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Golden Gate Library Reopens!
After being closed for building renovations for several months, the Golden Gate Library (5606 San Pablo Avenue) reopened on January 10.  As part of the re-opening, the library returned to its former hours of being opened Tuesday through Saturday (rather than the Monday-Friday schedule that was piloted last year).  See below for specific hours. 

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12:30 - 8:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Re-Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, February 21 from 11:00am - 3:00pm.
  The Celebration will include a performance by the Prescott Circus Theatre at 11:00am. and a jazz performance by Michael Jones & Trio from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  Light refreshments will be served!This event is made possible with support from the Friends of the Golden Gate Branch Library! 

About the Golden Gate Branch Library

The City of Emeryville contracts with the City of Oakland for library services.  Golden Gate is the closest branch library to Emeryville – but Emeryville residents have access to all Oakland public libraries and have reciprocal library privileges for the Berkeley and many other public libraries (just show your Oakland library card to be eligible to receive a Berkeley or other public library card within the statewide reciprocal city for no charge) 

Golden Gate has a collection of approximately 35,000 items. Circulating materials are largely of popular interest with a strong emphasis on fiction and jazz music. (Golden Gate is well known for its Golden Gate Friends sponsored Summer Jazz on Sundays series. The African American collection is one of the largest branch collections in the system.

Special-interest collections include a small Performing Art Collection (including storytelling, reader's theatre, puppetry, and drama), and a collection of Chess "how-to" books for all ages. The East Indian collection includes books for adults and children in Hindi and Punjabi, DVDs of Hindi cinema ("Bollywood"), and CDs of many genres of classical, folk, and pop music from India.
The branch is equipped with thirteen (13) computers with Internet access and word processing available for public use.

Meeting Room
The branch meeting room has a capacity of 50 people.

Powell Street Fire Station Temporarily Closed for Repairs
The Powell Street Fire Station (Fire Station 34) is scheduled to be temporarily closed for major building repairs between January 13 through late June/early July.  The firefighters housed in Fire Station 34 will temporarily relocate and conduct its operations out of the Hollis Street Fire Station (Fire Station 35) located at 6303 Hollis Street. The Alameda County Fire Department (the City’s contracted fire services provider) anticipates that response times during the construction period will be maintained at a five minute maximum response time throughout Emeryville during the relocation.  Dispatch services (emergency calls) will not be affected and will still be routed through 9-1-1.
The Fire Station Improvement Project is designed to address a chronic roof leak issue which caused some damage to the interior of the building. The station was built in 1989 and the roof has surpassed its useful life expectancy of 20-25 years Additionally, the fire station will be updated with energy efficient upgrades such as solar panels installed on the roof as well as energy efficient appliances and replacement of the existing heating and ventilation system. The building and its major subsystems should be sufficiently updated to be generally serviceable for at least another twenty years as a result of this project.

For more information about this project, contact the City’s Public Works Department or by calling(510)596-4330

Citizens' Academy 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a public safety officer, responsible for community safety? Are you curious about how crime analysis or crime scene investigation is conducted? The Emeryville Police Departments’ Citizen's Academy will give you a glimpse about what it’s like to work in law enforcement. Citizens’ Academy  is accepting applications for the Spring session. 

The Academy will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm -9:00pm starting March 5th to May 7th. Applications can be found here. Hard copies of the application can be found at City Hall, Senior Center, Recreation Center and the Police Station.
Applicants must live and or work in Emeryville,have no felony or misdemeanor convictions within the past 3 years and be at least 18 years old.
Application deadline is Friday, February 20th 
For more information, contact
Officer Brian Head.

AC Transit Public Hearing /Route Revisions: January 14

The AC Transit Board will hold a public hearing on January 14, 2015 about proposed expanded/revised service, potentially affecting ten bus lines.  Bus lines that may be affected are:  46, 200, 212, 217, 339, 680, NL, and 72 / 72M / 72R lines along the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Any changes adopted would likely go into effect in March.  
The hearing begins at 5:00 p.m. in the AC Transit Board Room, at 1600 Franklin Street in Oakland. 
Members of the public may comment at the hearing by filling out a speaker form, or by submitting written comments at the meeting. They can also comment prior to the hearing in a variety of ways (by email, mail, fax, or in a voicemail). Click here to see the proposed changes as well to learn how the public can comment on the proposed changes. 

