Park and Landscape Maintenance Request for Proposals

The City of Oakley invites Proposals from qualified landscape maintenance contractors for Park and Landscape Maintenance Services in accordance with the specifications, conditions, and proposal instructions set forth in this RFP, for the publicly maintained landscaping, parks, street medians, open spaces, and right-of-ways for the various Landscape and Lighting Zones, Community Facility Districts, and City-Wide Parks, throughout the City.

Proposals will be accepted until 2 PM, Monday, October 22, 2018 at 3231 Main Street, Oakley, CA 94561

Link to RFP:

For more information contact:

Jesse Dela Cruz

Park and Landscape Superintendent

City of Oakley


Free Wood Chips

Oakley Residents Offered Free Wood Chips to Help with Drought!

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, September 15 2018 ‐ 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.”

Registration Now Open for 2018 Leadership Academy

The City of Oakley is inviting residents to participate in the 2018 Leadership Academy. The Academy is a free, interactive civic education program designed to provide those who live and work in Oakley with a breadth of background and knowledge of the intricacies of City operations and processes. The purpose of the Academy is to provide an interesting perspective into the working of Oakley, to develop civic leadership, and to build a stronger community through well-informed and engaged residents.

The academy consists of eight sessions, including a graduation ceremony. Each session will be two hours in length, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served to the participants and a break mid-way through the evening will be scheduled. We will meet for the first time on Tuesday, September 4th and thereafter on the first, third, and fifth Tuesdays of each month through Tuesday, November 20th. Graduating participants will be recognized during the December 11, 2018 City Council Meeting.

Class size is limited to the first 25 respondents, on a fist-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Monday, August 27th.

To participate, an applicant must be at least 16 years of age, live or work within the boundaries of the City of Oakley, and commit to attending the entire series.

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Marquez-Suarez at 925-625-7007 or

Academy Schedule

Academy Flyer

Register Now by Clicking Here!

Heart of Oakley Art Contest

Elementary, Middle and High School students are invited to enter the Heart of Oakley Art Contest. For Elementary age children there are color pages linked below that you can complete and return to the Recreation Division office, or for more advanced artists you can come up with an original piece to submit.

Entry rules and information:

  • Preschool and Elementary age students may color one of the pages at the bottom of this page using crayons, markers or colored pencils.
  • Middle and high school students, as well as adults are invited to create original artwork that conveys the theme My Heart of Oakley.
  • Artists may use pencil, chalk, water color, acrylics, etc. to express what makes Oakley special!
  • Maximum size is 12” X 18” matted. No frames or glass will be accepted.
  • All submissions must be family friendly. No nude or lewd images permitted. No political or commercial statements allowed. Organizers have the right to disqualify any inappropriate art or writing as they deem necessary.
  • All coloring sheets will be accepted until September 19th, other artwork may be submitted between September 17 – 19, 8:00am – 5:00pm. All work that has not been claimed by 4:00pm on September 28th will be discarded.


  • A panel of judges will consider creativity and how the art relates to the theme.
  • Contact information must be on the back of the artwork for judging. Artwork with identification information on the front will not be eligible for judging.
  • First place winners will be announced on September 20th. The first place winners in the elementary school age group will receive a $25 gift card, winners in the middle school and older age categories will receive a $50 gift card!
  • All winners will be contacted by phone or email so be sure your entry form is complete and legible.

Download Entry Form here.

Submit entry forms to:  City of Oakley, 3231 Main St. Oakley CA 94561, Attn:  Cindy Tumin or email to: will be displayed at the Heart of Oakley event at the Civic Center on Saturday, September!

Coloring Sheet Option 1

Coloring Sheet Option 2

Coloring Sheet Option 3

Coloring Sheet Option 4

Four steps to take if you find a dead bird


Dead birds are often the first sign of West Nile virus

 Step One

You find a dead bird. What do you do? Here in Contra Costa County, the first step is to call 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473) or go online to report the bird to the California West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline. As you submit the information, the Hotline operator determines if the bird could be a good candidate for testing.

