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Free Session of Summer Camp

At the May 10th City Council meeting the City Council voted to allow Oakley residents to get one free session per child of summer camp this year (one session = one week). Registration is open now! All residents need to do is fill out a registration form and email it to rec1@ci.oakley.ca.us. Standard fees apply for any additional sessions parents may want to register their children for and those registrations can be completed at www.ci.oakley.ca.us/registration.

Additional information about each of the camps is in the photo below. Registration for non-residents will open on Friday, May 27th.  

Oakley Cityhood Celebration Transforms into Summer Fest

The City of Oakley is excited to announce our new event, Oakley Summer Fest, happening Saturday, July 2nd from 11AM to 5PM. Oakley Summer Fest will be in Civic Center Plaza and on Main Street from O’Hara Ave to Vintage Parkway. This event will be a daytime six-hour family-friendly festival replacing our Cityhood Celebration.

This event is designed to be a celebration of summer and our Oakley community with a wide range of activities for attendees. We decided to locate this event in the heart of downtown to activate our downtown businesses and provide a safe environment for community members to enjoy.

This festival will include live music on the main stage, vintage car show on Main Street, a giant kids area, local artisan makers, and delicious food vendors. There will be no fireworks at this event.

Check out our website to learn more about Oakley Summer Fest: www.OakleySummerFest.com    

Interested vendors can create an account and fill out the application online at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/oakley-ca/catalog

Movies in the Plaza- May 7 Luca

Join us in Oakley Civic Center Plaza to enjoy a movie under the stars.  Our “Movies in the Plaza” series starts on Saturday,  May 7th with Disney’s Luca. Admission is FREE and movies begin at dark. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. For more information call 625-7041 or email bruno@ci.oakley.ca.us.  The series continues with monthly movies until October. Mark your calendars for a fun summer line up.

movie poster for Luca film. Children in water with sea creature features.

June 18- Jurassic Park

July 30- Sing 2

August 27- Black Panther

September 10- Raya and the Last Dragon

October 1- Encanto

Art in the Park Saturday April 23rd!

We’re excited to bring back our annual Rock the Chalk event as Art in the Park for 2022! ⁠

Stop by Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, April 23rd from 10AM to 1PM to come check out the local performances, artist showcase, live dance classes, and more!⁠

Stage Schedule:
10:15 AM: East County Performing Arts Class
10:35 AM: East County Performing Arts Performance
11:50 AM: Freedom High School: Improvables
12:15 PM: Stepz Fitness Dance Studio Combo
12:35 PM: Ghostlight Theater Ensemble

Rock the Chalk⁠: Watch live as artists create their masterpieces with chalk in the park.

Artist Showcase Exhibit: Come see works of art created by local artists!

Meet-An-Artist Walk: An opportunity for local artists to network with community members. This will solely be a networking opportunity and no goods or services may be sold. ⁠

Request for Proposals for Concession Services at four City events.

The City of Oakley is soliciting proposals from qualified non-profit organizations to operate beer and wine event beverage concession at Oakley Summer Fest, Heart of Oakley Festival, Harvest Festival and the Jingle Ball.

We are thrilled to introduce Oakley Summer Fest, the newest addition to our summer event line up. This event will replace the Cityhood Celebration formerly held on the first Saturday of July. As our events have continued to grow and evolve, we are excited to start new traditions with this fun downtown daytime festival.  This inaugural event is scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd and will include a Fun Run to kick off the day followed by the larger event from 11am-5pm on Main Street between Norcross Lane and Vintage Parkway that includes live entertainment, food and craft vendors, beer and wine, a children’s area, car show and more. 

The City of Oakley began hosting the Heart of Oakley Festival in 2013 and the event has continued to grow since. The last event was held in September 2022 with an estimated attendance of over 5,000. The event includes approximately 50 retail and informational vendors, food vendors, performances, kid’s activities and beer and wine sales.  The Heart of Oakley Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th  on Main Street between Vintage Parkway and Norcross Road.

