May 24 2022

Piedmont Police Department PRESS RELEASE UPDATE

On May 19, 2022, the Piedmont Police Department was notified about a sexual assault that occurred on the Piedmont High School campus. On May 23, 2022, detectives were conducting surveillance in the 700 block of Warfield Avenue based on information received indicating the subject had been seen in the area in the past.

Detectives were able to locate the subject in front of a residence and took her into custody. She was processed and booked into the Santa Rita Jail. The case is currently being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office for appropriate charges.

If you have any additional information about this investigation, please contact Detective George Tucker at 510-420-3013.

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May 21 2022

Piedmont Police Department – PRESS RELEASE – Person of Interest

On May 19, 2022, the Piedmont Police Department was notified about a sexual assault that occurred on the Piedmont High School campus yesterday afternoon in the area of the Binks Rawlings Gymnasium between 3:30-4:00 pm.

The suspect, pictured below, is identified as a:

Female

Square sunglasses

Hoop nose ring

Black long curly hair, tied up

Brown eyes

30-40 years old

110-120 lbs,   5’7” – 5’10”

Short sleeve pink shirt, Black sweatpants, White/blue tennis shoes

The Piedmont Police Department continues to work with the Piedmont Unified School District to ensure safe campuses throughout the City of Piedmont.

If you have information, or see an individual matching the above description, please immediately contact the Piedmont Police Department at 510-420-3000.

If you have information on the identity of this individual, contact Detective George Tucker at 510-420-3013. 

May 21 2022

City / School Liaison Committee –

 VIRTUAL MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting: Via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87432812354 Or Telephone: US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 720 707 2699

AGENDA:

Call to Order

Public Forum Total Time – 10 minutes. Speakers may be asked to limit their comments in addressing items not on the Agenda

REGULAR AGENDA

1. Title IX Updates

a. PUSD Preview

b. 50th Anniversary

2. Construction Updates

a. Community Pool

b. Theater

3. Housing Element Update

4. DBFL Location Update  (Dress Best for Less) 

5. Staffing Updates 

No written information was distributed for this meeting.

READ published Agenda below:

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May 16 2022

Recognizing over a quarter-century of service to the students and community of Piedmont, the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) and School Board honored Eileen Ruby as its 2022 Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award Winner.

“This is a well-deserved and overdue accolade for Ms. Ruby, who has been instrumental in building the framework of financial support in the community that benefits all of our schools and every one of our students,” said PUSD Superintendent, Randall Booker. “Myself, the Board, and all of PUSD are thrilled to recognize her work and valuable service to education in Piedmont.”

“Many in our community know Eileen as a fundraising savant, who is a clear communicator and highly skilled at asking the right questions at the right time,” added one of Ruby’s nominators. “Others remember her to be the architect of the professional fundraising infrastructure and successful campaigns we see today in support of our schools.”

A longtime Piedmont resident, Ms. Ruby chaired the Piedmont Education Foundation’s inaugural ‘Reaching for the Stars’ campaign in 2000, eventually creating a nearly $10-million endowment. She was the catalyst in coordinating efforts to bring fundraising for all six PUSD schools under the Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) umbrella, building an efficient model to support all students. Ms. Ruby served as President of the Piedmont Middle School Parent’s Club and has been a Parent Club board member at Havens Elementary, PMS and Piedmont High School. She has participated on the PUSD Budget Advisory Committee and has led hundreds of volunteers through various parcel tax and Bond campaigns. She continues her work today as a member of the PEF Board of Directors and recently announced she will be retiring later this year.

The PUSD Board of Education celebrated Ms. Ruby at its May 11 meeting and presented her with a work of art from Piedmont High School student, Margaret “Frankie” Broening.

The Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year award is presented annually to individuals who have volunteered their efforts over a period of time and made a difference because of their involvement and commitment to Piedmont’s youth. Arthur ‘Art’ Hecht was a tireless community volunteer dedicated to students in both Piedmont and Oakland. He served on Piedmont’s Board of Education from 1970 to 1982, and was very active with the Piedmont Continuation High School (now called Millennium High School). In 1998, the Volunteer of the Year Award was established in his memory.