Step Two

The District receives information about birds deemed suitable for testing soon after the report is submitted. We assign a District employee to pick up the bird.

Step Three

Once the bird arrives at the District, the laboratory staff inspect the bird to determine if the reported information is correct. On occasion, the bird is not the species that was reported and cannot be tested. Most birds, however; are the correct species and can be tested. Our entomologist performs a preliminary test and then sends the bird to U.C. Davis for confirmation of West Nile virus infection. U.C. Davis typically informs the District if the bird had West Nile virus within a week.

Step Four

Once the District receives confirmation that a dead bird was infected with West Nile virus, we post the results on the District website and District employees place mosquito traps in the neighborhood near where the bird was reported to collect mosquitoes to test for virus if needed. We increase efforts to find young larval mosquitoes in nearby water sources and we let the person who reported the bird know that the bird tested positive for West Nile virus.

A Few of Your Questions Answered    

What Makes a Bird a Good Candidate for Testing?

  • The bird is a raven, crow, jay or magpie which is in the Corvid family and is a species that can be susceptible to West Nile virus.

When Will the Bird Get Picked Up?

  • Dead birds are often picked up on the same day as the report, but may be picked up the following day if the report reaches the District late in the day.
  • There are no bird pickups on weekends or holidays.

 What if No One Calls Me Back

  • If a District employee picks up the bird, but within a week, no one has called back, the bird may not have been suitable for testing or did not have West Nile virus.

Even in cases when a District employee does not pick up a reported bird, the reports are still very important because they still provide information to help the District conduct prevention and control efforts. Not all birds are tested but all reports are valuable.

Oakley Farmers’ Market is now open for your shopping convenience!

You’ve been waiting for it, now it’s a reality! Your own community farmers’ market is now serving you every Saturday morning from 8-noon and is located in the City Hall Parking Lot at 3231 Main Street

Please check out this brand new market which has a great deal to offer! All your in season stone fruit like cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines and pluots are at there peek season, delicious and sweet. With Bay Fresh Producer and West Coast Berry Farms of Salinas, the Oakley Farmers’ Market offers some of the most delectable strawberries you will find anywhere! Vasquez Lopez of Watsonville brings raspberries, blackberries and blueberries to the market!

Esquivel Organic Vegetable Farm of Gilroy will have a full array of delicious and nutritious vegetables beginning tomorrow! Marella beekeepers offers raw and local honey and have hives on the Oakley/Antioch border!

The Oakley Farmers’ Market features delicious baked goods from Dore Bakery of Brentwood with authentic French pastries! The owner did her culinary training and became a pastry chef in Paris! With Parisian style tarts, cinnamon rolls, scones, croissants and savory offerings like quiche and ham & Cheese croissants, you will not be disappointed! Bon Ami Baking Company of Pittsburg is another French Bakery who provides baked goods for such noted clients as the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley and the San Francisco International Airport, their breads are hearty and super substantial French, Sourdough, baguette style and whole wheat varieties!

Try Oaxacan Tamales for your lunch! They are some of the most unique and tasty tamales you will find as they originate form Southwestern Mexico and are wrapped in a banana leaf which helps to maintain the moisture in the masa which brings out a unique, fresh taste in every bite, add mole for an additional flavor sensation!

Starting tomorrow, just in time for the hot weather, Kian’s Shaved Ice of Oakley joins the fun! With assorted flavors of shaved Ice and delicious toppings , this is perfect for the kids and adults alike with 100 degree weather on the horizon.

The Oakley Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 8 til noon and takes place in the Oakley City Hall Parking lot located at 3231 Main Street! If you have any questions or you have interest in participating in our community farmers’ market, please call Bill Harlow at 408-831-8741 or email  We hope to see you there!

