness when deciding whether to attend any City meeting.

Mar 8 2020

CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) Review Committee –

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.

Emergency Operations Center, 403 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

Open to public participation.

— Agenda for March 10 Meeting —

Public Forum: This is an opportunity for members of the audience to speak on an item not on the agenda. The 10 minute period will be divided evenly between those wishing to address the Committee.

Regular Agenda

1. Review of Work Schedule for the CIP Review Committee for Fiscal Year 2020-2021

2. Presentation on Public Safety Facilities by the Fire Chief and Police Chief

3. Tour of Police Department and Fire Department Facilities 

Announcements, old business and consideration of future agenda item

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CIP Review Committee

The CIP Review Committee makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the expenditure of the capital budget (construction, repair, or rehabilitation of city facilities).

Roster

  • Michael Henn
  • Susan Herrick
  • John Lenahan
  • Bobbe Stehr
  • Patty Siskind | Piedmont Beautification Foundation Representative
  • Jim Horner | Park Commission Representative
  • Conna McCarthy | Recreation Commission Representative

Council Liaison: Robert McBain | rmcbain@piedmont.ca.gov | (510) 420-3048

Staff Liaisons:

Chester Nakahara | cnakahara@piedmont.ca.gov | (510) 420-3061
Nancy Kent | nkent@piedmont.ca.gov | (510) 420-3064

Mar 3 2020

At 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters reported the following early voting results:

YES  =   1,379     78.62 %       NO =   375     21.38 %

For approval 66.66 % of those voting on Measure T must vote Yes.

Measure T supports the cost of providing City of Piedmont services.

Feb 28 2020

CIP Review Committee Seeks Resident Proposals

The Capital Improvement Projects Review Committee (CIP) is soliciting proposals for new city projects which would enhance our community. Ideas submitted by individuals, community organizations and City Staff are all considered. If you have a great idea, the committee would like to hear from you.

Download the > Proposal Form & Instructions

Proposals are due no later than March 23th at 5:00 p.m.

All applicants/residents that have submitted proposals will be personally invited to attend the committee meeting to be scheduled in March/April.  At this meeting, applicants will be asked to briefly describe their projects to the CIP Review Committee. The CIP Review Committee will then determine which projects will require a site visit.

Completed forms should be returned to the Department of Public Works, 120 Vista Avenue.

If you have questions regarding the CIP process, please contact Nancy Kent Parks & Project Manager, via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov or phone at (510) 420-3064.

 

Feb 24 2020

Time to cast a vote on Piedmont parcel tax Measure T.

The Piedmont City Council has placed before Piedmont voters a parcel tax, Measure T, at the Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election to “essentially renew” Piedmont’s long standing parcel tax.  The current parcel tax expires June 30, 2021.

Approval of Measure T requires 2/3rds approval by those voting on the measure. Full text of Measure T proposed rates and ordinance are found at the end of each Alameda County Voter Information Guide.  Measure T is on the last page of ballots. 

The following determinations were made by the City Council:

  • Tax will be for a limited 4 year term allowing voter check on spending. 
  • Language remained the same as prior ballot measures to “Essentially keep the tax the same as current.”
  • Only developed parcels are to be taxed.  Empty vacant lots are not taxed. Empty parcels adjoining developed parcels are not taxed.
  • Tax to “single family” parcels is based on the square footage of the  parcels with larger parcels paying more.
  • No additional tax is added when two or more residences occupy a “single family” zoned parcel. 
  • Piedmont needs to pay for underfunded pension benefits and facility maintenance.
  • Approximately 300 properties straddle the border of Oakland and Piedmont.  If the house is on both sides of the border, the owner pays both Oakland & Piedmont Municipal Services Tax. 

Measure T is a Municipal Services Special Tax and the ballot measure stipulates that funds shall be used for these services:

  • police and fire protection,
  • street maintenance,
  • building regulations, 
  • library services,
  • recreation,
  • parks maintenance,
  • planning and public works

Tax measure proceeds will be deposited into the Piedmont General Fund. There is no differentiated record of how the Special Municipal Services Tax have been spent in prior years.

Piedmont was one of the first cities in California to go before voters following approval of Proposition 13  in 1978 limiting the taxing ability of school, cities, counties, and special districts to raise taxes beyond their 1978 level while allowing an annual 2% increase without gaining approval by 2/3rd of the voters.

Voters can go to their assigned polling location on Tuesday, March 3 and cast their ballot, or if having received a ballot in the mail can place their ballot in the Alameda County ballot box located in central Piedmont near the Wells Fargo Bank, or simply place their ballot in any regular mailbox.  Postage is not required on mailed ballots.

Editors Note:  PCA does not support or oppose ballot measures.

Feb 23 2020

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The City Council of Piedmont is looking for talented Piedmont volunteers for vacancies on Piedmont commissions, committees, and appointed positions.

Interested Piedmonters may view the positions and Description of Duties, download the Application for Appointive Vacancy, and/or apply online on the City’s web site at https://piedmont.ca.gov.

Links to information and forms are below:

Notice of Appointive Vacancies 2020

Commission Description of Duties 2020-02-14

Commission Application 2020 (Fillable)

2020-02-14 Volunteers for Commissions

Applications are due to City Hall on or before the deadline of Wednesday, March 25th.

Interviews with the City Council for the volunteer positions will be scheduled for the evening of Monday, March 30, 2020 (CANCELLED). No appointments will be made without a Council interview.

Piedmonters with questions are invited to contact the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040.