Jul 22 2019

Public Safety Committee Agenda Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:30 p.m. City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

The meeting will not be broadcast, however the meeting is open to the public.  Minutes are kept of the meeting.

AGENDA:  7-25-19 PSC Agenda

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.

1. Election of Chair Pro Tempore for July 25, 2019 Public Safety Committee Meeting

2. Approval of Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes for 3/5/19, 3/28/19, & 5/30/19Public Safety 2019-03-05 DRAFT    Public Safety 2019-03-28 DRAFT  Public Safety 2019-05-30 DRAFT

3. Update on ALPR & Public Safety Cameras

4. Update on PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)PG&E Public-Safety-Power-Shutoff-Fact-Sheet

5. Update on Police Department Social Media

6. Update on National Night OutTuesday, August 6  – For more information contact Sergeant Bolden at nbolden@piedmont.ca.gov

7. Update on Get Ready, Piedmont Guide http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/fire/docs/get-ready-piedmont.pdf

8. Update on Map Your Neighborhood Announcements, old business and consideration of future agenda items

Jul 21 2019

12 Remaining Beneficiaries –

The Piedmont Police & Fire Pension Board will meet Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue. The meeting will not be broadcast, however it is open to the public. Minutes are kept of the meetings. 

This board will continue as long as there are retirees or dependents who are covered by the old plan established prior to Piedmont entering CalPERS. 

 Board membership of five individuals includes representatives from both the Police and Fire Departments and one appointed position, typically Piedmont’s mayor.  The Board meets quarterly and will continue as long as there are retirees or dependents who are covered by the discontinued plan.

For the last quarter, there were only 12 remaining beneficiaries of the Piedmont Police and Fire Pension fund.  See Finance Director’s Memo 719.

“The representatives of Osterweis Capital Management reported April 24, 2019 on the Police Trust Fund Report and Fire Pension Fund which was valued at $12,773,842, which is up 9.65% for the quarter. They reported that the Other Post Employment Benefits Trust was valued at $8,576,719, which is up 10.32% for the quarter.”

Agenda:

1. Approval of minutes for 4/24/2019  Pension Board minutes 2019-04-24 DRAFT 719

2. Acceptance of Participant Report, summarizing benefits paid in the 4th Quarter of FY 18/19 and current number of beneficiaries Finance Director’s Memo 719

3. Acceptance of the 2nd Quarter 2019 Report of Pension Fund Investments by Osterweis Capital Management

4. Acceptance of the 2nd Quarter 2019 Report of Other Post Employment Benefits Investments by Osterweis Capital Management

For further information, contact:

Michael Szczech Finance Director mszczech@piedmont.ca.gov (510) 420-3045
Jul 16 2019

PG&E Warns EBMUD and Piedmont Customers of Planned Power Outages of 2 to 5 days –

PG&E may turn off electricity in designated areas when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted (such as Red Flag Warnings, low humidity, high winds, and dry conditions). The specific areas and number of affected customers will depend on weather conditions and which circuits PG&E turns off for public safety. These precautions are called Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).

EBMUD has an action plan should we lose power. While PSPS is focused on high fire-threat areas, outages may affect any of our water facilities. Outages are expected to last up to two days; depending on weather conditions and power restoration efforts, however, some outages may last longer.

A PSPS event could force EBMUD to switch to backup generators and pumps to power pumping plants, water treatment plants and other key facilities to keep water flowing, maintain storage and fire flow, and keep water distribution lines pressurized. 

What can you do?

Before a PSPS event:

  1. Make sure your contact information is updated with EBMUD a1nd your local energy company.
  2. Store a minimum of two gallons of water per person per day, enough to last three to seven days, and don’t forget your pets. The more water you can store, the better.
  3.  Identify your unique/critical water needs and plan ahead.
  4. Clear property of excess, dead and highly flammable vegetation. Trim grass and vegetation at least 30 feet around your home.
  5.  If you have a backup generator, test it and ensure it’s ready to operate safely.