2015 Business Licenses
Any individual, partnership, corporation, or sole proprietor, who wishes to conduct any business within the City of Emeryville must secure a business license certificate and pay the license fee.  Business licenses are due no later than March 1, 2015.  Please refer to the City of Emeryville website or contact the Business License division at 510-596-4325 if you have questions or need to request forms.

AC Transit Advisory Body Vacancies

AC Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee

Applications are currently being accepted from individuals who are interested in volunteering to serve on the District's Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).  The AAC reviews, comments, and advises the Board of Directors and District staff on the implementation and enhancement of programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities.  Click here to download the Recruitment Notice and Application as well as obtain more information about the Committee. 2015 Recruitment Notice and Application; Information about the AAC The deadline for submitting an application is January 30, 2015.

Office of the District Secretary
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 
1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor 
Oakland, California 94612 
Fax:  (510) 891-4705

AC Transit Retirement Board
AC Transit is recruiting two members of the public to fill upcoming vacancies on the five-member AC Transit Retirement Board, which oversees the retirement plan that currently provides benefits to 1,700 retirees and beneficiaries.  The new members will serve from April 2015 through March 2017.  For full details and application form, click here  or go to AC Transit website. 
The deadline for applications is noon on February 4, 2015.

Office of the District Secretary
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 
1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor 
Oakland, California 94612 
Fax:  (510) 891-4705

Public Safety Alerts

Sign up today for CodeRED
- Emeryville's free automated notification system for emergencies and more!
The CodeRED system is a free web-based automated notification service that sends personalized voice, email, text, and social media messages. CodeRED will be used for emergencies, such as evacuation notices, missing child alerts, and post-earthquake or other disaster instructions, but you can also sign up to receive automatic notices for public meeting, community events, and other nonemergency community outreach initiatives. CodeRED works primarily through free subscription so please sign-up today and notify your friends / family / neighbors about this service.

Subscribers determine delivery modes (landline, cell phone, voice, text, email, and social media) they want to receive for emergency notices as well as whether the subscriber wishes to receive nonemergency notices. CodeRED will automatically send emergency messages to 911 landline phones without prior subscription (but you must subscribe to receive any notifications by cell phone, email, or text). Emeryville residents, businesses, and visitors can subscribe to the system.

CodeRED also offers a geo-aware mobile alert app that can be downloaded by anyone working or traveling through the Emeryville or other CodeRED enabled cities for notification of emergency alerts. The city will be able to target notifications by geographic area (such as radius or blocks), street address, and residence vs. business addresses; or by special lists to avoid sending out notifications to those not in an affected area.
Sign-up today and find out more detailed information on the CodeRED system or contact the City Clerk's Office.

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 traveling 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 1st 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 Nixle  website - you decide!

Emeryville Child Development Center 
The Emeryville Child Development Center, a city-operated program located at 1220 53rd Street), provides child care for children ages 4 months to age 5, Monday-Friday, during extended business hours.

Currently, the Center is accepting applications for market rate openings for children 4 months to age 5 and low income families applying for subsidized openings for children age 3-5.

The Center, which has been recognized as being one of the leading childcare/pre-school centers in the East Bay, is dedicated to providing children ages four months to five years old with daily experiences filled with learning, laughter, and love. The Center is staffed by professional caregivers who help children achieve growth in all areas of their development. Opportunities abound daily for each child to explore, create, experiment, and savor the rewards that come with success.
For more information, call (510) 596-4343 or email the Center.

City of Emeryville Meetings
City Council / City Council as Successor Agency
The next City Council / City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled  for Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
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 Emeryville Oversight Board’s Tuesday, January 13 meeting has been canceled due a lack of agenda items (as the former Emeryville Redevelopment Agency’s business winds down, some regularly scheduled meetings will be canceled due to the Board not having any current business to discuss).  
However, a special Oversight Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25. 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.

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