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                         Summer Concerts in the Parks!
        See old friends and meet new ones at one of the City’s Summer Concerts in the Parks!

Emeryville Marina – Saturday, July 4

Come and celebrate the 4th of July Concert in the Park   at the Marina Park from 4:30pm-8pm. We will have free live music! Blue Alley Cats will be performing from 4:30 to 6:00pm and Miracle Mule will be performing from 6:30pm to 8pm. Hot dogs and treats will be sold! Bring the whole family and stay for the day!

Doyle Hollis Park – July through August

This year’s Summer Concerts in the Park will be held at Doyle Hollis Park (1333 62nd Street) from 5:30-7:30pm. The FREE concerts will feature local bands and a featured food truck will be at each event – selling delicious food.  See below for the schedule:

  • Friday, July 17 - Adrian West Trio
  • Friday, July 31 - Blue Alley Cats
  • Friday, August 14 - Kwama Thomson
Wrap up the summer concert series by attending Jazz in the Park, co-hosted by the City of Emeryville and the Friends of the Golden Gate Library on Sunday, August 23 from 3-5pm. also at Doyle Hollis Park.

                      Emeryville Summer Camp!

The Community Services department will provide Summer Camp for ages 5-12, Monday - Friday at the Emery Secondary School (Santa Fe campus), 915 54th street, Oakland, CA 94608, (Between Adeline/Market Streets). This program is specifically designed for creative and active needs of children who are going into kindergarten through 12 years old. All campers participate in fun activities based upon the selected theme of the week. Campers will rotate through programs throughout the day such as: art projects, sports, group projects, hikes and off site trips in the Bay Area. Drop off/Pick up will be at the main entrance on 54th street, AM CARE- 7:30am – 9:00am; Basic Camp - 9:00am -6:00pm. Summer Camp enrollment fees are due weekly. Have a fun and safe summer!!! For more information, call (510) 596-4395 or email Nezam Etemadi.

       Sidewalk Construction Project Starting in July

The City of Emeryville Public Works Department plans to repair existing concrete sidewalks adjacent to residential properties in order to eliminate trip and fall hazards. 

During construction, residential sidewalks will be closed to pedestrian traffic along one side of the street, one street block at time. The work is scheduled to begin in July and take three to four months to complete. Standard work hours are 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.

General advisory signs will be posted 7 days in advance of construction activities and “Temporary No Parking” signs will be posted at least 72 hours prior to the start of construction.

This project’s scope of work includes the following improvements: 
  • Removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk with identified trip and fall hazards
  • Removal of associated base material and replacement with crushed rock in areas with trees to encourage deeper growth of tree roots
  • Upgrade of curb ramps and driveways when affected by adjacent sidewalk repair
  • Repair of curb and gutter and asphalt concrete when affected by adjacent sidewalk repair
  • Upgrade of tree wells and planter boxes when affected by adjacent sidewalk repair
  • Repair of previously saw-cut areas that have developed into trip and fall hazards since the initial work completed in Fiscal Year 2013/14
  • Brickwork as required for sidewalk repair in the vicinity of City Hall
Below is a list of the sidewalks that will be repaired under this project:
  • Ocean Avenue, from Doyle St to Vallejo St.
  • 64th Street, from Doyle St to Vallejo St.
  • 63rd Street, from Doyle St to Vallejo St.
  • 62nd Street, from Hollis St to Vallejo St.
  • 61st Street, from Hollis St to Vallejo St.
  • 59th Street, from Beaudry St to Vallejo St.
  • Beaudry Street, from 59th St to Powell St.
  • Beaudry Street, from Stanford Ave to 55th St.
  • Vallejo Street, from 61st St to Powell St.
  • Vallejo Street, from Stanford Ave to 55th St.
  • 55th Street, from Doyle St to Vallejo St.
  • 53rd Street, from Hollis St to Boyer St.
  • 47th Street, from Doyle St to Adeline St.
  • 45th Street, from San Pablo Ave to Adeline St.
  • 45th Street, from Adeline St to East City Limit.
  • 44th Street, from Adeline St to East City Limit.
  • Salem Street, from 45th St to 43rd St.
  • Essex Street, from 45th St to 43rd St.
  • 43rd Street, from San Pablo Ave to Adeline St.
  • 41st Street, from San Pablo Ave to East City Limit.
  • Adeline Street, from 47th St to 40th St.
  • Corner of Powell Street and Commodore Drive.
For questions, comments, or concerns about the project, please contact Keely Nelson, Associate Civil Engineer, 510-596-4337.