If you are affected by a PSPS event:

  1. Minimize water use during an event to leave as much water in the reservoirs as possible for firefighting.
  2. Shut off irrigation.
  3. Reduce indoor water use.
  4. Stay tuned; there will be ongoing updates available through social media, news media and on EBMUD’s website.After a PSPS event:
    1. Restock your water supplies
    2. Prepare for the next PSPS event
    3. Reset your irrigation controller while resetting other electronics to prevent overwatering
    4. Check regularly for updates from EBMUD and PG&E
Jun 25 2019

WARNING ABOUT FIREWORKS!

As we approach the Fourth of July, it is tempting use fireworks. If you hadn’t heard, all forms of fireworks are prohibited in Piedmont. An average of seven people are killed in firework-related accidents every year in California– don’t let this terrible tragedy happen in your neighborhood.

The Piedmont Fire and Police Departments wish to reiterate that ALL fireworks are illegal in the City of Piedmont. “Safe and Sane” are also prohibited and pose a dangerous fire hazard.

Modifying or launching fireworks into the air can be enforced as misdemeanors or even felonies. Those caught with fireworks can be fined from $1,000 to $10,000 and in certain cases, face imprisonment.

You can help keep our community safe by:
• Not using any type of fireworks
• Calling the police to report use of fireworks by others
• Reducing fuel sources – keep grass and vegetation maintained at your home

Piedmont Police and Fire Departments will have officers working on the 4th of July, dedicated to enforcement. Please report illegal fireworks by calling (510)420-3000

All residents are encouraged to surrender fireworks. If you have fireworks, please come to the fire station and turn them in to the firefighters. You will be reprieved from citation for fireworks surrendered at the fire station.

There are free fireworks displays at both the Berkeley Marina and the San Francisco Wharf on July 4th at 9:00pm!

Jun 21 2019

June 22nd Dial  1 + 510 + phone number…

Beginning on June 22nd, Piedmonters will be required to change their dialing habits, both on landline and mobile phones, when making a phone call. This is the result of the new 341 area code being overlaid on to the 510 area code, which is running out of numbers for assignment.

  • Calls to 911 will not be affected in any way. Both landline and mobile phones will still be able to call 911 without having to dial any additional digits.
  • Landline users will have to dial eleven digits to make a local call. For example, to reach City Hall, a resident will need to dial – 1 (510) 420-3040. 
  • Mobile phone users will have to dial either eleven digits, similar to a landline, or ten digits, (510) 420-3040 to reach City Hall.

With the proliferation of mobile computing and telephony devices, each requiring its own telephone number, the 510 area code is projected to shortly run out of numbers. Rather than geographically separating area codes, the current practice is to overlay a new area code over an existing one. The overlay of one area code onto another allows existing numbers to remain the same, while providing additional numbers for future assignment.

Residents with devices that are preprogrammed to call a telephone number, such as medical and security monitoring systems, gates, call forwarding services, and or voicemail services should contact their provider to ensure that their systems have been updated before the mandatory ten or eleven digit dialing comes in to effect.

The introduction of the 341 area code will not change the cost of calls, or what is considered a local call.

Jun 18 2019

Piedmont pieces together funding for Oakland Avenue Bridge pedestrian railings and accepts bid for the installations.  The railings will be on both sides of the bridge sidewalks.

To view the railing design and read the contract, click below:

06/17/19 – Consideration of a Resolution Awarding the Contract for the Oakland Avenue Bridge Pedestrian Railing Project to Valentine Corporation in the Amount of $343,369, Approving an Overall Budget for the Project, and Determining that the Project is Exempt from the Requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act

Jun 18 2019

Goats For Fire Load Reduction

The City of Piedmont has retained the services of some highly trained, four legged grass-eaters to reduce the fire load on City property near Coaches Field, the skate park, and the Corporation Yard. They will begin work on June 15th.

Photo of Goats!

If you are in the area, please do not feed the goats, they are not pets and aren’t friendly. Also, please do not touch the fencing, it is electrified.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Piedmont Fire Department at (510)420‐3030.


