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Proposed Emery Go Round Shuttle
Property Based Improvement District (PBID) Extension 

n order to meet increased demand and in recognition of the critical service that the EGR provides for the entire Emeryville community – both commercial and residential – the City will be asking property owners to support an extension of the current PBID, this time including all parcels – commercial and residential within the assessment district.

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 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.

The City will be conducting a by mail ballot process to consider the proposed new PBID management plan (including governance and assessment formula) for property owner consideration (Proposition 218 ballot process) starting in mid-June with subsequent City Council action regarding adoption in early August. If supported by property owners and adopted by the City Council, the proposed assessment levy would be included on the upcoming Fiscal Year 2015-2016 County property tax rolls.

The City is expected to take action to formally initiate proceedings to extend the Citywide Property Based Improvement District (PBID) at the June 2, 2015 City Council meeting.

For more information, including proposed assessment fees by parcel, please see the City’s website or contact Karen Hemphill, Assistant to the City Manager.
             Advisory Committee Members Wanted!
Earlier this year, 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. 

Click here for 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.  Incumbents may request re-appointment.  Applications are due on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 and may be downloaded here or obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office or call (510) 596-4372.

Planning Commission Vacancies

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the terms of office of Planning Commissioners Sean Moss and Kairee are scheduled to end on June 30, 2015. In addition, Vanessa Kuemmerle, whose term is scheduled to end on June 30, 2016, has announced that she is resigning from the Commission. Therefore, the City Council is seeking applicants for three (3) Planning Commission members as follows:  two (2) members for terms starting July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2018 and one (1) member to serve the balance of the term ending on June 30, 2016.  Incumbent Planning Commissioners are eligible to apply for additional terms.

All applications are due by Tuesday, June 2, 2015, no later than 5 p.m.  

Applicant interviews will be conducted on June 16, 2015 immediately before the regular City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, Emeryville Civic Center, 1333 Park Avenue.  The specific start time for the interviews will be provided to applicants after the application period has ended but is tentatively scheduled for 6pm.  Depending upon the total number of applicants, an additional interview date may be scheduled. The City Council will make appointments either at the June 16 City Council meeting or at a subsequent meeting if an additional interview date is scheduled.

The Planning Commission’s scope of responsibility is to initiate and conduct studies with respect to those matters affecting the orderly growth and development of the City and to make recommendations to the City Council with respect to such matters; to make the necessary findings and to grant or deny variances, use permits and other planning entitlements as set forth in Title 9 of the Emeryville Municipal Code; and to perform other duties as set forth in Section 2-3.314 of the Municipal Code.

The Commission consists of 7 members, including at least 4 residents with one year residency prior to appointment. Non-residents must be business owners, employees or officers of businesses located in the City for at least one year prior to appointment.  Various geographic areas of the City shall be represented.  Terms are for three (3) years.

The Commission meets on the 4th Thursday of the month January - October and on the 2nd Thursday of December.  All meetings are held starting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

Applications can be submitted through the City’s website or picked up in person and submitted to the City Clerk’s Office at Emeryville, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608. For further information about the Planning Commission, contact Planning and Building Director Charlie Bryant or call  510-596-4361.

Public Art Commission Vacancy

Notice is hereby given that there will be one (1) unscheduled vacancy on the Public Art Committee, serving the remainder of the term that expires June 30, 2016, due to the resignation of Stephen Headley. 

Unscheduled Vacancy

Incumbent: Stephen Headley Term Expires: June 30, 2016

Applications are due by Tuesday, June 2, 2015, no later than 5 p.m. Appointments will be made at the June 16, 2015 regular Emeryville City Council meeting. 
The Public Art Committee consists of eleven (11) members who are appointed by the Emeryville City Council and serve staggered two year terms. Membership is comprised of nine residents and/or business owners/representatives. The Council will appoint members that represent various geographic areas of the City, and ideally have a background in the visual arts or arts management. The Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month at 5:30pm. in City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue, Garden Area, Emeryville, CA 94608, City Clerk's telephone: (510) 596-4372.
Applications can completed and submitted through the City’s website or picked up in person and delivered to the City Clerk’s Office at City of Emeryville, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608. For further information about the Public Art Committee, contact Amber Evans, or call  (510) 596-4382. 

Potential New Multi-Unit Residential Development Rules

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:

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 call (510) 596-4361.  
Emeryville Child Development Center Now Enrolling
 CDDC Parent and Child

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.
                                                     Recreation Programs
                                                            Girl on Scooter
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

Code RED
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

City Council Meetings
The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.  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 Oversight Board next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, has been cancelled and the 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 call 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.

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

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