      National Night Out – Block Captains Wanted!

National Night Out is an annual, nationwide event  to heighten awareness  of crime, drug and violence prevention efforts, and encourage community participation. Emeryville will be participating by hosting block parties in varies neighborhoods throughout the City. All block parties will run from 6pm-8pm  on Tuesday, August 4th.  The City is currently looking for Party Captains who are interested in hosting a block party in their neighborhood, if you would like to be party captain please contact Crystel Aguilar with the Emeryville Recreation Center at 510-596-4395.

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          Proposed Citywide PBID/Emery Go Round Shuttle

The City Council has initiated ballot proceedings to establish a new Citywide Property and Business Improvement District (PBID).  The PBID was first established in 2001 and then renewed in 2006 for another 10 years through FY 2015-2016 (service year is calendar year 2016) as a means of funding the Emery Go-Round Shuttle (EGR).  The proposed new PBID extension, if adopted, would continue for 15 years (through Fiscal Year 2029-2030) with the assessment fee for each parcel varying according to trip generation based upon land use and route access.

Starting the 3rd week in June, all property owners – residential and commercial) will be mailed ballots regarding the proposed new PBID according to Proposition 218 and PBID State law.  Each ballot will include the proposed assessment to be levied for each respective parcel owned.  The mail-in ballots (postage provided) will be due no later than Tuesday, August 4. If supported by property owners and adopted by the City Council, the proposed PBID will replace the existing property and business improvement district, which was authorized to levy assessments through Fiscal Year 2015/16. If the proposed PBID is not approved by property owners, the existing property and business improvement district will levy a final parcel assessment for Fiscal Year 2015/16. 

A copy of the Management District Plan, including an Engineer’s Report, which describes in detail the improvements and services provided by the proposed PBID, the nature of the special benefits conferred on property within the proposed PBID, and the method of assessment, is available online on the City website and is on file with the City Clerk.

The proposed PBID will have a 15-year life beginning with the levy for Fiscal Year 2015/16, and ending with Fiscal Year 2029/30, however, the City Council does have the ability by supermajority to terminate the PBID earlier.  After 15 years, the approval by property owner ballot process must be repeated for the PBID to continue further.


The City Council will be conducting a Public Hearing regarding the proposed PBID per Proposition 218 and PBID State law.  The Public Hearing will be held at the City of Emeryville Council Chambers, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California on:   

                                August 4, 2015, at 7:15 p.m

or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard. All interested persons are invited to attend and express opinions on the matter of the proposed PBID.  After the Public Hearing, the ballots will be counted.  Considering the outcome of the ballot process as well as comments made at the Public Hearing, the City Council will take action regarding the proposed PBID on August 4.


Property Owners of record who desire to submit an assessment ballot must mail or personally
 deliver a completed assessment ballot, provided, however, all assessment ballots must be
 received by the City Clerk prior to the close of the Public Hearing to be counted.

            Call for Emeryville Poet laureate 2015-2017 
                                     Due September 1, 2015 
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 the City's website for the complete call.  Background can be found here.

Have questions? Email Amber Evans, City of Emeryville Community Development Coordinator or by calling 510-596-4382.


 Recreation Programs
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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

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!

               City Council/City Council as Successor Agency 
                               to the Redevelopment Agency

City Council Meetings
The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 (the July 7 meeting has been cancelled).  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 and  can be downloaded through the City's website  starting the Friday before the meeting.  

Emeryville Oversight Board
The regular Emeryville Oversight Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23. 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, please see the calendar.

Advisory Body Vacancies
For current City Advisory Body Vacancies, click here.

Job Openings
For current City of Emeryville Job Openings, click here.

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