Previous recipients include: Hunter McCreary (1998); Ann Chandler (1999); Ruth Cuming (2000); Lisa Lomenzo (2001); jointly by Cathie Geddeis and Marion Souyoultzis (2002); jointly by Fritz and Mary Wooster (2003); Elizabeth (Betsy) Gentry (2004); Cynthia Gorman (2005); Grier Graff (2006); Julia Burke (2007); Maude Pervere (2008); jointly to Anne-Marie Lamarche and Mark Menke (2009); Janiele Maffei Tovani (2010); Andrea Swenson (2011), June Monach (2012), Bill Drum (posthumously) and Mary Ireland  (2013), Ray Perman (2014), Jennifer Fox (2015), Katie Korotzer (2016), Hilary Cooper (2017) Holly Hanke (2018), Cathy Glazier (2019),  Sue Smegal (2020), and Ken Li (2021).

Art Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Eileen Ruby (center), poses with PUSD Board President, Corey Segal (left), and PUSD Superintendent, Randall Booker (right).

Art Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Eileen Ruby (center), poses with PUSD Board President, Cory Smegal (left), and PUSD Superintendent, Randall Booker (right).

 

May 13 2022

Superintendent Randall Booker announced he will be leaving to take the superintendent position at San Mateo Union High School District effective July 1st.

Below are letters from Randy Booker and the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) Board.

Dear PUSD Community,

I am writing to share the news that I accepted the position of Superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District effective July 1, 2022.
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For me, this is bittersweet, as I have been privileged to work in the Piedmont schools for 19 years.  Here, my extraordinary colleagues continually innovate to improve education for one and all.  Together, we have kept a steady focus on enhancing educational opportunities and preparing students for the future.  We have modernized curricula and facilities and developed critical programs for student wellness.  We have risen to the many challenges presented by repeated cuts in State education funding, a sea change in educational technology, and a global pandemic.
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I am deeply proud of our work together.  At the same time, I am thrilled for the professional opportunities in the San Mateo Union District, where I attended elementary, intermediate and high school.  In many ways, my career in education is coming full-circle.
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On a personal level, I want to express my gratitude as a parent for the wonderful education provided to my two sons, Aidan and Christian.  As an educator and administrator, I had countless reasons to take pride in the caliber and compassion of our staff.  As a parent, I had the opportunity to see our staff and our programs from a different vantage point, and my appreciation only deepened.  It has indeed been a privilege for the Booker family to be part of the PUSD family.
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I am working with the Board of Education to ensure a smooth transition and the Board will follow-up with staff about the next steps with regard to District leadership…

With gratitude and best wishes,
Randall Booker, Superintendent of the Piedmont Unified School District
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Dear PUSD Community,

With gratitude for almost 20 years of service to our community, the Piedmont Unified School District Board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Randy Booker. Effective July 1, 2022, he will be the new superintendent for San Mateo Union High School District. Randy grew up in Burlingame, attended Burlingame schools, and will now be a returning alumnus, serving the community that launched him. His last day in our District will be June 30, 2022.

Randy’s optimism and belief in the power of education sustain his work and are exemplified by the following excerpt from the letter he wrote at the start of the 2020-21 academic year:  “It is the educator that inspires all of us to think critically, partner collaboratively, express creatively, and communicate broadly. Students need these skills now more than ever. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism against a backdrop of challenging times across our country.” That recognition of what teaching brings to our community and beyond is what has informed so much of Randy’s approach to leadership, management, and day-to-day operations.

On behalf of previous board members, our educational community, and ourselves, we thank Randy for his hard work, advocacy, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to placing students at the heart of all his decisions. To the board, he has been a reliable and candid advisor, sounding board, and partner. He has served Piedmont for almost two decades with honor and integrity and we are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him and learned from him. We wish Randy all the very best on this next part of his professional adventure.

