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Purchase Taste of Oakley Tickets

The 3rd annual Taste of Oakley will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 6 – 8pm at City Hall, 3231 Main Street.

Join us as we sample delicious food from a variety of local restaurants, caterers and grocers. Tickets are $10 and space is limited to 100 guests.  Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or in person at City Hall.  This event has sold out each year so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!

The following businesses will be participating – Lucia’s Baked Delights, Lucky Supermarkets, Tasha’s Dynamite Bakery, Taquiza Limon, C & C BBQ, Grocery Outlet, 2 Legit 2  BBQ, Jalisco’s, Sabrina’s Pizzeria and Black Bear Diner.

For  more information, call Cindy at (925) 625-7044 or email: Coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us

City of Oakley Community Choice Energy Public Workshop

Community Choice Energy (CCE) is a program that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure electricity for their customers while maintaining the existing electricity provider, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, for customer billing, transmission and distribution services. The State of California passed legislation in 2002 (Assembly Bill 117) that permits local agencies to form CCE programs for their communities.  The City of Oakley City Council is currently exploring three options:  1) join MCE Clean Energy (https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/), 2) join East Bay Community Energy (http://www.ebce.org/), or 3) remain with PG&E.

City Staff, along with MCE Clean Energy and East Bay Community Energy representatives will be hosting a public workshop to explain each program and look for comments and questions from the public.

Meeting Time:  Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Meeting Location:  At the Civic Center Council Chambers located at 3231 Main Street, Oakley, CA 94561.

Where to find more information about Community Choice Energy:  The City of Oakley has also prepared a Community Choice Aggregation website accessed through this link:  http://www.ci.oakley.ca.us/community-choice-aggregation/. This webpage has several resources including a Frequently Asked Questions area, links to MCE Clean Energy and East Bay Community Energy as well as past Staff Reports presented to the City Council.

Questions:  If you have any questions, or if you would like more information, please contact Joshua McMurray, Planning Manager at 925-625-7004 or by email at mcmurray@ci.oakley.ca.us.  If you can’t make the meeting, please forward your comments in writing to the address or e-mail address above.

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Nominations

The Oakley Youth Advisory Council  is accepting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, to honor the outstanding youth volunteers who make a positive impact in Oakley.

Who Can Receive an Award?

  • Middle or high school students who live in the City of Oakley and volunteer in Oakley and the surrounding east county communities.
  • Nominees must provide outstanding volunteer service to their neighborhoods, communities, schools, and/or agencies, without being paid for it.
  • Current OYAC members may not receive awards.

What is “Outstanding Volunteer Service”?

  • Outstanding means that the service is meaningful to the nominee and significant to the recipient.
  • The nominee may have done volunteer work despite challenging personal circumstances, or may have done work that was really helpful, or was unique.

How Do I Nominate Someone?

  • Fill out the attached form. It can be emailed to Bruno@ci.oakley.ca.us, or sent to 3231 Main Street, Oakley, Ca 94561, by Wednesday April 19th at 5pm. The form is available on line by clicking here.
  • Anyone unrelated to the nominee, except a current OYAC member, can submit a nomination.

Selection Process & Awards Info

  • All nominees receive a letter of recognition informing them of their nomination.
  • Up to three outstanding youth volunteers will be selected by OYAC members to receive an award based on their personal commitment and their positive impact on the community.
  • Award winners will also receive a prize valued at $100.

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, April 19th at 5pm
Submit nominations to:
OYAC Attn: Lindsey Bruno
3231 Main Street
Oakley CA 94561
Email: Bruno@ci.oakley.ca.us

Oakley City Council Has Not voted to support a Reallocation of Property Taxes

Contrary to an inaccurate press release from the East County Voters group (ECV) and a misleading headline by the East Bay Times, the Oakley City Council has yet to take a position on a reallocation of property tax to help fund the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD).

The City recognizes its role in staying engaged in conversations and evaluating proposals that could help improve the financial struggles of the ECCFPD; however, a property tax reallocation could have significant impacts on other public entities, especially to the local schools.  For example, a reallocation proposal made by the ECV group would take over $5,000,000 from the local schools each year.  The City Council would not vote on such a drastic measure without further conversations with the school districts and an open and fair discussion with the community about the impact of such a reallocation. Other public entities receiving property tax would have to also be involved.

Mayor Sue Higgins explains, “The City of Oakley is committed to being actively involved in discussions which explore improved funding and services for ECCFPD, however we have a responsibility to be prudent in our evaluation of all proposals. While we discussed the idea of reallocation, no action was taken. It is very hard to weigh such essential services like education provided by schools, to police services provided by cities, to fire services provided by the fire district against one another.”

At the work session held by the Oakley City Council on February 28th, the City Council agreed to send a letter to our state legislators, as a follow up to a letter sent late last year by ECCFPD, asking for the Legislature to consider proposals to assist ECCFPD.  Assembly Member Jim Frazier has submitted a bill request that will be later defined. The City Council also asked City staff to extend an invitation to the Assembly Member and/or his staff to make a presentation to the Council, when the bill is ready for formal submission.

The City Council did not vote to support a property tax reallocation.

Oakley’s Got Talent

The Oakley Youth Advisory Council is hosting the 1st Oakley’s Got Talent competition on Saturday, May 20th during the annual “Relay for Life” fundraiser.  The event is held at in the football stadium at Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Road.

Do you sing, play an instrument or have a special hidden talent?  Individuals and groups are welcome!  Applicants will be required to audition on March 8th at 5pm at City Hall, 3231 Main Street.  Performance application forms are available by clicking here.

For more information, call (925) 625-7042.