Oct 10 2020

2020 Design Awards Zoom Ceremony on October 12, 2020

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Each year, the City of Piedmont Planning Commission hosts a Design Awards program to recognize design projects completed in the past year.

Typically, awards are presented at a ceremony in March to celebrate projects that exemplify outstanding design excellence. Due to public health and safety concerns, the 2020 Design Awards Gala was unfortunately cancelled. However, the Piedmont Department of Planning & Building is pleased to announce a Design Awards presentation to celebrate these outstanding projects at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting.

Design awards will be presented for the following categories:

Excellent Landscape & Outdoor Living Area Design – 17 Sotelo Avenue

Excellent Rear Deck & Outdoor Living Area Design – 65 Crocker Avenue

Excellent Upper Level Addition – 69 Oakmont Avenue

Excellent Comprehensive Stylistic Transformation – 74 Sea View Avenue

Outstanding Design for Ageing in Place – 147 Requa Road

Excellent Garage w/ Upper Level Accessory Dwelling Unit Design – 67 Sylvan Way

Outstanding Design for an Accessory Dwelling Unit within the Existing Building Envelope – 1056 Park Lane

The City of Piedmont will host a Design Awards Presentation on Monday, October 12, 2020 beginning at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Planning Commission Zoom meeting.

Anyone interested in celebrating excellence in architectural design is welcome to join. For more information about the Design Awards, please contact Assistant Planner Steven Lizzarago at 510-420-3094 or at slizzarago@piedmont.ca.gov.

The Zoom login information for viewing and participation is available on the October 12, 2020 Planning Commission Agenda > planning_current_agenda (1)1020

Design Awards 2020 Design Awards Planning Commission Press Release

Oct 10 2020

First PBAC meeting Agenda and Participation > PBAC Agenda 2020-10-13

During the COVID – 19 requirements, Piedmonters have flocked to sidewalks and streets on foot and bicycles to get exercise. The need for improvements for walkers, joggers, and bikers has been noted by all.

On September 30, 2020, the Piedmont City Council appointed nine residents of the City to serve on the new Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC). 

Chosen from among 36 applicants, the appointees are: Sofia Barandiaran, Siddharth Bhatia,  Eugene Brown, Jr., Katie DeWitt, Audrey Edel, Brett Hondorp, Hugh Louch, Thomas Reicher and Kristin Robrock. 

The PBAC will help guide the development and implementation of the Piedmont Safer Streets project. That project will update the City’s original Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (completed in 2014), with an additional focus on broader traffic safety.

The initial meeting of the PBAC will take place Tuesday, October 13, starting at 5:30 pm. For more information about the PBAC and about the meeting, click here and here.

For questions about the Piedmont Safer Streets project, contact Gopika Nair (City of Piedmont), at SaferStreets@Piedmont.ca.gov or at (510) 420-3054.

>PBAC Agenda 2020-10-13

You can view the documents to be discussed on the agenda in the drop box link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/11807apq78jiau8/AAD-OA4y41IOfwOnFd-OIj3ta?dl=0

Sep 13 2020

– Taste and Productivity of Local Garden Produce Suffers in Our Wildfire Smoke –

“Once the air clears of smoke, spray the leaves and fruit gently with water and apply fertilizer to promote healthy roots and foliage.”

Commentary from Oregon:

“Similar to humans, plants are affected by fine particles in smoke that consist of ash, partially consumed fuel, water droplets and hundreds of chemical compounds, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, and small amounts of nitrogen oxide. These particles can clog the plant’s stomata, tiny pores that enable the plant to absorb carbon dioxide and other gases from the atmosphere and release oxygen. Prolonged blockage can suffocate the plant.

In addition, studies have shown that even short-term exposure to smoke destroys chlorophyll in plants and, thus, reduces their ability to carry out photosynthesis by as much as 50 percent. The result is oxygen-deprived plants that are stressed, weakened, and may look wilted and washed out. Once the plant has switched to survival mode, fruiting and ripening slows down, which may be why my friend said her corn crop yield was “puny” two years ago when smoke hung in the valley for several weeks. Prolonged exposure to smoke may also affect the taste of garden produce.”  The Mail Tribune, Oregon, Aug 9, 2015

Science News December 21, 2018 reported:

A pioneering new study by Professor Nadine Unger of the University of Exeter and Professor Xu Yue of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing, has revealed that pollutants released by the devastating wildfires can affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from the fire impact zone.

The study examined how ozone and aerosols — two by-product pollutants of wildfires — influences healthy plant growth in areas that are seemingly unaffected by the destructive natural disasters.

It found that there was a significant reduction in plant productivity in areas far away from the fire’s borders. The study suggests that fire pollution could pose an increasing threat to regional, and even global, productivity in the warming future world.

Sep 13 2020

Racial Segregation and Housing in Piedmont:

How Did We Get Here? What Can We Do About It?

A panel discussion organized by the Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign, Co-sponsored by Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee and the League of Women Voters of Piedmont.

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7-8:30 pm on Zoom

Register here

As part of the ongoing struggle to achieve racial equity and justice, integrating and diversifying our neighborhoods are essential tasks. A recent UC Berkeley report on Racial Segregation in the SF Bay Area demonstrates that residential segregation is alive and well in the Bay Area. How did we get here? What can we do about it? Join us for a Zoom panel addressing the history of racial segregation and housing in Piedmont, and steps that our city can take to achieve a more equitable future.