In terms of next steps, the board will provide additional information on the Superintendent search at our next meeting on May 25.  The board intends to do a nationwide search and will engage the community to gather their valuable insight.  If you have any questions, please contact Board President Cory Smegal at csmegal@piedmont.k12.ca.us, or Brian Killgore at bkillgore@piedmont.k12.ca.us.

Sincerely,

Piedmont Board of Education

Cory Smegal, President

Megan Pillsbury, Vice President

Veronica Anderson Thigpen

Hilary Cooper

Amal Smith

May 9 2022

Special Planning Commission Meeting – Thursday – May 12, 2022

 WHERE ARE 587 NEW HOUSING UNITS GOING TO GO IN PIEDMONT?
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The City of Piedmont is moving ahead with a new Housing Element.    Few Piedmonters have trudged through the almost 400 page Draft Housing Element containing profound suggested changes to Piedmont zoning.  The proposal suggests ending the Piedmont City Charter requirement of Piedmont voter control over zoning.
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Piedmont’s Planning Commission will hold a hybrid, in-person and virtual meeting on May 12, 2022, at 5:30 pm to consider a recommendation on the Draft Piedmont 6th Cycle Housing Element. On April 8, 2022, the City of Piedmont published the Draft Housing Element for public review and comment. The Draft Housing Element is posted to the homepages of the City of Piedmont website and Piedmontishome.org. Other formats are available upon request to the City. 

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Agenda and participation information >Planning 2022-05-12 Special Meeting

 

May 9 2022

May 11, 2022 – The School Board Will Ratify the Appointment of Piedmont Middle School Principal: Karyn Shipp –

Shipp was the Assistant Principal of the Piedmont Middle School .

READ the background and selection process  >5112022 PMS Principal_

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May 6 2022

 THE 3RD ANNUAL ART WALK, SATURDAY, MAY 7, 12 PM -5 PM

Painting, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, photography, jewelry, textile arts, and more – all by artists in the Piedmont community.

Piedmont is filled with amazing artists. The city has always fostered a love and appreciation for what art offers. The Piedmont Art Walk brings together local artists and the Piedmont community to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the arts in our community.

Purchases support local artists and art programs in our community. Twenty percent of proceeds are donated to the Piedmont Education Fund to support art in our schools.

The Art Walk is working closely with the city to follow Alameda County’s COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Please wear masks. Practice social distancing. No refreshments or receptions.

Map of Artist locations HERE.

Art Walk information click HERE.

For more information, email piedmontartwalk@gmail.com

May 2 2022

 City Proposal for Housing Element Includes: Zoning Changes, Transitional Housing, ADU Heights to 24 feet, City Charter Amendments, Converting City Hall and Veterans Buildings to Low-Income Housing, Coaches Field, Blair Park, etc.

There’s more than just numbers (587 new housing units to be exact) to the Housing Element.  There are several programs and policies in the draft that have not gotten much attention in the city workshops or outreach program, some are noted below:

Require large home remodels include an ADU in the expansion. 

• Establish a transitional home for 6 homeless individuals in a residential neighborhood. Collaborate with a nonprofit affordable housing organization to convert a home or homes to transitional housing for six persons.  This would require changing current residential zone restrictions to allow transitional housing throughout the city. (page 74),

• Create additional local housing opportunities for persons employed within Piedmont in order to reduce commuting and associated greenhouse gas emissions. A particular emphasis should be placed on transportation and on housing for municipal and school district employees, since these are the largest employers in the City. (page 75).

• Allow ADUs to be built to a height of 24 feet if the ADU is deed restricted for 10 years. (page 55).

• Amend the City Charter to eliminate the requirement that the reclassification of zones and/or reduction or enlargement of size or area of zones be subject to a majority vote at a general or special election. (page 57).

• Rezone the Corporation Yard and areas around Coaches Field to accommodate 130 housing units.  Fifty high density units would be built in the Coaches Filed overflow parking lot and 50 units on the slope below the third base line of the field.  If this plan is infeasible, develop 200 high density units in Blair Park. (Appendix B-14)

• Convert Veterans and City Halls into low-income housing (Appendix B-15).

