Community Bike Ride added this year
New this year: A community bike ride! Whether you’re biking to work or not, come out and join our Community Ride! Meet in front of City Hall @ 8:00 a.m. and ride to a couple Energizer Stations, returning to City Hall by 9:00 a.m. Meet your neighbors and start your day with a fun ride. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Where will Energizer Stations be located?
And what IS an Energizer Station?
Energizer Stations are designed with cyclists in mind: They are situated along popular bike routes and give out free refreshments and things like commemorative canvas shoulder bags, reflective leg bands, or tire levers and coupons.
Energizer Stations will be at the same locations as past years:
• Adeline @ 46th St (both sides of the street, so there’s the 5th station)
• Powell St. @ Frontage Rd. (Bay Trail @ the Shell Station)
• 40th St. @ San Pablo Ave. (south west corner, next to Black & White Liquor)
• The Greenway @ 65th St. (south side of 65th, @ the Bocci Courts)
C’mon by and say hello!
Also new this year, staff will kick off Bike Month (May) with their very own Employee Bike Share Program, called Emery Cycle! The program will launch on May1st with two new Breezer bicycles. The bicycles will be part of the City fleet and accompany the pool cars which all Emeryville employees have access to for work- related trips. How awesome is that?
Bike East Bay is organizing Bike to Work Day in the East Bay. For more information about Bike East Bay and event check out their website.
Family Friendly Cycling – FREE MAY EVENTS
Family Cycling Workshops- FREE FAMILY EVENT
Sunday, May 3rd
Anna Yates School Yard
Join Bike East Bay’s certified safety instructions at this fun, free workshop for children who are able to ride a bike and ready to take to the streets and paths with their parents (grades 2-6, approx.) Children and parents must attend together and bring their own bikes and helmets.
National Children to the Park Day and Bike Rodeo- FREE FAMILY EVENT
Saturday, May 16th
Anna Yates School Yard
Join the Emeryville Community Services Department and the Emeryville Police Department for a day of fun at Anna Yates Playground. Bring your bikes and challenge yourself to the bicycle obstacle course. The Police department will be giving out helmets to the first 50 participants and 3 bicycles will be raffled off at the end of the day.
Bike to School Day
Thursday, May 14th
Anna Yates School Yard- FREE EVENT FOR CHILDREN WHO ATTEND EMERYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Join the City of Emeryville for the first ever Bike to School Day Celebration. The City will be recognizing all children who rode their bikes to school the first two weeks of May with fun, bicycle related activities, giveaways and a raffle!
May Dinner Movie & Event Calendar
Free Lead Poisoning Prevention Services
Lead exposure can cause brain damage, high blood pressure, hearing loss & life-long learning problems among other health issues for adults and children. Most homes built before 1978 still have old layers of lead-based paint which is a hazard when in poor condition, on friction surfaces or disturbed during renovations.
FREE lead poisoning prevention services are available for owners of pre-1978 rental and owner-occupied property in Emeryville:
In-Home Lead Consultation: A free home visit with our professional staff, who will conduct a visual survey of your property and provide an individualized consultation to help owners maintain a lead-safe and healthy home.
Lead-Safe Home Renovation Trainings: Free to owners and their property managers or contractors.
Lead Hazard Repair Funds for Properties with Young Children: No-cost grants and loans are available for lead hazard repair work on rental or owner-occupied housing units in eligible low-income households where a child under 6 or a pregnant woman lives or where a child under 6 spends significant time.
Please call the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Information Line at 510.567.8280 or visit www.achhd.org for more information and to sign up.
City of Emeryville Boards, Commissions and Committees and Vacancies List
The City Council revised the City’s local advisory committee roster to establish community advisory member terms as starting on July 1 and ending on June 30. As part of this change, membership terms that ended on December 31, 2014 as well as those terms that had previously been scheduled to end on December 31, 2015 will be filled by the City Council at the June 16 City Council meeting with an effective start date of July 1, 2015. Please note that terms that ended on December 31, 2014 continue until the City Council makes an appointment. Below is a listing of the City’s local advisory committees with terms that ended on December 31, 2014 or are scheduled to end on June 30, 2015. Included are the names of any current incumbents. Incumbents may request re-appointment. Applications are due on Monday, June 1, 2015 and may be downloaded here or obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office: or (510) 596-4372.
The City is rethinking its planning regulations, incentives and guidelines for Multi-Unit Residential development. Changes could address unit mix (percentage of studio, 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units in projects), family friendly design, and housing affordability and ownership.
Join the discussion at the following meetings in the City Council Chambers, Old Town Hall, 1333 Park Avenue at Hollis Street:
Joint Planning Commission/City Council Study Session
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10am to 2pm – childcare and light lunch provided
Planning Commission Public Hearing
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:30 pm
City Council Public Hearing
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:15 pm
For additional information, click here or contact Charles S. Bryant, Community Development Director, or (510) 596-4361.
The City has been awarded the GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) Award for Financial Reporting for its 2013-14 CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report). This is the 20th consecutive year that the City has achieved this prestigious award. In order to be awarded the Certificate of Achievement, the governmental entity must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized CAFR, the contents of which conform to program standards. This report must satisfy both accounting principles generally accepted in the US, as well as all applicable legal requirements. For more information about the award, click here.
Local Hazards Community Survey
The City of Emeryville is beginning the process of updating our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The purpose of the update and the LHMP is to one) be compliant with FEMA requirements and two) to identify the City’s natural, environmental and man-made hazards and develop a risk assessment and mitigation plan for those hazards. This plan will result in better emergency management during an event, such as an earthquake disaster, as well as identify projects that could potentially reduce risks in the community. With a plan in place, the City can prioritize projects and the City will continue to be eligible to obtain FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds if a disaster is declared.
The City is soliciting community input regarding what natural, environmental and man-made hazards face our city as well as opinions regarding methods and/or techniques for reducing these risks and any losses associated with these hazards if an earthquake or other disaster strikes.
This is a public opinion survey which will help inform our mitigation planning process for the City. There will be public outreach meetings throughout the update process; however, for our first step, this survey is available for people to become involved and give their opinions and provide information which will guide the plan. If you are interested in being part of the planning team, please send an email to LHMP@emeryville.org.
The survey can be accessed here.
A copy of the City’s 2009 Local Hazard Plan can be found here.
All responses to the survey must be received by April 30, 2015.
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. There is a wait list for 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.
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 non-emergency 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, social media) they want to receive for emergency notices as well as whether the subscriber wishes to receive non-emergency 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 travelling 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 at 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 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
A special City Council/City meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5. 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 Oversight Board next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, however as the former Emeryville Redevelopment Agency’s business winds down, some scheduled meetings may be canceled due to the Board not having any current business to discuss.
The City will post notices on the City’s website and notice boards if any scheduled meetings are canceled on the Friday before the scheduled meeting is due to occur (the public can also contact City Clerk’s Office at or 510-450-7800 to confirm meeting dates). 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.
For current City of Emeryville Job Openings, click here.
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