Youth Advisory Council Scholarships for Oakley students

The Oakley Youth Advisory Council is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarships. One male and one female high school senior will be selected to receive a $500 scholarship.

Applicants must be Oakley residents, have a GPA of 3.25 or higher, and have completed at least 30 hours of unpaid community service. For more information or to get a copy of the application, visit our website.

Each applicant will need to fill out an application and provide supplemental materials. Students must also submit a creative piece such as a video or essay that shows how he or she has positively contributed to Oakley though volunteer service.

Submit the completed scholarship application packet to 3231 Main Street, Oakley, CA 94561 attention Recreation Division. Or email the packet to All materials are due no later than March 30th at 5 p.m.

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Saturday, April 7 @ 10am – Youth Employment Workshop

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March 27 – Congressman Jerry McNerney and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s Joint Town Hall in Antioch

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Legislature Pushes New Legislation to Address California’s Housing Affordability Crisis

With the ink barely dry on the 15 bill housing package Gov. Jerry Brown signed last fall, legislators in 2018 are pushing a new batch of bills to make additional changes to housing laws.

The League is currently analyzing bills and is in the process of taking positions. It is important for cities to begin tracking these bills and prepare to engage.

Proposed housing legislation this year can be grouped into several main areas: planning and zoning, accessory dwelling units, density bonus, parking restrictions, and homelessness.

Planning and Zoning

  • AB 1771 (Bloom). This is currently a spot bill that will likely seek to change the housing allocation process.
  • AB 2631 (Allen). This bill would seek to streamline the affordable housing process by requiring cities to approve in a ministerial manner (by right) projects that meet certain criteria. These projects would also have limited design review, no parking requirements and would prohibit inclusionary requirements.
  • SB 827 (Weiner). This bill would exempt certain housing projects from locally developed and adopted height limitations, densities, parking requirements, and design review standards. It would allow the project developer to determine density and height, which could range from 45–105 feet depending on its radius from “transit corridor” or “major transit stop.” The League is opposed to SB 827.
  • SB 828 (Weiner). This bill primarily contains intent language to require a local jurisdiction to plan and accommodate 200 percent of the Regional Housing Number Allocation (RHNA) and would establish a methodology for the comprehensive assessment of unmet housing need.

Accessory Dwelling Units

The largest category of housing bills seek to make changes to laws governing accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

  • AB 2017 (Bloom). This bill would limit a public entity’s liability with regard to an owner attempting to bring the ADU into compliance with applicable local agency rules, regulations, or ordinances.
  • AB 2939 (Ting). This bill would require local agencies to ministerially approve an application for a building permit to create within a multi-family zone at least one accessory dwelling unit within an existing multifamily structure with at least five residential units.
  • SB 831 (Wieckowski). This bill would allow ADUs on any lot that is zoned for home construction, require the local agency to act on project applications within 120 days or project would be considered approved and restricts the city from imposing any fees on the project. It would also exempt any minimum lot requirement unless there are specific public safety impacts found.
  • SB 893 (Nguyen). This bill would delete existing law that restricts parking requirements for developments that include the maximum percentage of low- or very low-income units located within one-half mile of a major transit stop.
  • SB 1226 (Bates). This bill would allow a local ordinance to authorize, when a record of the issuance of a building permit for an accessory dwelling unit does not exist, an enforcement official to make a determination of when the accessory dwelling unit was constructed and apply the State Housing Law, the building standards published in the California Building Standards Code, and other specified rules and regulations in effect when the accessory dwelling unit was determined to be constructed in order to issue a building permit for the accessory dwelling unit.

