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The City Seeks Input via Resident Survey

The City Council and staff of the City of Oakley invite residents to chime in regarding various aspects of City operations. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 7, 2020.

Every two years, the City of Oakley conducts a Resident Satisfaction survey to measure residents’ satisfaction with the overall performance and satisfaction with specific services, as well as the quality of life. The survey is mailed out to a software-selected, random sample of 500 residents subscribed to garbage service.

The same survey is also available online (link below) for all residents to offer feedback. Thus, not excluding anyone that may not have been selected to receive the hard-copy to survey.

Answers are confidential. We encourage participation as the results of the survey are shared with the City Council and City departments for the purpose of making improvements. The results also help inform the priorities for the upcoming 2020- 2022 Strategic Plan.

The survey questions have remained unchanged over the years for benchmarking and comparison purposes; however, a few questions regarding the perception of immigrants were added as a grant requirement of the private foundations financially supporting the You, Me, We Oakley! (YMWO) initiative. YMWO is a cross-sector collaborative between the City and Police Department, local congregations, schools, non-profits. The program aims to build “community” and an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation between people regardless of race, religion, nationality, language, gender, age etc.

To participate in the survey click here.

2019 Oakley City Hall Holiday Closure

City Hall will be closed, except for the Police Department from 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 19th until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 6th. Limited inspections will be provided.

Building inspections will be available on Thursday, December 26th, Friday, December 27th, Thursday, January 2nd and Friday, January 3rd.  You can call in your building inspection requests to 925-625-7005, or email requests to:

martin@ci.oakley.ca.us , sanders@ci.oakley.ca.us and coan@ci.oakley.ca.us

Work will not be allowed on Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th, Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st, 2020.   

The Code Enforcement Division will be providing service calls concerning public health and safety issues on an as-needed basis.

The Public Works Department will also be providing capital project inspections on an as-needed basis. Please email all inspection requests to: duran@ci.oakley.ca.us.

Have a Happy Holiday Season and thank you!

Small Business Saturday

Oakley’s Economic Development department is supporting local small businesses through Small Business Saturday.  Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on Saturday, November 30th.

Small Business Saturday was first observed in 2010, as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.  “With such a large percentage of our businesses in the small business category, we’re always looking for ways to promote them to the community”, said Dwayne Dalman, Oakley’s Economic Development Manager.

Make sure and support the following Oakley businesses that are participating in the event:

  • Black Bear Diner
  • Buon Appetito Restaurant
  • Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop
  • La Costa
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Ace Hardware
  • Hook, Line & Sinker
  • Guanatos Ice Cream
  • Vida Nail Spa
  • Taquiza Limon
  • Great Clips
  • Sabrina’s Pizzeria
  • Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream
  • Los Charros
  • Savor House
  • Giant Donuts
  • Designer Cuts
  • Oakley Super Beauty Store
  • Providence Bar & Eatery
  • Muddy Paws Grooming
  • Les Schwab Tire Center
  • Lone Tree Carpets
  • Mabuhay Asian Store
  • House of Beauty
  • Tu Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
  • Two Amigos Western Work Wear
  • Guepardo Industrial Safety Footwear
  • True Edge Barber Shop
  • Oakley Bistro
  • Tortas Ahogadas

Free Wood Chips

Oakley Residents Offered Free Wood Chips

Need some wood chips/mulch for your landscaping? The City of Oakley and Diablo Water District have teamed with West Coast Arborists, Inc. (WCA) to offer free wood chips to spread as mulch around trees and shrubs.

The wood chips are from trees pruned and/or removed from the Oakley/Brentwood area. The chips are organic and coarse, and mixed with leaves and twigs, and the quality varies. It is not like the commercial bark products you purchase from a landscape store, but provides the same benefits ‐ retains moisture in the soil (minimizes evaporation), discourages grass and weeds from growing, protects roots from extreme cold or heat, reduces soil compactions, and slowly decomposes and releases nutrients into the soil.

Wood chips are available for pick‐up Saturday, November 23, 2019 ‐ 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., at the City Yard at the corner of Neroly Road and Main Street (entrance on Neroly). Depending on the response, more dates may be established. Residents need to bring their own tools/shovels and bags/containers to load and carry the mulch, and a tarp to cover if necessary. Initially we’re asking the public to not take more than 5 yards at a time. Supplies are limited.

Kelley Gilleran, Certified Arborist, WCA, said, “It’s best to apply a 4’ foot circle of chips around your tree and/or shrubs, at least 3” inches deep, and keeping it a few inches from the trunk.”

Free Wood Chips!

Wood chips are available for pick-up Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the City Yard at the corner of Neroly Road and Main Street (entrance on Neroly). Oakley residents need to bring their own tools/shovels and bags/containers to load and carry the mulch, and a tarp to cover if necessary. Residents are asked to not take more than 5 yards at a time.

Need Some Wood Chips/Mulch For Your Landscaping?

The City of Oakley and Diablo Water District teamed with West Coast Arborists, Inc. (WCA) will once again offer free wood chips!

Wood chips will be available for pick-up on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the City Yard at the corner of Neroly Road and Main Street (entrance on Neroly Rd). Oakley residents need to bring their own tools/shovels and bags/containers to load and carry the mulch, and a tarp to cover if necessary. Residents are asked to not take more than 5 yards at a time.

The wood chips are from trees pruned and/or removed from the Oakley/Brentwood area. The chips are organic, coarse, mixed with leaves and twigs, and the quality varies. It is not like the commercial bark products one might purchase from a landscape store, but provides the same benefits – retains moisture in the soil (minimizes evaporation), discourages weeds from growing, helps protect roots from extreme temperatures, reduces soil compaction, and slowly decomposes while releasing nutrients into the soil. Kelley Gilleran, Certified Arborist with WCA, said, “It’s best to apply a 4’ foot circle of chips around your tree and/or shrubs, at least 3” inches deep, and keeping it a few inches away from the trunk.”

Co-Working Space

The use of co-working spaces have expanded as a viable option in recent years, but some are not familiar with what it entails or the potential advantages.  A co-working space is a place where you can go as often as your schedule allows, sit down at a desk, couch or lounge chair and work among other entrepreneurs.  Some advantages that you may realize include the following:

Structure

Working from home presents an abundance of distractions. Keeping work separate from home allows you to keep structure in your life and provide you a reason to get out of the house.

Becoming More Effective

An office environment creates an energy and mindset that can only come from interacting with fellow workers. In a co-working space, where everyone is busy on their own passion projects, this energy can be contagious.

Avoiding Loneliness

It’s often said that the life of an entrepreneur can be a lonely one. Though you’ll be working on your own business, a co-working space surrounds you with like-minded people who have picked an independent lifestyle that matches yours.

Networking Through Co-working

Working alone places a barrier between you and people who could potentially help your business. Co-working puts you near people who might have vastly different skill-sets or solutions to problems, allowing you to “pick their brains”.

Flexibility

If you’re starting to consider office space, you may not be able to commit to a long-term lease, buy furniture and pay utility bills.  A co-working space takes care of these issues and allows you the flexibility you need at this stage of your business growth.