May 28 2019

Public Safety Committee

Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, City Hall

This meeting will not be broadcast.  The public is welcome to attend and participate. 

Agenda:

  1. Election of Chair Pro Tempore for May 30, 2019 Public Safety Committee Meeting
  2. Update on Tobacco Grant Funding of Juvenile Officer
  3. Presentation on Fire Season Preparation and Flyer
  4. Update from the Public Safety Camera Subcommittee

>Fire Season Flyer 2019

>Public Safety Camera Correspondence

Roster 

Council Liaison: Jen Cavenaugh – jcavenaugh@piedmont.ca.gov – (VM) 420-3048

Chief of Police Jeremy Bowers – jbowers@piedmont.ca.gov – (W) 420-3010
Fire Chief Bret Black – bblack@piedmont.ca.gov – (W) 420-3030

Amal Smith, School District Appointment

Shanti Brien

Lori Elefant

Jeffrey Horner

Chris Houlder

Garrett Keating

Lynne Wright, Chair

May 21 2019

Mayor Robert McBain announced the selection of Lyman Shaffer as Piedmont’s Civic Volunteer of the Year for 2019. This annual award recognizes a Piedmont resident for extraordinary service to the Piedmont community.

A resident of Piedmont for many years, Mr. Shaffer served on the City’s Public Safety Committee from 2013-2017, and as Chair 2014-2017. Since that time, he has devoted countless hours to help Piedmonters prepare their neighborhoods for disasters.

The 2019 Piedmont Civic Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented at the City of Piedmont Volunteer Recognition Ceremony where those who serve on City Commissions and Committees and the winners of the annual Betty C. Howard Award for services to the Piedmont Recreation Department will be recognized. The Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Piedmont Community Hall on June 4th.

May 18 2019

May 20, 2019 – City Council consideration.

The original concept of funding a School Resource Officer (SRO) to accomplish the goals and objectives of the grant was fully supported by the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent. Significant public concern arose during the public process of bringing the matter of an SRO program, which would have been “housed” on the school campuses, to the School Board. The concerns were primarily focused on the SRO being armed on campus, a concern about the criminalization for school disciplinary issues, concern over possible targeting of minority students, and the lack of a Health Educator component aligned with the school districts strategic plan.

On February 24, 2019, the PUSD Board of Education voted 4-1 against the SRO model where the position would be housed on a campus. Board President Amal Smith provided direction to Superintendent Booker to continue discussions with Chief Bowers to determine the feasibility of an alternative model which addressed the concerns raised. Acknowledging the concerns and also understanding the challenges and opportunities which exist, Chief Bowers in collaboration with Superintendent Booker agreed to propose the following modifications:

• Instead of an SRO, the Department would establish a Juvenile Officer position which would be “housed” within the police department rather than on the PUSD campus.

On May 8, 2019, the PUSD Board of Education met to consider acceptance of the grant funds available through the modification. Superintendent Booker presented a 2-year plan which contained specific goals and accompanying actions to accomplish the goals (see Attachment #4). The plan included several actions which would be implemented in partnership and collaboration with the police department and specifically, the Juvenile Officer.

Examples of the specific actions include:

• The establishment of a diversion program for youth caught vaping, using drugs or alcohol on campus

• Analysis and implementation of vaping mitigation efforts such as possibly installing sensors which detect when someone is vaping

• Partner in the delivery of classroom lessons identified to meet the California Health Standards in PUSD

Read the full report for the May 20, 2019 Council meeting by clicking below:

05/20/19 – Consideration of the Acceptance of a State of California Tobacco Grant to Fund a Juvenile Officer in the Police Department for Three Years in Cooperation with the Piedmont Unified School District

For questions, contact Jeremy Bowers, Chief of Police Piedmont Police Department 403 Highland Avenue Piedmont, CA 94611 (510)420-3010 jbowers@piedmont.ca.gov

READ the entire agenda by clicking below:

http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/html/govern/agendas/2019-05-20.pdf