Public comment on the Housing Element started April 6, 2022, and will run for 3 months with Council adoption expected in June 2022. Once approved by Council, the Housing Element needs to be approved by state authorities.  By statute, the deadline for state approval was recently extended to May 2023.  

City Council should take advantage of the state time extension and extend public comment on the Housing Element through November 2022. There are a number of reasons for doing so. 

  •  The plan needs work and a June hearing should still be held to address deficiencies of the current draft so that revisions can be made. 
  • The plan currently does not achieve the equitable distribution of affordable housing throughout Piedmont.
  • The plan for Coaches Field is really half-baked. 
  • There are many new programs and policies called for in the Housing Element that need better vetting with the community. 
  • By extending public comment through November, Piedmont voters can express their opinion on the draft Housing Element by seating a majority of Council (3 seats will be on the ballot).  This timeline offers residents an excellent opportunity to have their voices heard and two of the Councilmembers will likely serve for 8 years, the lifespan of the 6th Cycle Piedmont Housing Element, ensuring some continuity. 
  • Postponing consideration of the Housing Element until after the November election would engage the entire community in setting Piedmont’s affordable housing future, a legacy everyone could be proud of.  

Public comments on the Housing Element will be sent to the Planning Commission if received by May 5.  Send comments to Piedmontishome@piedmont.ca.gov.  The public can also comment on the Housing Element at the Special Planning Commission meeting, a virtual meeting on Zoom on May 12.  Read the draft Housing Element at:

https://p1cdn4static.civiclive.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_13659739/File/Government/Departments/Planning%20Division/Housing%20Programs/Housing%20Element/DRAFT-Housing_Element-Public-Review.pdf

Garrett Keating, Former member of the Piedmont City Council and Piedmont Resident

Editors’ Note: Opinions expressed are those of the author.

Contact information:

510/420-3050 – Planning Staff

510/420-3040 – City Clerk – City Council
Ask for the email address where you can send comments.  Sending an email to the City Council is a good place to send a comment.  Written comments become part of the public record, phone calls do not. 
Go to the City of Piedmont web page for more information.
May 2 2022

“City Staff is asking Park Commissioners to provide feedback on the Draft 6th Cycle Piedmont Housing Element as community members and key stakeholders. The Park Commission meeting on May 4 gives the public further opportunities to learn about the Housing Element update process and to give their input and feedback.”

Numerous proposals are in the Draft Housing Element many occurring throughout Piedmont.  Density increases, removal of parking requirements, raised height limits of buildings, end to neighbor input on proposals, zoning changes, Charter change, etc.

 All proposals in the 374 page Draft Housing Element document can be read online for public comment.  See link at the end of this article.

6. Proposed Specific Plan: Page B-12, Appendix B, of the Draft Housing Element proposes to prepare a specific plan (Government Code §65450 et. seq) for the area of the Public Works Corporation Yard to accommodate new housing development, incorporate existing amenities, and modernize current city functions. The portion of the site utilized for park Page 2 of 62 and recreational uses, are intended to remain as an amenity for the proposed specific plan area, with the existing vehicle parking reconfigured, as needed.  See map on linked attachment below.

7. Blair Park: The Draft Housing Element identifies Blair Park, which is located on the south side of Moraga Avenue, as a potential alternate site for housing if the proposed specific plan for the Public Works Corporation Yard fails to yield 122 housing units (page B-13). Blair Park is 3.55 acres, with the potential for 210 units if developed at 60 units per acre.

8. Zoning Amendments: In order to meet the 6th Cycle RHNA target with Piedmont’s limited available land, the Draft Housing Element’s Goal 1, New Housing Construction, proposes to increase the allowed residential density for housing affiliated with religious institutions in Zone A (program 1.D, page (37) and increase allowed residential density in Zone B (program 1.F), Zone C (program 1.G), and Zone D (1.H).

READ the Draft Housing Element May 4 presentation to the Park Commission and Agenda, including participation information below:

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