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Jingle Ball 2022!

The Inaugural Jingle Ball will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Oakley Recreation Center, 1250 O’Hara Ave.

Throughout the evening enjoy dinner, desserts, and drinks while dancing the night away with the music of live band. Your purchase of a $50 ticket is all inclusive with dinner and dessert. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the venue, all purchases supporting Rotary Club of Oakley.

The Jingle Ball will highlight local non-profits as we hold a silent auction for their themed gift baskets. All proceeds from the auctioned item will go directly to the non-profit organization you purchase from. Bring payment methods to the event to participate in this exciting auction!

This event will be for adults 21 years and older. Ticket will be available for purchase until November 4th.

Tickets will not be available at the door, so purchase yours now on our website: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/oakley-ca/catalog

For more information, call Alicia at (925) 625-7044 or email: oleary@ci.oakley.ca.us

Oakley Police Make Homicide Arrest

On May 20th, 2022, at 12:39 A.M., Oakley Police were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred on the 200 block of W. Cypress Road in Oakley.  Officers located a male lying down in the driveway who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The male was pronounced deceased on scene and was identified as Ruben Ortiz (51, Oakley). 

Investigators determined the shooting occurred at the threshold of the front door and Ortiz was found to be the restrained party in a served restraining order.  The protected party was the resident of the home, later identified as Judith Goodner (74, Oakley).  Goodner was identified as the shooter and she provided an initial statement and was released.

Investigators conducted follow-up interviews, collected and reviewed digital evidence, and analyzed forensic evidence.  Detectives have since learned Goodner and Ortiz were involved in an intimate relationship that was not accurately reported to officers on the night of the shooting. Investigators also learned Goodner picked Ortiz up and brought Ortiz back to her residence shortly before the shooting. A key component of this investigation ended up being surveillance video that required detailed analyzing before it could be properly interpreted. Oakley Police Detectives were able to determine the facts of the case did not align with Goodner’s statement to them after an exhaustive and thorough examination of all of the evidence that is now available to them.

On September 9th, 2022, Goodner was arrested for PC 187(a) – Murder and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. 

On September 13th, 2022, the case was presented to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office who filed one count of PC 187(a) – Murder against Judith Goodner. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Locke of the Oakley Police Department at 925-625-8822.

Need Some Wood Chips and/or Compost For Your Landscaping or Garden?

The City of Oakley will once again offer free wood chips!  This time around we have teamed up with our friends at Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery (MDRR).  This partnership brings a special offering of free compost as well as wood chips.

Wood chips and compost will be available for pick-up on Saturday, September 17th, 2022, 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/or compost, and a tarp to cover if necessary.  There is a 5-yard limit per resident per day.  5 yards total of any combination of chips and compost.  A valid Oakley ID may be required.

The arborist 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.  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.

The compost is derived from locally sourced materials that are collected by MDRR.  This is a finished compost perfect for use in your gardens to add amendments and nutrients into your existing soils.  Although compost can be used as a mulch, it is best used to improve existing soil conditions.  Mix compost into the top 6-inch layer of your soil within planters and garden beds.  You can even directly sow seeds into compost.

Calling All Artists!

The City of Oakley has two exciting opportunities for local artists at our upcoming events. We want you to showcase your artistic ability by decorating a pumpkin for our Oaktober Harvest Festival Contest or submitting an entry into our Veterans Day Student Art Showcase.

October 22nd: Oaktober Harvest Festival Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Artists, it’s time to use a new canvas – pumpkins! The sky is the limit with our pumpkin decorating contest, and we want you to participate. This contest will be in conjunction with our Oaktober Harvest Festival with over 30+ vendors, food trucks, and live music. Simply decorate your pumpkin at home and bring it to the festival, or decorate it at the festival using our materials.

For more information or to submit your Pumpkin Decorating Contest Entry, here: https://forms.gle/g2kgaGexy1kVirZ66

November 11th: Veterans Day Student Art Showcase

We all know men and women who have served in the military. They are people we admire, look up to and respect for the sacrifices they have made in serving our Country, as well as for the courage they demonstrate on and off the battlefield. The City of Oakley invites you to enter your artwork into our Veterans Day Student Art Showcase to honor those who have served.

Submit artwork, here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/e0A1a1ja8FqNwa3

Please contact Alicia at oleary@ci.oakley.ca.us or call (925) 625-7044 if you have any questions.

Shop Oakley Gift Card Program Relaunch

Oakley, CA:  Today, the City of Oakley is proud to relaunch an exciting Shop Oakley incentive program to support the small businesses by encouraging residents to shop locally over the upcoming fall & winter holiday season.

Approved by the Oakley City Council at their August 9, 2022 meeting, the program allocates an additional $100,000 from the City’s American Rescue Plan Act funds to support the business community and local shoppers and to boost the local economy.  

