Jul 29 2021

Masking Even for Vaccinated Individuals

California Department of Public Health and CDC on Masking by Vaccinated people

Note: This guidance is effective July 28, 2021 and supersedes all prior face coverings guidance.

With the emergence of the more contagious Delta variant in California which now accounts for over 80% of cases sequenced, cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 are rising throughout the state, especially amongst those that remain unvaccinated.

To achieve universal masking in indoor public settings, we are recommending that fully vaccinated people also mask in indoor public settings across California. This adds an extra precautionary measure for all to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, especially in communities currently seeing the highest transmission rates. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive than this guidance.

Masks are required for all individuals in the following indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status:

Masks are required for all individuals, in the following indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status (and surgical masks are recommended):

Additionally, masks are required* for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

Read the complete California Department of Public Health July 28, 2021 order here.

300% Increase in New Covid Cases in US

Newest Covid 19 advisory from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

June 19–July 23, 2021, COVID-19 cases increased approximately 300% nationally, followed by increases in hospitalizations and deaths, driven by the highly transmissible B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant* of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

CDC recommends all unvaccinated persons wear masks in public indoor settings. Based on emerging evidence on the Delta variant (2), CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated persons wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Fully vaccinated persons might consider wearing a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of transmission level, if they or someone in their household is immuno compromised or is at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated (including children aged <12 years who are currently ineligible for vaccination).  July 27, 2021

Read the complete CDC July 27, 2021 report here

July 29, 2021 – According to the Washington Post, internal CDC analysis indicates that vaccinated people infected with the delta version, even if they are asymptomatic,  carry high viral loads.  They are able to transmit the virus to others, including unvaccinated children.   This CDC report may be made public at some point, but nevertheless was the basis for the CDC’s July 27 reversal of its advise on masking of vaccinated people.  Read the article here.


Jul 29 2021

Pfizer’s Vaccine Effectiveness Declines to 84% after Six Months

Some Piedmonters were fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago.

The effectiveness of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine steadily declines over time, dropping to about 84% for vaccinated people about four to six months after getting their second dose, according to CEO Albert Bourla.

The comments, made on Wednesday on CNBC’s “The Exchange,” are based on the findings of a new company-funded study that has yet to be peer reviewed. It comes as the drug-maker clashes with U.S. health officials over the need for a third Covid vaccine dose to boost immunity protection.

The study found the vaccine’s effectiveness was strongest, at 96.2%, between one week and two months after receiving the second dose. It declined an average of 6% every two months, according to the study, which signed up more than 44,000 people across the U.S. and other countries.



Jul 21 2021
COVID-19 has thrown us another curve ball!
On July 16, 2021, the health officials of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma counties, as well as the City of Berkeley, issued a new recommendation that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. This recommendation comes as a result of increasing stress on the health system as a result of rising infection levels in the Bay Area due to the COVID-19 Delta variant.
“The Delta variant is spreading quickly, and everyone should take action to protect themselves and others against this potentially deadly virus,” said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss. “After vaccination, masking is the next most powerful tool we have to protect ourselves and each other during this latest wave of infections,” said Dr. Moss. “Wearing masks, especially indoors and in crowded outdoor settings, will help us contain this more transmissible variant.”
Remember that for masks to work properly, they need to completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose.
Jul 20 2021

City of Piedmont
Public Safety Committee Agenda
Thursday, July 22, 2021

5:30 p.m.
Via Teleconference


Consistent with Executive Orders No. N-25-20 and No. N-29-20 from the Executive Department of the State of California and the Alameda County Health Official’s Shelter in Place Order, the Public Safety Committee meeting will not be physically open to the public and committee members will be teleconferencing into the meeting via ZOOM Teleconference.To maximize public safety while still maintaining transparency and public access, members of the public can participate in the meeting in several ways:
Computer or smart phone: Click https://piedmont-ca-gov.zoom.us/j/83460292749
Telephone: Dial (669) 900-9128 and enter webinar/meeting number 834-6029-2749
To participate in the meeting by providing public comment, members of the public may use the ZOOM platform to make live, verbal public comments. To speak to the committee, click the “Raise Your Hand” button when the item on which you would like to comment is called. If you are connected to the meeting by phone, please dial *9. When it is your turn to speak, the City Clerk will call your name and unmute your line, at which point you will have three minutes to address the Committee. After the allotted time, you will then be re-muted. Instructions of how to “Raise Your Hand” is available at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205566129%0D-Raise-Hand-In-Webinar

Any member of the public who needs accommodations should email the City Clerk at
cityclerk@piedmont.ca.gov or call (510) 420-3040 who will make their best efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to provide as much accessibility as possible while also maintaining public safety in accordance with the City procedure for resolving reasonable accommodation requests. Information about reasonable accommodations is available on the City website at https://piedmont.ca.gov.

Call to Order  – Roll Call

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. Approval of Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes for 5/27/2021
2. Update on PPD Strategic Plan
3. Update on Racial Identity Profiling Act (RIPA)
4. Update on Data Analysis of PPD Calls for Service
5. Update on ALPR & Public Safety Cameras
6. Update on Community Policing Events

7. Update on School Liaison Activities
8. Update on COVID-19 and Discussion on Related Public Safety Initiatives

Announcements, old business and consideration of future agenda items


Materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the Public Safety Committee are available for public inspection in the Police Department during normal business hours.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk at (510) 420-3040. Notification at least two business days preceding the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [28 CFR 35.102-35.104 ADA Title II]. 
Jul 1 2021

Typically a July 4th Pancake Breakfast has been served in the Piedmont Veterans Hall; however, this July 4th, 2021, the Piedmont Community Service Crew (PCSC) will serve pancakes to the community on:

Waldo Avenue between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Sunday, July 4th.

