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, February 24th and Saturday, March 17th 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.”

Oakley Continues to be Ranked Among Safest Cities in California

Oakley made another list! According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Oakley ranks 21st in an evaluation of the safest cities in California.

Oakley was the only east county city making the cut, however other nearby cities included Danville (3rd), Orinda (5th), Moraga (7th), San Ramon (17th), Clayton (23rd), and Hercules (66th).

According to the analysis, Oakley experienced 1.35 incidents of violent crime per 1,000 residents compared to the State average of 4.44 and 10.30 incidents of property crime which is far below the State average of 26.45.

“This is confirmation of what Oakley residents already know. We thank Oakley residents for their support of our Police Department and ask that they continue to be partners, by reporting any suspicious activity,” stated Police Chief, Chris Thorsen.

“It is our intent to continue to make this list and all like lists. The City Council has provided clear direction in prioritizing public safety and that which helps preserve Oakley’s small town character. This is evidence by the addition of 5 police officers since we discontinued the contract with the Sheriff’s Office and established our own Police Department. The savings were used as we stated,” said Mayor Randy Pope.

In making the determination of the safest cities the National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics in addition to population data and “internal research”.  The cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. The analysis excluded cities with populations of less than 10,000.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States. Per their website the Council’s stated goal is to further industry education and public knowledge about home safety and security.

To see the list visit


Oakley Calls for Input via Citizen Survey

The City Council and staff of the City of Oakley invites residents to chime in regarding various aspects of City operations. The deadline to participate is 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018.

Every two years, the City of Oakley conducts a Citizen 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 2018- 2020 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 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.

Relocation Impact Study and Last Resort Housing Plan

The City of Oakley (City) is interested in acquiring property to allow for the extension of O’Hara Avenue to the north, the widening of Main St. and the development of the long-planned access road. If the property is acquired, the City will provide Relocation Assistance to the property occupants in accordance with California Relocation Assistance Law (Government Code §7260, et seq.) and implementing regulations found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Chapter 6. Persons who are displaced as a result of a public project may be eligible to receive advisory and monetary assistance to help them secure replacement housing that is affordable to them.
As part of the planning process, the City is caused a Draft Relocation Impact Study and Last Resort Housing Plan (Draft Plan) to be prepared. That Draft Plan considers the needs of the impacted occupants and addresses the availability of potential replacement sites in the surrounding area. Most importantly, the Draft Plan describes the City’s commitment to provide relocation assistance to eligible occupants.

The public is invited to review a copy of the Draft Plan and submit comments. The public’s input will help to shape the Final Plan that will be included in the presentation to the Oakley City Council on January 23, 2018. If any members of the public would like to make comments on the Draft Plan, they should contact the City’s Relocation Consultant, Ms. Emily Plurkowski of AR/WS, Inc. at (925) 691-8500 or

All comments must be submitted within 30 days of this posting, by January 20, 2018. A copy of the Draft Plan is available  by clicking here and at City Hall located at 3231 Main Street, Oakley, CA during regular business hours.

Construction Update- October 2, 2017

Main Street will be closed between O’Hara Ave and 3rd St from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3rd for the installation of the gateway monument. The detour route will be set up via Acme St. The monument will be covered and protected from the elements and on-lookers until the unveiling on Tuesday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. We thank you for your patience and encourage if possible, to take alternate routes.

City of Oakley Hosts Military Hero Essay Contest

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 and for the courage they demonstrate on and off the battle field. The City of Oakley invites you to tell us about your military hero.

The essay contest is open to all K-12 students that reside in Oakley. There will be one winner in each of the corresponding categories K-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. K-5th grade students are invited to submit a drawing with a caption, while 6th-12th grades are to submit 300-500 typewritten words. To qualify please submit a completed essay and entry form to by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Winners will be given the opportunity to read their essay on Veterans Day during the City of Oakley Observance Ceremony to take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza located at 3231 Main Street, Oakley. Additionally, first prize winners will receive a certificate of recognition and a $50 cash prize.


Construction Update- September 7, 2017

Main Street will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th between Norcross Lane to 5th Street. The closure will allow for striping of Main Street. This work is being performed at night to minimize traffic  impacts to the public. Pedestrian access will be provided to all properties along the project route during this work.

Notices have been delivered to property owners, residents, and merchants along and adjacent to Main Street from Norcross Lane to 5th Street.

Construction Update- August 17, 2017

Downtown Final Paving Operations

Main Street will be closed on Wednesday night- August 23rd, Thursday night- August 24th, and Friday night- August 25th from 8 PM to 5 AM between Norcross Lane to 5th Street in order for the contractor to pave the street in this section of downtown.

This work is being performed at night to minimize traffic  impacts to the public. Pedestrian access will be provided to all properties along the project route during this work.

Main Street in the Eastbound direction will be closed from 3631 Main Street to 5th Street on Sunday morning- August 27th from 6 AM to 1 PM for placement of Slurry Seal. Main Street Westbound traffic will flow normal and is not impacted by the Slurry Seal operations.

Main Street will be closed on Monday night- August 28th, Tuesday night- August 29th, Wednesday night-  August 30th, and Thursday night-  August 31st from 9 PM to 5 AM between Norcross Lane to 5th Street for the contractor to raise all the utilities manholes and valves to grade.

Detours will be set up during these night operations to facilitate traffic flows. Notification flyers have been distributed to all properties along this section of downtown to inform them of the paving related operations.

City of Oakley Seeks Applicants to Fill Seat on the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging

The City of Oakley is accepting applications to fill a seat on the Contra Costa County Advisory Council for the next two-year term, October 12, 2017 through October 11, 2019. The application deadline is Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. Applications will be considered by the Oakley City Council on September 26, 2017 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.

Oakley Leadership Academy to Offer a Behind the Scenes Look at City Government

The City of Oakley is inviting residents to participate in the 2017 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.

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For the Leadership Academy Program Flyer click here.

For the 2017 Leadership Academy Program Schedule click here.

To register for the 2017 Leadership Academy  click here.