The City of Oakley learned on Thursday afternoon, February 22nd, that it was subject to a ransomware attack. The Information Technology Division (IT) is coordinating with law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals and actively investigating the severity of the issue.
Emergency services (911, police, fire, and ambulance) are not impacted.
The City is following industry best practices and developing a response plan to address the issue. In an abundance of caution, the City Manager has declared a local state of emergency, the City’s Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated, and IT has taken affected systems offline while we work to safely secure and restore services. While this work is being done, the public should expect delays in non-emergency services from the City. We are actively monitoring the situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
The City of Oakley has taken another step forward to bringing a new, state of the art library to the community. In July of 2022, Baker Tilly, now Management Partners, was hired to help the City prepare an initial feasibility analysis which was presented to the City Council on January 24, 2023. The City Council directed staff to focus on an option that would explore higher density, multi-family housing on the City block bound by O’Hara Avenue to the west, Acme Street to the north, 2nd Street to the east and Ruby Street to the south. The purpose of the housing portion of the project is to allow the City to utilize a Public Private Partnership (P3) model, which in this case would allow a developer to provide the City a public facility as part of a private development project. The new library would be located on the Civic Center campus, approximately in the location where the current City corporation yard sits.
The initial analysis was promising, and in an effort to continue with that work, the City hired a consulting team led by Urban Field Studio with Economic Planning Systems and HKIT Architects to further study how we can best create the most value for the O’Hara parcel and site plan the future library on the Civic Center campus. The focus of the secondary analysis was to explore further both the residential component of the project and how much realistic residual value the City could generate to help fund the construction of the new library. A variety of densities and product types were analyzed, and that information was presented to the City Council in November of 2023.
The City Council directed staff to continue to explore the project in addition to seeking funding opportunities. As part of this next phase of the project, our consultant team has prepared renderings of what the Oakley Library could look like as well as a conceptual site plan to give an idea of the potential floorplan of the facility. These renderings will be used by the City and supporters of this library effort, like the Friends of the Oakley Library, to gain support and secure funding for this exciting project.
The City Manager presented the 2023 City of Oakley Annual Report to the City Council on January 23, 2024. The Annual Report snapshot gives a general overview of the various services areas and types of work that occurred during the 2023 calendar year.
The City will hold its first Leadership Academy since 2019 this year. The Oakley Leadership Academy is a free, interactive civic education program for Oakley residents interested in learning about City operations. Click here for more information and to register.
The Oakley Recreation Division is seeking your input! Tell us what types of movies you would like to see more of at our Movies in the Plaza events. Take the survey below to share your thoughts with us.
The Junior Recreation Leader Program is designed to give students, ages 13 – 15, a chance to gain first hand experience in the recreation field, which can prepare them for a variety of jobs in several fields.
The City of Oakley wants to honor the graduating class of 2023! You have worked so hard for this moment and it’s your time to shine! Submit your senior portrait below to be highlighted on the Oakley Civic Center marquee.
The deadline for submissions is April 9th. Senior portraits will be displayed from April 17th and May 20th You will receive an email indicating what day of the week your submission will be displayed by April 16th.
* If you do not have a Google account please email the requested information to email@example.com. We are unable to accommodate photo changes after you click submit.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 9, 2023. IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING AFTER APRIL 9, YOUR PHOTO WILL BE ADDED BUT WILL NOT BE POSTED BY APRIL 16.
The City currently utilizes an at-large election system, which means that the electors from the entire City choose each of the five Councilmembers. The Councilmembers are eligible to hold office no matter where in the City they reside. A district-based election system, in contrast, is one in which the City is delineated into separate districts, each with one councilmember who resides in the district and is chosen by the electors residing in that particular district. To learn more about Districting and learn how you can be a part of it visit the Districting page by clicking here.
Dead birds are often the first sign of West Nile virus
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.
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.
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.
Once the District receives confirmation that a dead bird was infected with West Nile virus, they 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. They 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.