Children’s games, generous full breakfasts, arts and crafts will be a part of the “block party” open to the public.  Servers will be fully vaccinated and wear masks and gloves.

Tickets are $15 for people age 14 and older.  Younger children are $10 each.

Funds raised will be used by the PCSC toward community efforts. 

– Parade Caravan –

Note:  There is no parade this year on Highland Avenue due to Covid complications.  A caravan of a select group of vehicles and a band will snake around Piedmont streets starting at noon.  

May 25 2021


Unfortunately in 2021, the City of Piedmont will not hold the annual 4th of July parade and party in the park due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As disappointing as this is, the City recognizes that the most important thing right now is to keep the community safe and healthy. Because of the nature of the parade and party in the park, the determination has been made that hosting a large group event in Piedmont is still not a good idea, even with the progress we’ve made fighting COVID-19.

Bringing the Parade to the Community

While we can’t gather together on Highland Avenue, there will be a small flotilla of vehicles that brings the parade to you (or nearby)! A small group of vehicles as well as a flatbed truck carrying the venerable Barrelhouse Jazz Band will slowly make its way around town to bring a little bit of parade spirit to the community.

Keep a look out for the caravan driving down your street (or close by) between at 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th.

4th of July House and Car Decorating Contest

Decorate your house, yard, or car to show our Independence Day Spirit, with the theme to be announced soon. The following awards will be given:
• The Highland Cup (Best Entry)
• Highland Saucer (Most Patriotic)
• Highland Spoon (Best Team Entry)
• Best Car in Place

• Most Artistic Award
• Best Spirit Award
• Best Theme Award

Judges will visit each entry on Saturday, July 3rd between 5:00–7:00 p.m. and winners will be announced on Sunday, July 4th.

To enter, email Carla Betts (carlabetts@hotmail.com) the following information by Thursday, July 1st at 5:00 p.m.
• Name
• Address
• Cell Phone

• Email
• Yard or car description

4th of July Block Parties Are Back

Coming back this year in 2021, 4th of July block parties will once again be permitted this year.

If you would like to host a 4th of July block party, please fill out the form on the City’s web page at
https://piedmont.ca.gov and submit by Friday, June 25th at 5:00 p.m.

Please make sure to follow current State COVID Safety guidelines. City of Piedmont Public Works staff will deliver barricades by Friday, July 2nd.

If you need more information about 4th of July block parties please call (510) 420-3040.

Press Release > 2021-05-25 2021 4th of July Events Changed

May 25 2021

The Piedmont Public Safety Committee will hold a Zoom meeting on Thursday, May 27 at 5:30 pm.  Click the Agenda below for participation details and draft minutes of the Committee’s March meeting. 

PSC Agenda 2021-05-27

Public Safety 2021-03-25 DRAFT

May 24 2021

Zoom meeting details 2021-05-25 Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee Agenda

  1. Election of a Chairperson
  2.  Fiscal Year 2020-21 Financial Update
  3.  Review Proposed Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget and Consideration of FY 2021-2022 Budget Report
  4.  Review Long Range Financial Plan

Distributed presentation >2021-05-25 Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Presentation


May 18 2021

UPDATED: Where is Piedmont’s money going?

The Piedmont City Council will consider the proposed annual budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 at three separate meetings -May 22, June 7 and June 21.

This is a special opportunity for the public to view and speak from a distance when the various department heads present their proposed budgets to the Council on Saturday, May 22, starting at 9:30 am.  The budget presentations historically have not been broadcast or recorded for public viewing, but because of COVID-19 procedures anyone can access and view the critically important Council budget work session from their home or computer.

The Saturday work session will be held virtually on May 22, 2021 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Members of the public are invited to participate in this meeting. Virtual meeting details will be included in the agenda for this meeting.  For Agenda and viewing links go to https://piedmont.ca.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_13659739/File/Government/City%20Council/Agenda/City%20Council%20Agenda%202021-05-22%20(Special).pdf

Public hearings regarding the proposed budget and the levy of the Municipal Services Tax and the Sewer Tax will be held during regularly scheduled City Council meetings on June 7 and June 21, 2021.

The public is invited to attend all of these meetings and speak to the City Council about spending priorities for the city in the coming year. Click the link to visit the Annual Budgets page > (https://piedmont.ca.gov/services___departments/finance/annual_budgets), where all sections of the proposed budget, as well as approved budgets from previous years, are available for download.

Residents with questions about the contents of the proposed budget can contact Finance Director Michael Szczech via email at mszczech@piedmont.ca.gov or by phone at (510) 420-3045.

Residents wishing to comment on the proposed budget can send an e-mail to the City Council at citycouncil@piedmont.ca.gov, send a letter via U.S. Mail to Piedmont City Council, c/o City Clerk’s Office, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, 94611, or speak at appropriate times during the meetings to address budget issues.

Apr 28 2021
April 28, 2021
The City of Piedmont is working to keep residents informed on the evolving COVID-19 situation and other City happenings. This email update will be sent out weekly as news warrants. We want to make sure as many people as possible get this important information so, please share this with others and encourage them to subscribe to the update. The City is also updating the City’s website and social media channels. Stay connected and informed!
Yesterday, the CDC issued updated guidance on Choosing Safer Activities during the pandemic
The new guidance places indoor and outdoor activities into three categories for both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people: Safest, Less Safe, and, Least Safe. Please see the graphic below for a visual representation of the guidance. Discussing masks, the Alameda County Public Health Department says, “Masks continue to be an important and proven intervention to protect residents from COVID-19. Vaccinated residents and families are strongly advised to continue to wear masks in public places, especially in crowded settings, including indoors.”