Purchasers who buy gift cards in the amounts available at $25, $50, $100 and $150 through the Shop Oakley page will receive a free bonus in that same amount, essentially doubling the total e-gift card, which can be used for purchases at any participating business. The program will run until the allotted $100,000 is distributed.

The initial program launched last June was considered a great success with a total of 742 e-gift cards purchased raising the total purchasing power of $95,500 for the community.  Local businesses also reaped the benefits of this incentive. “We are very satisfied with the Shop Oakley promotion” said Richard Quadrelli, owner of Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream. “It is an awesome program for our community. It helps out small businesses like ours. Some customers were coming in not even knowing our location. I asked them what they thought of the program, and everyone thought it was a fantastic program.”  

The e-gift cards can be purchased on the City of Oakley’s Yiftee page, which includes a list of participating merchants.  The City of Oakley continues to conduct a comprehensive outreach campaign to inform local businesses about this opportunity.  

Pompei Nursery (4701 Main St), Oakley Chiropractic (3478 Main St), and Mabuhay Market (4510 Main St) recently joined the program, and there is still time for local business owners to sign up to participate in the Shop Oakley program.

The cards purchased can be redeemed at any participating Oakley business.  The digital gift cards allow customers to split the original and bonus portions to keep for themselves or gift to others via text or email.

Instructions for how to purchase the card and how to become a participating merchant are online at https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/city-of-oakley–ca-oakley.  Gift card holders are encouraged to check back frequently to see the expanding merchant list.

More information:

City of Oakley Economic Development Department

Harumi Murata,  murata@ci.oakley.ca.us, (925) 625-7006                                                                       

Yiftee Contact: support@yiftee.com

Ribbon Cutting Invitation for the Oakley Park & Ride

Antioch, CA, August 24, 2022 – Tri Delta Transit is proud to announce the opening of the Oakley Park & Ride.  All are welcome to join Tri Delta Transit on Wednesday, September 14st at 10:00 a.m. at the new Oakley Park & Ride, 4300 Main Street near the corner of Cypress and Main, for a ribbon cutting celebration.

Board Chair Anissa Williams states “We are very excited to showcase a gem of eastern Contra Costa County.  This beautiful lot is an important piece of eastern Contra Costa County’s transportation network that helps connect Oakley residents with BART, medical facilities, and various points of interest all over the County.  We hope to see everyone at the ribbon cutting.”

The Oakley Park & Ride’s 2.4-acre lot on Main northwest of Cypress was purchased in 2009, but the process to completion was lengthy due to difficulty securing funding for new projects.  The Oakley Park & Ride features 164 well-lit parking spaces, the first east county portable electric car charger, two bus shelters, bike racks, and hundreds of trees and plants.  Additional improvements include sidewalk and frontage road improvements, a new median, and widening of two lanes on both sides of Main Street.

Project lead and Chief Operating Officer Steve Ponte says “Though the piece of land had challenges, we were able to work through them with the help of the City of Oakley. Together we created a park & ride that serves the community in many different ways.”

ABOUT TRI DELTA TRANSIT Tri Delta Transit provides over two million trips each year to a population of over 315,000 residents in the 225 square miles of Eastern Contra Costa County. They currently operate 15 local bus routes Monday – Friday, five local bus routes on weekends, door-to-door bus service for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and on-demand rideshare services. To learn more, visit TriDeltaTransit.com

PRESS RELEASE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM CHIEF BEARD: Officer Involved Shooting in Oakley

I wish to address the Oakley community regarding last nights fatal officer involved shooting on Teresa Lane. The events that transpired last night can only be described as very scary and dangerous for all involved. To put it very mildly what happened last night was completely unnecessary. The suspect chose to drive the direction of what played out when he could have taken several different avenues to deal with whatever angst he had going on in his life. He also could have given up upon our officers making contact with him. Instead, the suspect elected to resort to gun violence to traumatize the initial domestic violence victim in this case and subject our officers to the difficult actions they eventually had to take, thus creating more victims. The officers involved in last nights incident exhausted every readily available option they had in this type of scenario before taking the ultimate action they had to take.

The incident that we dealt with last night has become all too commonplace with a total of eight law enforcement officers being killed by gunfire across America in just the last month. Every member of the Oakley Police Department is valued and appreciated. I am grateful beyond measure our department did not meet with a tragic result for us.  

The Contra Costa County Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol guides the investigative steps we need to take with our officers and we are following that prescribed protocol. We are also being proactive in taking care of all of our personnel who were involved in last nights incident by making sure they have readily available access to a service provider who specializes in treating first responders who have been exposed to matters like the one we experienced last night. It is my strong desire to provide the necessary and healthy resources our personnel need in order to continue having productive lives after experiencing life threatening, or very unsettling, situations.

I also urge victims of domestic violence to realize they do need help and to reach out for it. A domestic violence victim may reach out to their local police department for assistance. They may also reach out to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit at 925-957-2200. If immediate assistance is sought and a victim does not want to interact with a police department they may reach out to the STAND! Crisis line at 1-888-215-5555.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment much further on this case at this time because it is literally still an ongoing investigation. I will however identify the suspect as Frank Anthony Correa, a 58 year old male and resident of Oakley.   

