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              Update on Proposed Citywide Minimum Wage

At a special study session on April 7, the City Council received public comments regarding the proposed citywide minimum wage ordinance.  Based upon the feedback received, the City Council will be considering a minimum wage ordinance on May 2, 2015 based upon the following key components:

  • Effective July 1, a minimum wage of $14.42 for businesses with more than 55 employees working within the City of Emeryville.
  • Effective July 1, a minimum wage of $12.25 for businesses with 55 or fewer employees working within the City of Emeryville; rising to $13.00 effective July 1, 2016, $14.00 effective July 1, 2017, $15.00 effective July 1, 2018; and then adjusted by the consumer price index each year effective July 1, 2019 and thereafter.
  • Minimum wage for “learners” as provided by State law.
  • Opt out provision for collective bargaining units.
  • No wage credits for provision of health insurance or receipt of tips.
  • Paid sick leave equivalent to the Oakland Lift Up Ordinance.
  • Hospitality charges equivalent to the Oakland Lift Up Ordinance with the additions of revisions proposed by Lift Up.

 For more information, contact the Community Development Department.  

Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up

Beach cleanup 

Come out and clean up Shorebird Park with your neighbors, friends and family!  Bring your own collection buckets and or bags, garden claw, and reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and wear layers, sunscreen, hat and work gloves.  We’ll have limited supply, so to make sure there’s enough to go around, bring your own! Refreshments provided.  

When: Saturday, April 18
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Noon

Earth Day Compost Come-N-Get It

Just in time for Spring planting and nourishing your garden all season long, compost will be delivered for Earth Day to Big Daddy Community Garden.Bring your own shovel and bags! Limit 2 bags per property/person.  

At press time, we are not able to provide exact time and date, but it will be on or around April 22nd. To be certain when the compost has arrived, and/or to schedule a pick-up time, contact Vickie Jo Sowell.  
Big Daddy Community Garden is always open to the public the 1st Sunday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Get your garden started.  Come-N-Get your compost!

Bike Share Coming to Emeryville!
The cities of Emeryville, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Berkeley are working together on a proposal with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Bay Area Bike Share program, increasing the number of bikes in Bay Area Bike Share from 700 to 7,000, and growing the program from a successful pilot to a robust transportation option for Bay Area residents, at no cost to taxpayers.

The planned expansion would be accomplished through a public-private partnership with Motivate, the nation’s largest bike share operator, at no cost to the taxpayer.  Motivate is the current operator of the Bay Area Bike Share pilot, having won a competitive bid to do so in 2013. 

Under the proposal, bike share station locations would be developed in consultation with residents and local businesses, through a series of open forums and outreach events. Twenty percent of stations would be placed in MTC-designated Communities of Concern, putting equity at the core of the program’s design as it expands throughout the region.  Discounted passes would also be made available to customers enrolled in Bay Area utility lifeline programs.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) launched the Bay Area Bike Share in August 2013 with a 700 bike system. Bike stations in San Francisco have accounted for about 90 percent of all trips during the pilot phase. 

Motivate’s proposal includes bringing a total of 850 bikes to Oakland, 400 to Berkeley and 100 to Emeryville, and boosting the number of bikes in San Francisco to 4,500 from the current 328, and the number in San Jose to 1,000 from the current 129. Motivate plans to add 150 more bikes to the Bay Area Bike Share fleet after the four-phase expansion is complete in late 2017. While the locations of these bikes have not been identified, Motivate proposes to keep at least 50 of them in the East Bay.

If approved by MTC, the system will be brought to scale gradually, with installation of new stations occurring throughout 2016 and 2017.

Drought State of Emergency
With the lowest snowpack ever recorded and no end to the drought in sight, Governor Brown has announced the first ever statewide mandatory water reductions in the State of California with the goal of reducing water usage by 25 percent.  This savings amounts to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months or almost as much water that is currently in Lake Oroville.

Some of the actions being implemented include the following:

  • Creation of a temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models; 
  • Replacement of 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping in partnership with local governments
  • Requirements for campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use
  • Prohibition on new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used
  • A ban on watering ornamental grass on public street medians.
  • Calls for local water agencies to adjust rate structures to implement conservation pricing (use more water, pay more for water).
  • Updating standards for toilets, faucets and outdoor landscaping in residential communities and taking action against communities that ignore standards.
  • Permanent monthly reporting of water usage, conservation and enforcement actions by local water providers.

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.

Emeryville Child Development Center Now Enrolling

Girl with Firefighter hat- ECDC

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

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 Thursday, April 16. At this meeting, the City Council will be considering the proposed 3706 Adeline affordable housing development.The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21. 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, 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  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.

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

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