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Dangerous Air Conditions
Anyone who has been out and about today has surely experienced some discomfort with our air quality as the fires in Butte County continue. At 4pm, we were advised that the Air Quality Index (AQI) for our community has reached the “Very Unhealthy” Range, with a particulate count of 239. We were also notified that certain areas of the Bay Area had reached the “Hazardous” rating for air quality. The national weather Service has advised us that smoke from the fires is traveling down the central valley and then being blown in through the Delta. The smoke that enters the Delta is not able to escape from the Bay Area because there is no off-shore wind. The national Weather Service expects this pattern to remain in our area until at least Tuesday.

Because we are in an “Unhealthy Range” – residents are asked to follow these guidelines: “People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.”

The best advice is to avoid being outside for prolonged periods of time and to avoid heavy exertion while you are outside. Air masks may help in filtering some of the materials that are in the air. A mask that is certified to N95 Standards is the best mask to use during this time period. These types of masks can be purchased at local hardware stores, but make sure it has the N95 rating for it to be effective. When wearing the mask, make sure the mask is tight fitting to your face – gaps or openings will diminish the effectiveness of the mask itself. Most masks are good for around eight hours of use.

Residents who want more information should visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management Disrict Website at www.baaqmd.gov.
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Oakley Police Chief Chris Thorsen has announced his retirement after more than 30 years serving the public in law enforcement. We wish him all the best and the public is invited to say goodbye at a special open house at City hall on Tuesday, November 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Chief Thorsen is leaving some big shoes to fill but we are pleased to announce the promotion of Oakley PD's own Capt. Eric Christensen, who was hired earlier this year with the intention of eventually transition to the "top cop" job as Thorsen had indicated he was retiring in 2018.

To learn more about Chief Thorsen's career and impact on Oakley, visit www.ci.oakley.ca.us/police-chief-to-retire-after-32-years-of-service/
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At this week's City Council meeting, we honored Jesse Zuniga for meritorious action. Zuniga, an off-duty law enforcement officer, stopped an armed man who attempted to rob the Starbucks at 2190 Main Street in September.

Zuniga was a customer in the coffee shop when he noticed a person with a bandanna over his face enter the store. He asked customers to leave and call the police. The masked suspect then jumped onto the counter and brandished a knife. Zuniga drew his firearm and disarmed him. No one was hurt in the incident.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Zuniga for helping keep Oakley safe!
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This week, we welcomed student Allison Franklin to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at this week's City Council meeting.

Allison is a seventh grader at O’ Hara Park Middle School. She is the daughter of Ben and Kristine Franklin. She has three sisters: Kirsten in college, Aubrey at Oakley Elementary, and Baby Cameron who is only 9 months old. She also has a brother Ben at Freedom High School.

Allison’s priorities are family and school. She often helps her mom with Aubrey and Cameron, does the shopping with mom, and spends weekends doing school work. Allison loves working in the Special Needs classroom where she is a Teacher’s Aide to Ms. Bryant. She makes copies, files, prepares instructional materials and assists students with academic activities. She is an example of a student who exemplifies her school motto “you matter.”
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