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Jennifer Tejada 

                                    Emeryville’s New Chief of Police
                                        Jennifer Tejada!

Jennifer Tejada has been appointed Emeryville’s new Chief of Police. Chief Tejada has been the Chief of Police for the City of Sausalito for the past four and a half years and comes to Emeryville with over 20 years of municipal law enforcement experience. Chief Tejada is recognized statewide as a strong advocate for community outreach/community policing and in 2013, she was the recipient of the James Q Wilson award in Community Policing. Throughout her career, Chief Tejada has created programs and/or worked in a leadership capacity in several specialized areas including Threat Management, Emergency & Disaster Preparedness, Workplace Violence Prevention, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Hostage Negotiation. She has also served on several violence prevention and victim services committees, boards and commissions both locally and regionally in the State of California. Currently, Chief Tejada is Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee for the California Police Chief’s Association.

Chief Tejada’s first day with the City will be Tuesday, September 15th. Interim Chief Dave Hall will continue to assist the Department during a short period of transition, working with the new Chief and on several special projects.

                                  The Annual Shoreline Clean Up- correction 
The event will be on Saturday, September 19 (not September 15 as incorrectly reported) from 9am-12noon (registration begins at 8:45am.). For more information please contact Marcy Greenhut.
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Coffee with the City Manager
 In an effort to promote citizen engagement, City Manager Carolyn Lehr, will be holding open office hours called, ‘Coffee with the City Manager’ on Wednesday, September 9th from 9am-10am. This is aimed at enabling conversations with residents and business to discuss topics of their choice. In additional to topics brought by the public, Carolyn will also provide updates on pending issues being discussed by City Council and a variety of other topics.
"Coffee with the City Manager”, is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The event will be held at the City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue from 9am-10am.
For more information please contact Serenity Mlay.

              Emeryville “Best” in Northern California!
According to NerdWallet’s Jonathan Todd,  author of Best Places to Start a Business in Northern California, Emeryville is ranked No. 1 based upon analysis of 177 cities and towns in Northern California with populations of 10,000 or more.  Interestingly, Emeryille has 17.8 businesses per 100 residents – which speaks to the number of home-based and startup businesses in the city.  South San Francisco ranked second and Grass Valley ranked third.
To read more about the report, click here

September Movie in the Parks

  Transbay BART Service Closed Labor Day Weekend
            Poet Laureate Applications Due September 1

Emeryville is seeking proposals from professional poets who live or work in Emeryville to serve as the City’s third Poet Laureate. Through the continuous appointment each two-years of a City of Emeryville Poet Laureate, the City brings literary arts to the community and expands the City’s range of creative endeavors.

Guidelines of the Emeryville Poet Laureate Program
Selected poet will:  
  • Will serve as the literary ambassador - November 2015 to October 2017. 
  • Must live or work in Emeryville, and be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Must submit evidence of previously published or preformed pieces with no less than ten poems, spoken word, poetry slams, film, new media or other performances. 
  • Must engage the community in a discourse about poetry 
  • Must present his or her work to the public and Emeryville K-12 students. 
  • Allow selected poems to be published, duplicated, framed and installed in public venues.
  • Agree to be photographed or video graphed at readings and other events for distribution in City newsletters and broadcast on City-sponsored cable television. 
Duties of the Emeryville Poet Laureate
  • Represent the City of Emeryville and the poetic arts through participation in poetry events and interviews. 
  • Present poetry at no less than three events per year. These events may vary from year-to-year but could include one reading at a scheduled City events and one reading in the schools. 
  • Act as an advocate and resource for poetry and literary events in Emeryville. 
  • Accept invitations, as schedule permits, for interviews with the media, and to submit works for publication on the City website and other outreach vehicles. 
Revised Selection Schedule
Call for Nominations posted -- May 22, 2015
Submissions for Poet Laureate due – September 1, 2015
Review of Submissions by Selection Panel – Week of September 1 , 2015
Appointment of Emeryville Poet Laureate by City Council – October 20, 2015

Poet Laureate will be paid an honorarium of $1,500 for the two-year term to be distributed in a yearly stipend of $750 in January 2016 and 2017.

See website for the complete call. Background can be found here.

Have questions? Call Amber Evans, City of Emeryville Community Development Coordinator, at 510-596-4382 or by email.
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Recreation Programs
The Community Services Department of Emeryville brings you a large variety of pre-k, youth, teen, adult, and senior programming, community special events, sports, and more. 
View the activity guide for more information on what we offer today!

Public Safety Alerts

Auto Burglary Prevention
The last thing you need is to find your vehicle’s window broken or items missing. The Police Department suggests taking these simple, but important steps to maintain your car’s safety:

  • If you see suspicious activity, call 9-1-1. 
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car. That sounds like common sense, but drivers/passengers do leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
  • Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
  • Try to park in busy, well-lighted areas, or in your garage (if you have one).
  • Raise your windows and lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Every week, items are stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner expected to be away for “just a second.” Thieves often target vehicles at gas stations or parents dropping their children off at daycare centers and schools.
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to an auto burglar.
  • Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint, and after-market tint is handy to keep all the broken glass in one “sheet” when they break out your window.
As soon as you notice your vehicle has been burglarized, do not touch/adjust anything in, on or around the car. As soon as possible, call the police to report the incident using 9-1-1.

The Emeryville Police Department and the Alameda County Fire Department (the ACFD provides fire services to Emeryville) are also encouraging residents to sign up for NIXLE, a nation-wide public safety alert system. Simply text any zip code to 888777 and receive real-time alerts and advisories from the City and other public agencies. This is a great way of keeping up with public safety alerts throughout the Bay Area and even travelling nation-wide just by entering the local zip code. There is no charge for registering but standard text messaging rates associated with your mobile phone service will apply. You can opt out anytime by texting “STOP” to 888777.

If you're texting a zip code to 888777 and using NIXLE for the first time, you can retrieve a temporary password to complete the registration process here. Completing the registration process will allow you to fully customize how messages reach you - whether by mobile phone, email, or over the web at www.nixle.com - you decide! 

Fire Station 34
For the past for few months Fire Station 34 (located on Powell Street, next to the Emeryville Police Department) has been shut down due to construction rehabilitation. Improvements included a new roof as well as meeting ADA compliance. This past Monday, the fire fighters have moved back and the fire station is running at full capacity.  

Fire Station No. 34 

City Council/City Council As Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency 
The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1. Meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on ETV: Channel 27 and can be viewed live and are archived on the City’s website . Finalized Council/Agency agendas and agenda reports are viewable/ can be downloaded through the City's website starting the Friday before the meeting.

Emeryville Oversight Board
The next Emeryville Oversight Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22. Meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on ETV: Channel 27 and can be viewed live and are archived on the City’s website.
The Emeryville Oversight Board is charged with determining which remaining financial obligations of the former Emeryville Redevelopment Agency are enforceable obligations under AB26x, the State law that eliminated all redevelopment agencies and requires that funds not needed to fulfill enforceable obligations are remitted to State and other regional/local regional taxing agencies. More information regarding the Emeryville Oversight Board can be found on the City’s website.

For the latest City events and activities, check out the calendar.
Current City Advisory Body Vacancies 
Current City of Emeryville Job Openings 

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