Featuring:

Gloria Bruce

Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO). EBHO is the leading advocacy coalition promoting affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Irene Cheng

Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, and co-editor, Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present

Carol Galante

I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, UC Berkeley, and Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Former Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama.

Moderated by Sarah Karlinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, SPUR (the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association)

For more information: email piedmontracialequity@gmail.com.

Sep 13 2020

A 2013 study by the Water Research Foundation on the effects of Wildfires on water covered many aspects including smoke.  Read the report here.

Some Piedmonters capture rainwater in winter to use for watering their garden in summer.  For most this water was already used and their rain barrels are empty.   The Health Department of Western Australia offered the following advice during their wildfires:

Water in rainwater tanks on your property can be contaminated during or after a bushfire, either indirectly by ash, smoke, debris or directly by fire and fire fighting activities.

If there is any risk of contamination, do not use water from your rainwater tank for the following activities:

  • drinking
  • preparing foods
  • making ice
  • washing and bathing
  • cleaning teeth
  • watering animals.

Read more here.

Sep 9 2020

City Council Seeks Volunteers for New Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee

Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

Have ideas for pedestrian or bicycle safety, sidewalks, access, streets, parked vehicles, stop signs, etc.?

The City Council of Piedmont is looking for a few talented volunteers to serve on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee which will assist in the preparation of the City’s updated Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP). This process is expected to begin in October 2020 and go through May 2021.

The efforts of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will focus on assisting staff and City consultants with the development of the PBMP Update, specifically in reviewing and providing feedback on the following materials:

1. Community needs assessment.

2. Draft action plan of recommendations.

3. Opportunities for public participation and input regarding the draft action plan of recommendations.

4. Public draft of the PBMP Update document.

5. Opportunities for public participation and input regarding the public draft of the PBMP Update document.

In establishing this committee, the City Council called out two specific groups it is looking to see represented on the Committee, in addition to residents:

• Piedmont High School and Millennium High School Students Residing in Piedmont

• Current or Former Members of the Planning Commission, Public Safety Committee, and/or CIP Review Committee

Interested residents may view the City Council resolution establishing the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, 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 deadline of Friday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m.  See links below.

Interviews with the City Council for these positions will be scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 30, 2020. No appointments will be made without a Council interview.

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

Notice of Appointive Vacancies 2020 – PBAC

Commission Application 2020 PBAC

2020-09-04 PBAC Recruitment

Sep 8 2020

– Bay Area Air Quality District Warns Unhealthy Air Continues –

The Air District is extending the Spare the Air Alert for ozone, or smog, through  Wednesday, September 9. This sets a new record of 23 consecutive Spare the Air Alert days.

To find out whether a Spare the Air Alert is in effect:

  • Visit the Spare the Air website
  • Call 1-800-HELP-AIR, or 1-877-4NO-BURN (466-2876) for wood-burning bans
  • Download the Spare the Air app for iPhone or Android and check the air quality status on your smart phone
  • Sign up for Air Alert notifications by email
  • Connect with Spare the Air on social media (see social media links at top right of Spare the Air website)
  • Subscribe to Spare the Air Text Alerts

 

 

Sep 5 2020

Reduce Electricity Use To Reduce Blackouts this Labor Day Weekend 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom asks citizens to avoid using electrical appliances between 3 pm and 9 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

California can’t acquire extra electric capacity from Arizona or Washington states, because they have no excess capacity as they are also dealing with heat.  Smoke cover, as well as nightfall, reduces solar generation and light breezes reduce wind turbine output.

“Three things you can do to help prevent power outages this Labor Day weekend:

  • Pre-cool your home at 72° overnight
  • In the morning turn your A/C to 78° or higher from 3-9 pm
  • Avoid major appliance use from 3-9 pm”

Learn more about FlexAlert > here

Aug 29 2020

Thursday, Sept 3rd 6 pm Citizens May Ask a Question about the Proposed Climate Action Building Code Modifications, Reach Codes.

Sign in to the ZOOM platform (see instruction below) to follow the meeting.

To Ask a Question, click the “Raise Your Hand” button.

City Announcement:

City of Piedmont staff will host a virtual Town Hall on September 3rd at 6:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for Piedmont residents to learn more about the proposed Reach Codes. 

During and since the Council’s consideration of the Reach Codes on July 20th several questions have been raised. The Town Hall will provide an opportunity for those questions to be answered. Following a short presentation addressing some of the issues, a panel will provide responses to questions submitted by attendees. 

Residents can view the screening by tuning to KCOM TV, Comcast channel 27 or AT&T channel 99. Residents can watch on the Zoom platform by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84001381498

Please visit the City website to find more information on the City’s Climate Action program and the proposed Reach Codes. On the Reach Codes webpage you will find links to several documents, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Reach Codes that was updated on August 20th.

Sincerely,

Kevin Jackson, AICP, Planning & Building Director

City of Piedmont, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

Tel: (510) 420-3039, Fax: (510) 658-3167

Aug 29 2020

Covid- 19 has brought a change to the usual Piedmont Harvest Festival, but there are many ways to have fun and participate in this years festival.  Click below for full details.

2020-08-24 Virtual Harvest Festival to Replace In Person Event for 2020