Density Bonus

  • AB 2372 (Gloria). This bill would authorize a city council or county board of supervisors to establish a procedure by ordinance to grant a developer of an eligible housing development a floor area ratio bonus in lieu of a density bonus awarded on the basis of dwelling units per acre. It would be restricted only to multi-family developments
  • AB 2753 (Friedman). This bill would require that if a city or county does not determine whether a density bonus application is complete within 30 calendar days after it was submitted, or within 10 days in the case of a resubmitted application, then that application is deemed approved. It would also require that a city or county, within 60 calendar days after determining an application is complete, act to approve or disapprove the density bonus, and would provide that if the city or county fails to do so within that time period the application is deemed complete and the requested bonus is granted.
  • AB 2792 (Bloom). This bill would prohibit any density bonus, incentives or concessions, waivers or reductions of development standards, and parking ratios from being a basis for finding a project inconsistent with “highly scenic areas.”
  • SB 1227 (Skinner). This bill would require a density bonus to be provided if the development includes at least 20 percent of the total rental beds for students enrolled at an institution of higher education accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It also would require that units be subject to a recorded affordability restriction of 55 years and be provided at the same affordability level as very low-income units and would set the density bonus to 35 percent.

Parking Restrictions

Two bills the League is tracking this year look to restrict cities’ authority to impose parking space requirements for developments.

  • AB 2263 (Friedman). This bill would prohibit a local ordinance from imposing parking standards that exceed the parking standards that applied at the time the historical building was originally constructed for the conversion of a historical structure for residential or mixed use purposes.
  • AB 3000 (Friedman). This bill would prohibit a city, county or city and county from imposing minimum parking requirements for new housing developments where off street parking is permitted.


Supporting additional resources to address California’s homelessness crisis is one of the League’s strategic goals. It is very encouraging to see that legislators are again focused on this issue and looking to increase funding available to cities to create programs and strategies to help California’s homeless residents. The League has not taken a position on these bills, which will likely be debated as part of the state budget process later this spring.

These bills include:

  • AB 2161 (Chiu). This bill would direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to create a state homeless integrated data warehouse, in coordination with the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, to develop a composite portrayal of the homeless population in the state and the services provided to this population or to those at risk of becoming homeless.
  • AB 2162 (Chiu). This would require that supportive housing be approved by right in zones where multiple dwelling uses are permitted, including commercial zones.
  • AB 3171 (Ting). This bill would establish the Local Homelessness Solutions Program and creates the Local Homelessness Solutions Account for the purpose of providing funding to cities to create innovative and immediate solutions to the problems caused by homelessness. This would be a $1.5 billion state budget allocation.
  • SB 912 (Beall). This bill would make a one-time allocation of $2 billion to fund programs that serve the homeless as well as existing HCD administered housing programs for housing low- and moderate-income families.
  • SB 918 (Weiner). This bill would establish the Office of Homeless Youth in the Department of Housing and Community Development and would appropriate up to $60 million for grates to nonprofits or a continuum of care administrative entity.

Other Important Bills

There are several other housing-related bills that do not fall into the above categories. These include:

  • SB 946 (Lara). This bill would prohibit a local authority from adopting rules or regulations that regulate or prohibit sidewalk vendors unless it first adopts a sidewalk vending licensing program that requires a sidewalk vendor to obtain a license from the local authority before selling food or merchandise. It also would prohibit restricting the location of a licensed sidewalk vendor unless the restriction is directly related to objective health, safety, or welfare concerns and licensed sidewalk vendors from selling food or merchandise in a park.
  • AB 3147 (Caballero). This bill would prohibit a housing development project from being subject to a fee, charge, dedication, reservation, or other exaction that is more than that in effect at the time that the application for the housing development project is determined to be complete.
  • AB 3162 (Friedman). This bill would require, for any licensing application submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2019, the department to deny an application for a new facility license, if the proposed location is in proximity to an existing facility that would result in overconcentration. The department would also be required to post the address of the proposed facility on its website at least 45 days prior to approving any application for any new facility.
  • AB 3194 (Daly). This bill would prohibit a housing development project from being found inconsistent, not in compliance, or not in conformity, with the applicable zoning ordinance, and would prohibit a local government from requiring a rezoning of the project site, if the existing zoning ordinance does not allow the maximum residential use, density, and intensity allowable on the site by the land use or housing element of the general plan.