The Oakley Police Department is requesting information from anybody who may know anything about this investigation to call us at 925-625-8060 or email us at opdtips@ci.oakley.ca.us

Write-In Candidate Period for Oakley City Council Election September 12, 2022-October 25, 2022

The Oakley General Municipal Election for City Council will be held November 8, 2022, for the following offices: One (1) Council Member from District 2 and one (1) Council Member from District 4, each for a term of four years.

The City of Oakley has five districts. Districts allow voters an opportunity to be represented by a City Council Member in their respective district. Voters are not eligible to vote for City Council candidates outside of the district in which they reside. Voting districts are reviewed every ten years following the U.S. Census. During the November 8, 2022 election, one candidate each from District 2 and District 4 will be elected. One candidate each from Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be elected in 2024. Councilmembers currently serving will complete their respective terms. To find out if you are registered to vote and which District you reside in, please visit https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/my-voting-information/#VoterLookupandSampleBallotSearch .

The nomination period for the November 8, 2022 election was held July 18, 2022 through August 12, 2022. Hugh Henderson and Rachelle “Shelly” Fitzgerald, qualified as candidates for District 2. Shannon Shaw qualified as a candidate for District 4. When only one candidate is qualified for a district, the City Council may appoint the candidate  or direct to hold an election for that district. If the candidate is appointed, no write-in candidates are allowed. If an election is held, write-in candidates are allowed. The Oakley City Council directed to hold an election for District 4; therefore, an election will be held for District 2 and District 4, allowing for write-in candidates in each district.

The write-in candidate filing period is September 12, 2022 through October 25, 2022. Interested persons should contact the City Clerk’s Office as early as possible to schedule an appointment to obtain and file papers and qualify to be a write-in candidate. Only votes cast for qualified write-in candidates are reported.

Interested persons must be registered to vote and reside within the district they are running for office (either District 2 or District 4) within the City of Oakley and obtain a minimum of 20 valid signatures (maximum of 30 valid signatures) on the Write-In Nomination Paper issued by the City Clerk’s office, along with other papers.

The City Clerk’s Office regular business hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. located at City Hall, 3231 Main Street, Oakley, California. City Hall and the City Clerk’s Office will be closed Friday, September 16, 2022, Friday, October 7, 2022, and Friday, October 21, 2022.

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 925-625-7000.

Press Release: Officer Involved Shooting in Oakley

On August 25th, 2022, at approximately 10:40pm, Oakley PD Officers responded to a report of a Domestic Dispute in the 1800 block of Teresa Ln. The caller stated her boyfriend had a gun and had been driving around with her in the car not letting her leave.  The boyfriend told her he was going to kill her and himself.  Once at the residence the victim fled on foot and called police.

Officers arrived and attempted to contact the, 58 year old male. The male did not respond to Officers.  Officers used a drone and were able to see the subject inside the residence armed with a handgun.  Officers continued to try and establish communications with the suspect, but he did not respond. Several shots were fired by the suspect inside the home.   

At approximately 1:18am, the suspect fired several rounds at Oakley Officers. One Officer returned fire striking the suspect.  Medical aid was provided but the suspect died on scene. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office responded along with Oakley Detectives.

According to Chief Beard “Our officers are trained to deescalate situations at every opportunity when that is a viable option. Our officers attempted to deescalate this tragic situation last night, but the suspect would not allow for our attempts to take hold. When officers are presented with such grave and dangerous situations, and when no other options work or are available, they must sometimes fall back on other critical training they receive on a regular basis. This is the training they fell back on last night to ensure there was no loss of lives of innocent victims or the officers themselves.”

This is an ongoing investigation, names and more details will be provided at a later date. 

Fishing Derby Winners Announced

The City of Oakley’s Kids Fishing Derby drew a great response on Saturday, August 13th with over 75 children participating this year.  Participants joined us at the Antioch/Oakley pier from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to catch and release fish they caught. Volunteers along the pier assisted with recording the length of each fish and the number of fish for each participant.    

Congratulations to this year’s derby winners:

Ages 1 – 5 years old:

  • Smallest Fish Caught: Noah Garde
  • Largest Fish Caught: Bailey Bellis
  • Most fish caught: Benjamin Bellis

Ages 6 – 10 years old:

  • Smallest Fish Caught: Bradley Jelley
  • Largest Fish Caught: Benjamin Heim
  • Most fish caught: AJ Trin

Ages 11 – 15 years old:

  • Smallest Fish Caught: Kelsie Ellison
  • Largest Fish Caught: Noah Nguyen
  • Most fish caught: Brady Lucero

Thank you to Hook, Line & Sinker of Oakley for donating fishing poles for the prizes and bait, East County Student Anglers Club and the California Striped Bass Association for volunteering at the event.