The Harvest Festival, held on October 22nd, at Oakley Civic Center Plaza. This event includes a fun fall theme schedule of events like a pie walk, pumpkin decorating, costume parade, food and craft vendors and more. Typical attendance at this event is around 500, and this will be the first year that we add beer and wine sales to the event.

The Jingle Ball is a new event for the City of Oakley, providing local non-profit organizations an opportunity to raise funds for their organization by auctioning off a holiday tree, as well as provide an event that guests can come enjoy with entertainment, food and beer and wine.  The Jingle Ball is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th to be held at the Oakley Recreation Center 1250 O’Hara Ave.

This is a great opportunity for local non-profit organizations to get involved, publicize their organization and fundraise for the great causes that their organizations work on. The Oakley City Council may select one organization for all four events or may select a different organization for each event.

For more information download the full RPF here or contact the Recreation Division at 925-625-7041. If you are interested in receiving information for food, or craft vendor opportunities at future events click here to sign up to be added to our email list.

Suicide Prevention 101 Webinar for Parents

Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do

Please register for the upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event:  Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do.  This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources.  The webinar is provided in partnership with the California Department of Education, the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line.  The webinar is offered in English and Spanish.    

In English:

In Spanish:

Brochure “Suicide Prevention:  A Resource for Parents”:

Press Release: Oakley PD Shuts Down Sideshow and Seeks the Community’s Assistance in the Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

CONTACT: Felicia Escover, escover@ci.oakley.ca.us, (925) 625-7162

Two individuals were detained following a large sideshow that occurred on Saturday night. “Sideshows are destructive and disrespectful to the moral fabric of the community,” Chief of Police Paul Beard stated. “The Oakley Police Department takes the stance of enforcing all laws related to sideshow activities, including the impounding of vehicles associated with them. In this particular instance, we are grateful our officer was not injured, and he was able to rely upon his training to evade danger without anybody else being injured.”

On April 9, 2022, at 9:30 PM, Oakley police officers were dispatched to a sideshow occurring at Sellers Ave and East Cypress Road. The initial accounts reported as many as 200 vehicles and participants involved with the vehicles blocking traffic and doing doughnuts in the roadway.

The first responding officer observed modified vehicles doing doughnuts in the intersection and at least 60 persons out of their vehicles blocking the intersection in all directions to shut the road down and observe the vehicle operators’ criminal behaviors.

Upon seeing our initial presence, a few vehicles began to leave at high rates of speed and with disregard for other motorists in the area. As these vehicles left, a splinter group of sideshow observers approached our officer in his car. Our officer realized an attack upon him seemed imminent and attempted to accelerate and navigate around the crowd to avoid the attack. Our officer was able to maneuver out of the area without causing injury to others. Several sideshow observers did opt to attack our officer by jumping on the hood of his car and hitting the hood and windshield of his vehicle. Some sideshow observers tried to get into our officer’s vehicle by trying to open the driver’s side door to get to him. Our officer safely reversed his vehicle several hundred yards away and called for assistance even while attempting to evade this criminal behavior. A smaller crowd of sideshow observers chased after our officer on foot while he remained in his vehicle.

Upon the arrival of additional Oakley officers and with the assistance of Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, many of the sideshow participants spectators began to leave haphazardly and at high rates of speed. As law enforcement officers were coming into the area a single gunshot was heard being fired from the area of Sellers Ave and Riverrock Drive, where some of the sideshow participants had relocated to. Officers began to pursue a black BMW, thought to have been involved in the sideshow and responsible for the gunshot, and attempted to block it in on Riverrock Drive. The BMW was able to reverse out of the area and flee at a high-speed rate onto Sellers Ave. The BMW was observed colliding into a white Subaru and fleeing again, but now had major front-end damage and a flat tire.

Officers checked on the welfare of the occupants of the Subaru and found a .40 caliber Glock handgun with an extended magazine and one fired shell casing on the ground in the adjacent area. The BMW was then located, unoccupied, on the street in an adjacent neighborhood. The operator/passengers of the BMW are unknown, but a follow-up investigation is being done on the registered owners, who reside in Pittsburg.

