The Emeryville Newsletter (E-News)



Emeryville Seeking Community Input on
Local Hazard Mitigation and Climate Action Plans

Local Hazard Mitigation and Climate Action Plans Update

The City of Emeryville has been in the process of updating the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and is in the beginning process of updating the Climate Action Plan. Both plans look at identifying hazards that the community faces and assessing the City’s vulnerability to those hazards and identifying specific actions that can be taken to reduce these risks.

The City will be hosting 3 community workshops in the month of May to hear from the public about their thoughts and priorities on reducing the effects of climate change and natural and man-made hazards.

Schedule of Workshops:

  1. Saturday, May 7, 2016. 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  2. Tuesday, May 10, 2016. 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  3. Tuesday, May 10, 2016. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

All workshops will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608 with light refreshments available. Please RSVP to

Childcare will be provided at the Saturday and Tuesday evening meetings only.

If you cannot make the public workshops, but still would like to contribute to the Climate Action Plan, take the online survey here.

Coffee with the City Manager: May 12

Coffee with the City Manager

In an effort to promote citizen engagement, City Manager Carolyn Lehr will be holding a series of open office hours called, “Coffee with the City Manager”. This is aimed at enabling conversations with residents and business to discuss topic of their choice. In addition 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.

All “Coffee with the City Manager” events are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The events will be held at the City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue from 9:00 – 10:00am.

Emeryville Public Art Master Plan
Community Workshops: May 11 & May 14

Emeryville’s Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) is underway, and the City is seeking community stakeholders eager to share their thoughts on what future Public Art in Emeryville should include, and what policies and programs the City should incorporate to foster Public Art.

5:30 - 7:30 PM
Bullseye Glass
4514 Hollis Street, Emeryville
(free parking adjacent to building)
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bullseye Glass
4514 Hollis Street, Emeryville
(free parking adjacent to building)

Public art glass project appropriate for all ages, and refreshments, included!
To register, click here, or contact Amanda Golden at Designing Local.

Unable to attend the workshop, or just want to participate in other ways? To be included n the Public Art Master Plan, please:

  • Take the survey. Responses taken through April.
  • Post to Instagram your images of the best public art in Emeryville, or ideas for art you would like in Emeryville. Use the hashtag #artinemeryville.
  • Click here to learn more.

If you have questions about the Art in Public Places (AiPP) or the Public Art Master Plan (PAMP), please contact the City’s Art in Public Places Coordinator, Amber Evans, at 510-5964382, or our PAMP consultant, Amanda Golden, at Designing Local.

Also, please check out our new webpage for the Art in Public Places Program and our new Interactive Art Map.

Emeryville Minimum Wage Increases July 1, 2016

The City of Emeryville’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance annual hourly wage increases for small and large businesses will take effect on Friday, July 1, 2016. As outlined in the Ordinance (EMC 5-37), the new hourly minimum wage rates will be as follows:


Small Businesses (≦55 Employees): $13.00/hr
Large Businesses (56+ Employees): $14.82/rr

The Emeryville City Council adopted an ordinance on June 2, 2015 that provides for higher citywide minimum wages and paid sick leave provisions than required by the State of California. The new law went into effect July 2, 2015.

The law’s three key provisions are:

  1. Establishes minimum wage rates to be paid to all employees working within Emeryville city limits:
    • Small businesses (55 or fewer employees):
      Current Rate: $12.25 per hour
      Effective 7/1/16: $13.00 per hour
    • Large businesses (56 or more employees):
      Current Rate: $14.44 per hour
      Effective 7/1/16: $14.82 per hour
  2. Requires Paid Sick Leave.
  3. Requires payment of service charges to Hospitality Workers.

The requirements for the paid sick leave and service charges remain the same. Updated resources and notices will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact the Economic Development and Housing Division at or 510-596-4316.

For more information please visit the Minimum Wage Ordinance web page.

Emeryville Parks Getting a Fresh New Look

A few of your favorite parks in Emeryville are getting updated with some great new features! Here’s what you can look forward to this summer, including possible closures for refurbishment:

61st Street Mini Park

Due to feedback received from the community that the park is used by younger children than the existing structures are designed for, the 61st Street Mini Park rehabilitation will modify the structural design to gear more towards preschool-aged children. There will also be updated safety features, including replacing the existing rubber surfacing, and the installation of a new swing set.

Park Closure: May 2 through May 20, 2016

Doyle Hollis Park

The Doyle Hollis Park project includes repairing the rubber surfacing beneath the low circular play structure and other damaged areas.

Park Closure: The park will remain open, but repair areas will be blocked off for a few days during the week of May 9

Stanford Avenue Park

The Stanford Avenue Park rehabilitation will retrofit the existing school-age structure while adding a few new fun elements. The existing preschool-age structure will be replaced with a brand new play structure. Both play areas will include new sets of swings. The existing rubber surfacing under both structures will also be replaced.

Park Closure: May 16 through June 17

Please note that park closure dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. Street parking will also be affected around the parks during construction. Temporary no parking signs will be posted 72 hours beforehand.

"Safe Routes to School" Project
Underway Along San Pablo Avenue

On Monday, April 4, the City's contractor, Redwood Engineering, began construction on our “Safe Routes to School” Project at several intersections on San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville. Over the next 4-6 weeks, pedestrians can expect to experience construction conditions - such as demolished sidewalks, active construction zones, and temporary detours. The northeast corner of 45th Street and San Pablo Avenue could become especially difficult to traverse during working hours, but will be restored to be passable while the contractor is not working.

City of Emeryville
Construction Work Notification
Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements Project
EPW Project Number 101-13

Redwood Engineering Construction is scheduled to begin work the week of April 4 on the “Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements” Project No. EPW 101-13. The work is located on San Pablo Avenue at 43rd, 45th and 47th Streets. Work will include concrete and asphalt concrete demolition, new concrete curb and side walk, storm drain construction, traffic signal modification, pedestrian beacon construction, signage, pavement delineation and traffic control.

Residents should expect delays of up to 5 minutes when entering the construction area. Work will typically occur from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Access to streets, driveways, parking and other facilities may be affected by construction. Facilities to be temporarily dosed will be posted on barricade signs typically 48 hours in advance of closure. You ·will be notified by door hanger notice of access issues that are specific to your property.

Redwood Engineering Construction is the contractor who will be working on this project. If you have any questions, please contact: Ben Cerney, Project Manager, at 925-819-2960.

For general questions, please contact the City of Emeryville Public Works Department at 510-596-4330.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Senior Citizens Emery-Go-Round Public and Business Improvement District (PBID) Tax Rebate

On February 2, 2016, the Emeryville City Council adopted Resolution No. 16-08 to establish a Property Based Improvement District (PBID) Senior Rebate Program. If you are 65 or older, own your home and pay an assessment on your property for the Emery Go Round PBID, you may apply for a Senior Rebate that could mean savings for you.


Where can I get an application?

The application is available through the City of Emeryville Senior PBID Rebate Program:

When can I apply?

Since this is the first year that the rebate has been offered you can apply now. The deadline for submitting an application is May 1, 2016. Each fiscal year (June-July) the City will send an application to prior applicants at the end of March.

New applicants can submit their application on or before April 1 of each year.

How will I get the Rebate?

Eligible seniors will receive the Rebate by mailed check from the City of Emeryville.


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, May 3. 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, June 28. 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.

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 - you decide!

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