Emeryville E-Newsletter

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Emeryville’s New Mayor and Vice Mayor 

At the December 2, 2014 City Council meeting, the City Council appointed Ruth Atkin as Mayor and Nora Davis as Vice Mayor. As Mayor, Ruth Atkin is the City’s chief elected representative and chairs the City’s Council meetings. Congratulations to Mayor Atkin and Vice Mayor Davis!

Breakfast with Santa at Emeryville Child Development Center! 

Adult Resident - $7.00 / Adult Non-Resident - $8.00
Child - $5.00 Resident / Child Non- Resident - $6.00

Location: Emery Child Development Center, 1220 53rd Street, Emeryville

Enjoy breakfast followed by pictures with Santa and holiday activities in Santa’s magical workshop. Bring your own camera, a holiday framed photo available for additional cost. Please bring non-perishable canned foods and/or unopened toys for the food/toy drives. Your generosity will help spread the joy of giving this holiday season.

Breakfast: Pancakes (Regular or Blueberry), Sausage (Turkey or Pork), Scrambled Eggs, Fruit, Water, Orange Juice, or Coffee.

For more information, contact Roselle Loudon, Community Services Department. 

Want to have Santa visit you?

Would you like Santa and his elves to come visit your holiday party this year? Well, he will be here in Emeryville for three days only this December! Sign-up for a 45 minute block to have Santa and his elves come to your holiday party, hand out gifts, and lead an activity! Please call the Emeryville Recreation Center for more information on this special opportunity!

Dates and times Santa is available:
Sunday December 14th & Saturday December 20 Time: Between 10am-7pm

For more information, contact Roselle Loudon, Community Services Department. 

Dial 2-1-1 for Social Services

Dial 2-1-1 for Information and Referrals to Health, Housing and Human Services in Alameda County!
By dialing 2-1-1 on your phone, you will gain access to FREE and CONFIDENTIAL information and referrals to Health, Housing, and Human services in Alameda County! This service is available 24/7 and in over 170 languages. To view more information that is available on the internet, please click here

Emeryville Police Department/Alameda County Food Drive

The Emeryville Police Department in conjunction with the Alameda County Food Bank is sponsoring a community food drive now through December 23. Canned and dry (non-perishable) foods or tax deductible checks made out to the Alameda County Food Bank (Federal Tax ID# 94-2960297) can be dropped off at the upstairs Police Department lobby (2449 Powell Street) or the City Hall lobby (1333 Park Avenue).

For every $1 you donate, the Food Bank distributes $4 worth of food. If you wish to donate food, below is a list of the most needed non-perishable food. Please NO glass containers.

Most Needed Foods:

Beans, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and fish, low salt soups, stews, and chili, low sugar cereal and oatmeal, macaroni and cheese mix, pasta, peanut butter, powered or shelf-stable packaged dairy, rice, or almond milk and pasta sauce.

Annual Toy Drive

Tis the season for giving! The Fire Department is again sponsoring a toy giveaway program for our local kids who may not otherwise see much under the tree this holiday season. Please donate unwrapped toys and books for kids aged birth to 18 at City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue.

Happy Holiday Volunteering!!

Emeryville Citizen’s Action Program

ECAP needs help distributing Toys to local families in need on Tuesday December 23rd at 4pm at Anne Yates Elementary School. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Roselle Loudon, Community Services Department. 

Berkeley Food and Housing Projects

Interested in helping to serve food to the homeless during this holiday season Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFH) is looking for groups to serve food at their Men’s Shelter. For more information, see the BFH website

Berkeley Food and Housing also has a wish list of items needed for the homeless people they serve. BFH is also looking for families/groups to sponsor or gather “client move in kits” for clients who have found housing but do not have the funds to purchase household items for them. For more information on helping out with wish lists, click here. 

FREE International Walk and Roll to School Celebration: December 18

On Thursday, December 18th, the City of Emeryville will recognize Anna Yates, Emery High, and Ecole Bilingue (EBI) for their partnership in promoting walking, biking and carpooling to school. To celebrate National Walk and Roll To School Month (October), the City of Emeryville Recreation staff set up a booth every Wednesday from October 22-November 12 and surveyed how kids are getting to school every morning. This information will be useful as the City works with the schools to develop a Safe Routes to Schools program.

The celebration takes place at Anna Yates Elementary School (1070 41st Street, Emeryville) from 1:30PM – 4:30PM and will include a bike safety rodeo, bounce houses, free give-aways and much more.

For more information, contact Roselle Loudon, Community Services Department.

Coffee With the City Manager
In an effort to promote citizen engagement, City Manager Sabrina Landreth, will be holding open office hours. This is aimed at enabling conversations with residents and business to discuss topics of their choice.
In additional to topics brought by the public, Sabrina can also provide updates on pending matters being discussed by City Council and a variety of other topics.
The event is open to members of the public and all are encouraged to attend.The event will be held at the City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue from 12 noon – 1pm.

The 2015 dates for the upcoming open office hours will be posted shortly and will move to a quarterly basis.

Sandbags for Flood Prevention

During the rainy season, The Public Works Department will stage sandbags in front of the Public Works Corporation Yard warehouse at 5890 Christie Avenue. 
The sandbags are located on the north side of the building and the public can pick them up free of charge.  

For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 510-596-4330

Emeryville Child Development Center

Now Enrolling
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 4 months to 5 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.

Upcoming Development Project Workshops/Public Hearings

The schedule for upcoming development project workshops/public hearings is listed below.  All community members are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact the City’s Community Development Department.

Sherwin Williams Mixed Use Project:  
EIR scoping meeting: December 18

City Council study session:  January 20

Marketplace Redevelopment Project:

Planning Commission study session on overall master plan: December 11

Planning Commission study session on residential projects:  January 22

Planning Commission study session on grocery store/retail/garage:  January 22


Christie Avenue Park:

Planning Commission public hearing:  February 26


Christie Avenue City-Owned Properties:

Planning Commission study session:  December 11

City Council study session:  February 3

3706 San Pablo Avenue Affordable Housing

Planning Commission public hearing:  January 22


Golden Gate Library Temporarily Closed
The Golden Gate Library, located at 5606 San Pablo Avenue, is closed temporarily for building repairs. Library administration expects the branch to remain closed for approximately three months, and will announce a specific date when work nears completion.  During construction, the curbside book drop in front of the Golden Gate Branch Library will remain open.

The Golden Gate Branch occupies one of the Oakland Public Library’s older, historic buildings. It was built in 1918 with a Carnegie endowment. The building retains many original features, including most of its original windows, which have dry rot and have begun to leak. 

Restoration funds have been raised from City of Oakland District 1 Municipal Capital Improvement and Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

During the closure, library patrons will be redirected to other Oakland Library branches, the nearest being Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave and West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline Street. 

Additionally, as previously announced, the branch’s hours are changing. When the library reopens, it will be open Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mary Schrader, Supervising Librarian, or call 510-238-3511. For more information, please visit the library's website.
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, December 16. During January 2015, the City Council is scheduled to only have one meeting – Tuesday, January 20.
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.

skies.jpgEmeryville Oversight Board
The next Emeryville Oversight Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December  9 has been cancelled.  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 the City Clerk's Office at 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.

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.

bottom of email sig.jpgPublic 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 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's website - you decide!

For the latest city events and activities, check out the calendar.

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