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Saturday, March 17th – Preventing and Eliminating Gophers in your Landscaping

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Pompei Nursery will will be hosting their first complimentary gardening class of the year on Saturday, March 17th. Meeting time is 10:30am until 12:00noon.

Speaker- TERRY GWIN, Landscape Artist & Designer

Classes will be held monthly on the 3rd Saturday morning on the patio if weather permits. Otherwise we will be inside the store. Everyone is welcome to attend, no registration and no fee required. Coffee and pastries will be provided. You can look forward to a new topic each month.

Pompei Nursery, 4701 Main St., Oakley, Ca. 94561


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Final 2017 California Grape Crush Report

The 2017 crush totaled 4,239,836 tons, up 0.5 percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,248,260 tons, down 1.4 percent from 2016. The 2017 white wine variety crush totaled 1,765,424 tons, up 0.8 percent from 2016. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 94,268, up 4.6 percent from 2016, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 131,884, up 38.2 percent from 2016.

The 2017 average price of all varieties was $777.90, up 1.9 percent from 2016. Average prices for the 2017 crop by type were as follows: red wine grapes, $965.54, up 5.1 percent from 2016; white wine grapes, $587.73, down 1.8 percent from 2016; raisin grapes, $252.86, up 18.4 percent; and table grapes, $178.37, up 16.5 percent.

In 2017, Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total crush volume with 14.5 percent. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading percentage of crush with 14.2 percent. Thompson Seedless, the leading raisin grape variety crushed for 2017, was only 1.8 percent of the total crush.

District 13, (Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono, Inyo Counties; and Kings and Tulare Counties north of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192)), had the largest share of the State’s crush, at 1,403,145 tons. The average price per ton in District 13 was $304.47.

Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price of $5,225.04 per ton, up 11.4 percent from 2016. District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second highest return of $2,806.07, up 8.3 percent from 2016. The 2017 Chardonnay price of $923.67 was up 4.2 percent from 2016, and the Cabernet Sauvignon price of $1,552.83 was up 5.6 percent from 2016. The 2017 average price for Zinfandel was $591.05, down 2.2 percent from 2016, while the French Colombard average price was up 2.5 percent from 2016 at $267.39 per ton.

The entire Grape Crush Report is available online at The 2017 Census of Agriculture, going on now, will provide more data on producers and grapes at the county level when published in 2019.

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Lyft Furthers its Development of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology With Gomentum Station Partnership

Lyft and GoMentum Station announced a partnership to test Lyft’s self-driving vehicles at GoMentum Station’s 5,000 acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, California. Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), GoMentum Station provides Lyft with a convenient and secure test facility to rapidly iterate on the development of its self-driving systems.

Last year, Lyft announced that it was building an open self-driving system at the Level 5 Engineering Center, based in Palo Alto, California, working closely with automotive and technology partners. Level 5 is the heart of Lyft’s self-driving division, bringing together a world-class team of hardware and software developers. Through this partnership, Lyft’s vehicles from Level 5 will be tested in Concord at GoMentum Station and help accelerate the introduction of Lyft’s self-driving vehicles to the public.

“At Lyft, we believe in a future where self-driving cars make transportation safer and more accessible to everyone,” said Luc Vincent, VP of Engineering at Lyft. “By partnering with GoMentum Station, we’re able to test our self-driving systems in a secure facility and advance our technology in an efficient way.”

GoMentum Station is rapidly becoming the Bay Area’s premier facility for putting the next generation of transportation technology through its paces. The cutting edge research and collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors are spurring innovation that will improve mobility and the quality of life in Contra Costa County and worldwide.

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Lyft – a company who is known for building relationships with the public sector and fostering innovative solutions – because we know their presence at GoMentum Station will help facilitate more mobility options not only for Contra Costa’s residents, but for the entire Bay Area region in the future,” stated Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of CCTA.

“We are excited to see Lyft, one of the largest innovative transportation companies, join in using Concord’s GoMentum Station – at the forefront of technological advances,” said Edi Birsan, mayor of Concord.

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