Two males from Sacramento and Elk Grove were questioned and detained. Both of these men stated they heard about this sideshow on social media. Formal charges for being spectators at a sideshow event are being sought against these men through the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

For reference, a sideshow is defined as dangerous and illegal gatherings in which groups of drivers take over intersections, city streets, stretches of busy freeways, and/or parking lots to do reckless driving maneuvers with their cars, including burnouts and doughnuts. Sideshows are illegal in and of themselves, but they are often punctuated and associated with far worse crimes such as shootings, stabbings, and vehicular assaults. In other instances, sideshows have resulted in unintentional maiming of people due to participants losing control of their vehicles and striking the observers, who are always close to the illegal driving behaviors.

The Oakley Police Department requests information from anybody who may know the participants’ identities, specific vehicles, coordinators, or any social media announcements related to this sideshow at 925-625-8060 or opdtips@ci.oakley.ca.us.

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Grants for Nonprofits

The City of Oakley encourages local nonprofit organizations to apply for grants that address a wide range of community needs. The grant application process is simple and will help local organizations serve Oakley residents and businesses through their work.

The grants are funded by the City’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Last year, Oakley received $10.2 million in ARPA funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis. The City Council set aside $180,000 of these funds to support local nonprofits.

The City is now accepting applications from registered nonprofits for projects that meet grant guidelines and are aligned with the City’s goals and priorities. The maximum award of the one-time grants is $15,000 and priority will be given to projects that:

• Meet City priorities and community needs
• Support the most impacted populations
• Leverage and align with other funding sources
• Make the best use of these one-time resources
• Have a lasting impact

Application Deadline: May 19, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Informational Session: Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 4 to 5 p.m. | City Council Chambers – 3231 Main Street., Oakley, CA

The full proposal and application form can be found below.

Please reach out to Felicia Escover, escover@ci.oakley.ca.us, (925)625-7162 with any questions.

Share your feedback on the Housing Element online or at our Community Workshop!

The City of Oakley is in the process of updating the Housing Element for the 2023-2031 planning period. The Housing Element is our 8-year plan for how we will meet the housing needs of everyone in the community and shows how the City will accommodate its fair share of housing. The City is required by State law to identify specific sites where affordable housing may be built. As part of this Housing Element Update, Oakley will have to identify where and how approximately 440 affordable homes could be built to meet the State requirement.

At the community workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Housing Element and provide feedback that will help us prepare the plan.

Community Workshop*

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Location: Oakley Recreation Center, Room B

1250 O’Hara Ave, Oakley, CA 94561

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

*Spanish materials and interpretation will be available at the workshop.

Can’t make it to the workshop? Take our community survey online.

Online Survey

Available online on April 20, 2022

English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OakleyHE

Spanish – https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/OakleyHE_Espanol

Do you have questions, or would you like to learn more about the project?

Visit the project website (https://www.ci.oakley.ca.us/2023-2031-housing-element-update/) or contact the City’s Planning Manager, Ken Strelo, at 925-625-7036 or strelo@ci.oakley.ca.us for more information.

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

Are you ready to dig in?

The City of Oakley is partnering with Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery (MDRR) and Rotary Club Oakley to plant 20 trees to celebrate Earth Day, and we’d love for you to join us! If you’re interested, please fill out and return our volunteer waiver below and drop it off at City Hall. The City will supply the tools, trees, and various supplies needed for planting, and MDRR will provide light snacks and drinks. Please bring your sunscreen, hats, and gloves if desired, and please be prepared to get dirty.

Join us! It will be a fun way to celebrate Earth Day (on the day after), and it will be a great way to be a part of something that will last for years and years to come. For more details, check out the flyer below.

Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 4020 Summer Lake Drive, Oakley

If you have questions, please reach out to Jesse Dela Cruz at delacruz@ci.oakley.ca.us or (925) 625-7015.