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                        Minimum Wage Ordinance

To help working households achieve economic security and acknowledging the higher relative cost of living in San Francisco Bay Area, several Bay Area cities have adopted citywide minimum wage ordinances recently – either by City Council sponsored legislation (Berkeley, Richmond, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and San Jose) or by ballot initiative (Oakland and San Francisco).

In response to this regional effort, the Emeryville City Council  is also planning to adopt a citywide minimum wage that is higher than the minimum wage required by the State of California. The proposed minimum wage ordinance (outlined below) is scheduled for Council action at the April 7 City Council meeting. The following are the key current components of the proposed ordinance:
 
*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.
* An exemption only for workers under collective bargaining agreements.
* An initial minimum hourly wage that mirrors the City’s Living Wage (which currently applies only to City contractors), $14.42 per hour exclusive of benefits as of July 1, 2015 (which is a proposed minimum wage higher than the Oakland Lift Up ballot initiative and other recently based Bay Area minimum wage ordinances), and increased annually thereafter by the local consumer price index (i.e. inflation)).
* An effective date of July 1, 2015.

For more information, contact the Community Development Department.  
 
   
 
EMERY GO ROUND SHUTTLE PROPOSED ASSESSMENT DISTRICT EXENSION
   
 The Citywide Property Based Improvement District (PBID), which funds the Emery Go Round (EGR) shuttle is about to sunset. In 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 plans to ask property owners to support an extension of the current PBID for another 10-15 years – this time including all parcels – commercial and residential within the assessment district.  The City is planning to place the proposed new PBID management plan and petition (including governance and assessment formula) for property owner consideration (Proposition 218 ballot process) in June 2015, with subsequent City Council action in July.

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). The PBID management plan and assessment funding formula were ratified pursuant to an assessment ballot proceeding conducted in accordance with state law (Proposition 218), and based upon this ratification, approved by the City Council.  The current annual assessment levy (FY 2014-15 for EGR service through December 31, 2015) is $0.262 for parcels with office/retail uses; $0.131 per structural square foot for parcels with industrial/warehouse use; and $130.89 per unit for commercial (rental) housing complexes of more than 4 units. 
 
Below is the schedule leading to the adoption of the proposed PBID extension. In addition to the community workshops and City Council meetings listed below, the City will be also scheduling meetings with homeowners associations, neighborhood groups, and the business community to obtain input regarding the proposed PBID.

For more information, contact Karen Hemphill, Assistant to the City Manager at  or 510-596-4372.
 
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New State Mandated Water Conservation Measures
The State of California will be under a new set of water conservation rules beginning next month. The mandatory regulations to go into effect April 15 include:

* A ban on serving water at restaurants and bars unless it's requested.
* Hotels and motels must offer guests the option of not having their towels and linens washed daily.
* Watering lawns within 48 hours after measurable rainfall will be banned.
* Lawn watering will be limited to two days a week for water districts that don't yet have limits in place.

"The objective is not to control the number of days people irrigate, but to control how much water they use on their landscape irrigation," said David Bolan with the Association of California Water Agencies. "We need to keep the eyes on that prize."

The measures are designed to achieve a 20 percent reduction in water use. Violators could face a $500 fine. California is now in its fourth year of severe drought.

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.

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.

Emeryville Child Development Center Now Enrolling

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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
 

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
 

Nixel
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 17 and the next meeting after that is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. 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 www.emeryville.org  starting the Friday before the meeting.  

Emeryville Oversight Board

The Oversight Board regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 has been canceled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 28, 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  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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