Oakley’s Farmers’ Market Continues

City of Oakley residents enjoyed the first Oakley Farmers Market on Saturday, June 2nd at the Oakley Civic Center. The market was put on by All Bay Farmers Market Association, who plans to continue offering the market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1pm through December 29th. The market is sponsored by the Oakley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oakley, and will operate rain or shine. On this first occasion, the event was well attended and enjoyed. As publicity for the market spreads throughout the community, it is anticipated that attendance will increase. There is ample parking for the market in the Civic Center complex, as well as on Main Street.

The parking map below shows parking areas available for market customers.

For more information about the market or to become a vendor, contact Bill Harlow at (408) 831‐8741 or You can also follow the market on


The City of Oakley is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on the Contra Costa County Advisory Council

The City of Oakley is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging for the remainder of the current term which expires October 11, 2019. The application deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. Applications will be considered by the Oakley City Council on June 26, 2018 at its regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall located at 3231 Main Street, Oakley, California. Applicants are encouraged to attend to be interviewed.

The Advisory Council on Aging is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise them on all matters associated with the planning, development and administration of programs relating to older adults in accordance with the Older Americans Act. The Advisory Council on Aging meets the third Wednesday of each month, 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. in Pleasant Hill, California. Additional information may be obtained by visiting the County’s website at or by phone at (925) 602-4172.

Applicants should be aware that upon appointment, an additional application and disclosure documents are required to be completed for the County. For details, please contact Staff Representative Jaime Ray at (925) 602-4172.

Applications are available at the Oakley City Clerk’s Office located at 3231 Main Street, Oakley, California or on the City’s website by clicking here. For questions regarding applications, please contact Libby Vreonis at or
(925) 625-7013.

Application for Appointment by the Oakley City Council to the Board of Trustees for Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District

The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District Board is dedicated to preserving the health and welfare of residents by reducing the risk of diseases spread by insects and animals and offers services to the public to control insects and animals in a responsible, environmentally-conscious manner.

The term of the current trustee to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District Board will expire May 6, 2018. The City of Oakley is accepting applications for a trustee to the Board until Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5 p.m. Applications will be considered by the Oakley City Council on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at its regularly scheduled meeting in which applicants are encouraged to attend to be interviewed.

An applicant must be a Contra Costa County taxpayer and at least the voting age of 18 with an interest in any of the following areas: public health, public policy, wetlands, farming, community education, finance, personnel or land development. The member of the Board appointed by the City shall be an elector and resident of the City of Oakley.

The Board of Trustees meet the second Monday evening of every other month. Meetings are held at the District office, 155 Mason Circle, Concord, California. Trustees may also serve on committees which meet approximately twice a month or as needed.

Trustees may be appointed for terms of two years or four years. If appointed to serve a first term, the trustee may serve for two years and may serve additional terms of two years or four years.

Trustees serve without compensation, but are allowed limited expenses for actual travel in connection with meetings or business of the Board.

Applications are available on the City’s website, by clicking here and at City Hall. For additional information, please contact Libby Vreonis, City Clerk at (925) 625-7013 or

Shape the Next Strategic Plan from the Comfort of your Home through Engage in Oakley!

It’s time to develop the City of Oakley’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and you can help! This important document dictates the direction and priorities of the City for the following two-year period.

We are asking every resident to take the time to visit Engage in Oakley, the City’s online engagement platform and participate in two prompts. One prompt will ask you to rank the ten Areas of Focus. Relay the importance each has to you in this two minute exercise. For example is Public Safety more or less important to you than Planned Quality Growth? How would you rate Business and Job Growth relative to the aforementioned?

Next, read the goals for each Area of Focus and offer feedback. Recommendations from the public offered two years ago led to the City Council adopting language changes. You may have an idea we haven’t yet thought of.

The next most important step in developing this plan will be our Community Wide Strategic Planning Meeting. Please save the date to join us in person to offer action items for each of the areas you would have just reviewed through Engage in Oakley! The meeting will be Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Freedom High School multi-purpose room.

Thank you for caring and for participating!!