Proposed City-Wide Minimum Wage Ordinance
The Emeryville City Council is in the process of adopting a citywide minimum wage that is higher than the minimum wage required by the State of California and is asking for public input before finalizing the proposed local minimum wage law. The City Council is especially interested in comments regarding the proposed ordinance’s potential impacts on various types of businesses and workers (such as those receiving tips), issues relating to small businesses (including a definition for small businesses) and on the proposed implementation timeline.
The proposed minimum wage ordinance (outlined below) is scheduled to be further discussed at the April 7 City Council meeting. The following are the key components of the proposed ordinance as discussed by the City Council to date:
* Primarily based upon the recent voter approved Oakland “Lift Up” minimum wage ballot measure which included a minimum wage as well as mandatory paid sick leave.
* Eligible employees include private for profit, private non-profit, and City employees that work at least 2 hours per week in the City of Emeryville
* An exemption only for workers under collective bargaining agreements which expressly waive the provisions of the proposed citywide ordinance.
* An initial minimum hourly wage that mirrors the City’s Living Wage (which currently applies only to City contractors), currently $14.03 per hour and is adjusted annually on July 1 (which is a proposed minimum wage higher than the Lift Up ballot initiative), and increased thereafter by the local consumer price index (i.e. inflation).
* Maximum of 48 paid sick leave hours accruable for employees of small businesses (10 or less employees within Emeryville) and 72 hours for employees of large businesses.
* An effective date of July 1, 2015.
A copy of the draft ordinance will be available by the end of February and will be mailed to all businesses with current business licenses and will also be posted on the City’s website homepage. Businesses and other members of the public who wish to know more about the proposed ordinance and/or wish to comment upon the proposed draft ordinance may either attend the April 7 meeting and/or send an email to Michelle DeGuzman.
Sewer Construction Project is Underway
The City is conducting a rehabilitation of the City’s sanitary sewer system in the following areas:
* Horton Street to 59th Street (North of Powell Street)
* Powell Street (Between Emery Cove Marina & Marina Park)
* Powell Street (Between Fremont Street & Horton Street)
* Easement between 54th Street & 53rd Street
Construction work will be conducted Monday through Friday from 7am. to 6pm. and is expected to be fully completed by the end of May.
During construction there may be minor traffic delays along work sites and street closures may occur. In order to complete the work, crews will need to prohibit street parking during construction work hours. NO PARKING signs will be posted along impacted streets and will be enforced by the Police Department. Please see the posted signs for exact hours and locations as they may vary according to scheduled tasks. All other usual parking restrictions, including no parking for street cleaning will still be in effect. No significant interruptions in sewer, water, electric, gas or phone services is anticipated. The contractor, Precision Engineering, will be responsible for notifying occupants of sewer service disruptions but no other utility disruptions are expected.
During construction, the City recommends that the community do the following:
* Park vehicles outside of construction area to avoid oil spray or other complications during construction work and street repair. The oil and asphalt used is not easily removed from feet, shoes, floors and rugs.
* Tie or keep pets inside to assure their safety and that of workers.
* Keep children area from work area.
* Persons sensitive to petroleum products should be aware that asphalt will be used in this project.
* For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 510-596-4330.
Interested in Countywide Transportation/Mass Transit Planning?
Alameda CTC is hosting five public planning open houses throughout Alameda County in February and March. The first one is Thursday, February 24 from 5:30 - 7:30p.m. at the Fruitvale - San Antonio Senior Center in Oakland.
Come learn about, discuss and give us your ideas on plans for the future of transportation in Alameda County, including public transit, major streets and roadways, and trucking, goods movement and shipping. You are welcome to visit at any time during the two-hour open houses.
* Tuesday, February 24. 5:30pm-7:30pm
Fruitvale- San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E. 12th Street, Oakland
(In conjunction with AC Transit)
Spanish translation services will be provided.
Habra interpretes de espanol disponibles.
* Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.
St. Mary's Center, 925 Brockhurst, Oakland
(In conjunction with AC Transit)
* Sunday, March 22, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont
(In conjunction with AC Transit)
For more information check out the ACTC website.
2015 Business Licenses
Any individual, partnership, corporation, or sole proprietor, who wishes to conduct any business within the City of Emeryville must secure a business license certificate and pay the license fee. Business licenses are due no later than March 1, 2015. Please refer to the City of Emeryville website or contact the Business License division at 510-596-4325 if you have questions or need to request forms.
Emeryville Child Development Center
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 and low income families applying for subsidized openings for children age 3-5. There is a waitlist 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 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
The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 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 regular Emeryville Oversight Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 has been rescheduled as a special meeting for Tuesday, February 24. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24. 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 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.
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