Apr 26 2013

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 27 between 10 am and 2 pm unused and outdated prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Piedmont Police Department. Properly disposing of medications is difficult since most drug stores won’t accept them and they should not be put in the trash or flushed down the plumbing.

see previous PCA article for more details.


Apr 22 2013

League of Women Voters Annual Meeting and Luncheon-

State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner will be  the Piedmont League of Women Voters’ guest speaker on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 216 Hampton Road, Piedmont. She will speak at 11 a.m., immediately following the League’s annual meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m..  The free program is followed by the League’s spring luncheon from noon to 1 p.m..  Advance reservations and payment of $25 for the luncheon are required: please call (510) 547- 0762 before May 6.

Nancy Skinner was elected to the State Assembly in 2008.  Following redistricting last year, Piedmont became part of her district. She currently chairs the Assembly Rules Committee and formerly served as chair of the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee.

Skinner brings to the Assembly a long history of public service and a record of environmental and social justice leadership. She served on the Berkeley City Council and the East Bay Regional Park District Board, owned a small business, and was active in student government at UC Berkeley.  As a legislator, she is perhaps best known for her E-Fairness bill requiring Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax.

A renowned leader in the fight against global warming, Skinner co-founded ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, a membership association of over 2,000 cities worldwide, and launched the Cities for Climate Protection program that now involves over 500 U.S. cities and counties.

She is author of the gun safety bill, AB 48, which would require ammunition buyers to show identification, sellers to be licensed and to report their sales to the Department of Justice. The bill, which has passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee, also makes it illegal for gun owners to buy parts that turn their guns into assault-style weapons.

Information on the League of Women Voters of Piedmont.

Editors Note: Any opinions expressed are those of the League of Women Voters of Piedmont and not necessarily those of the Piedmont Civic Association.

Apr 22 2013

A retirement celebration for PHS Principal Rich Kitchens will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

All are invited to honor Principal Kitchens, who is retiring after 30 plus years as an educator, coach and mentor.

For more information email Dane Copeland at blackpup1990@gmail.com or call at 510-420-8134

Apr 15 2013

Piedmont Unified School District Names Two Recipients of 2013 Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award-

The recipients of the 2013 Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award are Bill Drum (posthumously) and Mary Ireland. The award will be presented to Ms. Ireland and the family of Mr. Drum at the May 8, 2013 Board of Education meeting. > Click to read more…

Mar 30 2013

What are they? Why should we care? How can we reduce our health risks?

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont, Piedmont Connect, and the Beach Parents’ Organization’s Green Committee will host a free community event featuring Tracey Woodruff, PhD,MPH, of the University of California at San Francisco. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Beach School Auditorium, 100 Lake Ave, Piedmont.  Everyday household furnishings, containers, and personal care products, including furniture, can contain ingredients such as lead, flame retardants and plasticizers that pose health risks. > Click to read more…

Feb 8 2013

Town Hall meeting on crime issues Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the Veterans Memorial Building

Piedmont’s new Chief of Police, Rikki Goede and several officers  will explain  the steps the Police Department is taking to combat the increase of crime in our City.   This meeting will be hosted by the City’s Public Safety Committee, the City Council, the City Administrator, and other City officials attending. There will be time allotted for residents to ask questions of Chief Goede.

Chief Goede’s served in the police departments of San Diego for 10 years and San Jose for 16 years, reaching the level of Assistant Chief.  She has worked in virtually all areas of police activities, including patrol, field training, crime prevention, internal affairs, robbery, gang investigations, and a variety of command assignments.

Jan 24 2013

The Piedmont League of Women Voters (LWV) will hold a forum in City Hall for representatives of the pro and con sides of the proposed $2,406 per year for 8 years Measure A School Tax.

Editors’ Note:  The Piedmont League of Women Voters  has endorsed the School Tax, Measure A.

The Piedmont Civic Association is a non-partisan organization and does not support or oppose ballot measures or candidates. 

Following is the LWV announcement.

LWV Piedmont Election Forum

Measure A – School Parcel Tax: Pros and Cons

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will host an election forum in advance of the March 5, 2013 special election in Piedmont.  Measure A, the Piedmont Unified School District parcel tax measure, is the only item on the ballot. The forum will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 7:30-8:45pm at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue in Piedmont.  Panelists Doug Ireland and Jonathan Davis, replacing Katie Korotzer, will present the argument for Measure A, with Tom Clark and Rick Schiller presenting the argument against.  Audience members are invited to submit questions for the panel.  Jan Zovickian will serve as moderator for the evening. The community is cordially invited to attend and learn more about the school parcel tax. Those unable to attend are invited to view a simulcast of the event on KCOM-TV, channel 27.


Jan 24 2013

The Piedmont Recreation Commission will be considering Piedmont Community Pool budget, fees and schedules for the period May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014 at a public hearing on Wednesday, January 30, at 7:30pm in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont.

The meeting information  can be accessed here. For further information, contact Recreation Director Mark Delventhal at 420-3073.  The Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 20 has been canceled.
Jan 20 2013

The life and teachings of Dr. King will be commemorated in a program at the Piedmont Community Hall in Piedmont Main Park on Monday, January 21 from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

The public is invited, and the organizers encourage the public to “Feel free to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share that reflects your family heritage.”

Nov 20 2012

 District Attorney Nancy O’Malley will speak – Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will host its annual holiday program and luncheon on Wednesday, December 12.  The public is invited to the program featuring Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney, who will discuss crime in Piedmont and in Oakland with its decreased police force and high rate of violent crime, the effect that Proposition 30 public safety funds may have on crime, and how Alameda County will handle the transfer of prisoners from state facilities to county facilities.

The event will take place at 131 La Salle Avenue, Piedmont, with coffee at 10:30am and keynote speaker Nancy O’Malley at 11am.  The free program is followed by the luncheon from 12:15 -1 pm.  Advance reservations for the luncheon are required: send check for $25 payable to LWV Piedmont, to 40 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611 before December 8.

As Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley heads up one of the more progressive, innovative district attorney’s offices in the country and is the first woman to hold this position in Alameda County.

O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert on issues involving violence against women and interpersonal violence.  Among her accomplishments are creating:

•          the Alameda County Family Justice Center for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, sexual exploitation of minors and child abuse;

•          a diversion program that treats sexually and commercially exploited minors arrested for prostitution;

•          a restitution program for crime victims that has become a model for the state.