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CITY OF EMERYVILLE
1333 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608
Tel:  (510) 596-4300
Fax:  (510) 658-8095
www.emeryville.org



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Election 2014

Horton Street Traffic Calming Community Workshop: October 6

Annual Celebration of the Arts Exhibition: October 10 Opening Reception!

Citizen’s Police Academy

Water Use Calculator

Tax Credits for Small and Large Businesses

Walkable Emeryville

Coffee with the City Manager

 

 
                         
 
                                   

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Recreation Programs

 
 
 
Emeryville Child Development Center
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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.

 
 
 
                     


 
 
                                   

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEASURE U:  CITY CHARTER AND MEASURE V:  REAL PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX

 


                                      

 Q:     What are the local measures on the Emeryville ballot?

A:      The City Council unanimously placed two measures on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  The first is the Emeryville Charter City Measure (Measure U) and the second is a Real Property Transfer Tax Measure (Measure V).
 
Q:     What is Measure U?

A:      If enacted, Measure U would make Emeryville a Charter City. Some cities in California are organized under general laws of the State, while others are governed by a charter adopted by local voters. Many other cities in the Bay Area, including Berkeley, Albany, Piedmont and Alameda, are charter cities.
 
Q:     What is Measure V?

A:      If enacted, Measure V would allow Emeryville to place a tax on the sale of property in Emeryville. Measure V would help Emeryville maintain essential city services and fund capital projects by placing a tax of $12 per $1,000 of property value.  The tax is paid by the seller and/or buyer of the property.
 
Q:     Why did the City Council place Measures U and V on the November ballot?

A:      In 2011, the State eliminated redevelopment agencies resulting in a loss of nearly $30 million annually, roughly ½ of Emeryville’s budget, that was devoted to public improvement projects and affordable housing. This led to cutbacks in City services and reduced funds for public improvements, such as bicycle-pedestrian improvements and parks and open space. If enacted, Measures U and V would allow the City to take action locally to fix the short and long-term impacts caused by the loss of these funds. Emeryville does not currently have the authority to institute a property transfer tax, so we lose millions of dollars annually. For example, when the Towers in Emeryville sold, our City missed out on collecting more than $2 million in revenue. Only by becoming a Charter City will the City of Emeryville have the legal authority to collect funds from property owners when they purchase or sell property in our City. If Emeryville had instituted the proposed transfer tax last year, Emeryville would have received almost an additional $2.85 million – with 85% coming from the sales of commercial property.

Q:     What local priorities can these funds address?

A:      Passage of measures U and V would provide funding to maintain services such as:
·         Police  & fire services
·         Storm drain improvements and maintenance
·         9-1-1 response times
·         Construction and maintenance of streets, parks, and open space
·         Bike and pedestrian facilities to improve safety
·         Youth and senior programs and facility improvements.
 

Q:     How can I get more information?
A:      For more information, please visit the City’s website.
                                   

                                                                                                    

                                  

                 City of Emeryville Meetings                       

                       
City Council/City Council as Successor Agency to the Emeryville
Redevelopment Agency


The next City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 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 starting the Friday before the meeting.

Emeryville Oversight Board

The next regular Emeryville Oversight Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14.

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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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 are
 
Sign-up today and find out more detailed information on the CodeRED system or contact the City Clerk’s Office.  

Sign up for Public 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 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 of Emeryville, 1333 Park Avenue  Emeryville, California 94608 • Ph: (510) 596-4300 • Fx: (510) 658-8095