‘Five Free Rides’ Incentive Program through June 30, 2019

The Bay Area Carpool Program is offering a new incentive to help reduce single drivers, emissions and congestion: Five Free Rides to all new Scoop and Waze Carpool riders in the nine-county Bay Area. Five Free Rides gives new Scoop and Waze Carpool riders the opportunity to experience the ease of carpooling with improved technology. The Scoop and Waze Carpool applications both provide matches, scheduling and seamless payment.

The promotion starts on February 1 and will run through June 30, 2019. New Scoop users can download the app and the free rides will automatically be placed into their account. New Waze Carpool users should download the app and enter promo code CARPOOL to activate the free rides. On both apps, the offer expires two weeks from download.

“We want to make carpooling feel more accessible as a greener commute option by offering resources and rewards. We hope to remove a barrier by taking the guesswork out of carpooling, and this is where our app partners have been key,” shares Barbara Laurenson, Carpool Program Manager for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

Carpooling can reduce peak hour traffic on well-traveled highways and bridges to the region’s job hubs. The Bay Area’s busiest travel times align with Scoop and Waze Carpool’s height of trip requests and available matches, ideal for a new carpooler looking to improve their work commute.

“We’re proud to be a part of the Bay Area Carpool Program. Together with MTC and our enterprise partners, we hope to help residents and employees across the Bay Area make their commutes more enjoyable and efficient, ultimately helping them be happier and less stressed in their day-to-day lives,” says Robert Sadow, Co-Founder and CEO of Scoop.

“Waze Carpool is thrilled to offer new Bay Area Carpoolers free rides in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and help drivers and riders save time, money and the environment while decreasing traffic,” says Josh Fried, Head of Waze Carpool.

All a new carpooler needs to do is download Scoop, or download Waze Carpool with the promo code CARPOOL, and enter their trip details to find a free carpool ride. More information is available at carpool.511.org.

Five Free Rides is a collaboration between the public and private sectors designed to benefit commuters and reduce congestion, a shared goal. MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

The Bay Area Carpool Program is an initiative of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Five Rides Free is funded by MTC with grants from FHWA and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

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Monday, June 10, 2019 – Patriots Jet Team Foundation Golf Tournament

It’s that time again for the most EXCITING and FUN Golf Tournament 
of the Year!! 
for The 5th Annual Patriots Jet Team Foundation Golf Classic
WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2019
    Where:   Discovery Bay Golf & Country Club
1475 Clubhouse Dr
Discovery Bay, CA  94505
Mark it on your calendars. The date is set for the 5th Annual Patriots Jet Team Foundation Golf Classic to raise funding to support our Aviation & Aerospace Academy STEM programs.  
Your support is very much appreciated.  The PJTF Programs touched over 5000 students in 2018 with hands on programs, and continues to develop projects through collaboration with STEM teachers and the ROTC classes in the high schools.  PJTF volunteers are now in the middle schools conducting the student rocket launch competition, along with additional hands on projects.  The Aviation Academy continues to grow and touch the lives of many of our youth in our communities.


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Last Chance for Students to Sign Up to Learn how Local Government Works

Tomorrow, February 22nd is the deadline to sign up to participate in the Oakley Youth Advisory Council’s Youth in Government Day. This program will provide Oakley youth the opportunity to experience what it is like to work for the City of Oakley.

This event will provide students job shadowing experience with staff from various departments in the City of Oakley including Planning, Engineering and more. The day will conclude with a mock City Council meeting where the participants will play the role of Council members and staff. Applications are available online at http://www.oakleyinfo.com. For more information contact Lindsey at bruno@ci.oakley.ca.us or 925-625-7042.

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US Senate Approves the Proposed Delta National Heritage Area

Last Tuesday, the Senate passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a large public lands bill that includes the establishment of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (NHA). The Commission would be the local coordinating entity for the Delta NHA.

NHAs are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects. NHAs have no effect on water rights, property rights, or hunting and fishing rights within the designated area. If the Delta NHA passes the House and is signed by the President, the Commission would have three years to prepare a management plan.

“The Delta is one of the most productive and ecologically important watersheds in the country,” said Senator Feinstein. “Our bill recognizes the Delta’s important contributions to California and helps secure additional resources to protect its rich culture and history. Establishing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area will ensure future generations can enjoy everything this region has to offer.” For more information, click here.

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California Duck Days

Saturday, February 23
Times vary by activity
Yolo County Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters
45211 County Road 32B Davis, CA 95618(MAP)


This annual wetlands and wildlife festival takes place at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area which extends into the Delta and is at the heart of the Pacific Flyway. There are field tripsworkshops, and activities for everyone – from owling to avian photography, duck calling to birdhouse building!

All workshops and activities are included in the entrance fee ($20/car). Field trips cost extra. See California Duck Days for more details, the full schedule, and to register early. You definitely do not want to miss this!

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On This Day: Roosevelt Authorizes Internment of Japanese-Americans

Today marks the anniversary of the signing of executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

On February 19, 1942, just three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive Order, Number 9066. The order gave the military broad powers to exclude any citizen from military areas along a fifty- to sixty-mile-wide coastal area stretching from Washington state to California and extending inland into southern Arizona. While no specific group or location was mentioned in the order, it was quickly applied to virtually the entire Japanese American population on the West Coast. The order also authorized transporting these citizens to assembly centers hastily set up and governed by the military in California, Arizona, Washington state, and Oregon. Although it is not well known, the same executive order (and other war-time orders and restrictions) were also applied to smaller numbers of residents of the United States who were of Italian or German descent. For example, 3,200 resident aliens of Italian background were arrested and more than 300 of them were interned. About 11,000 German residents—including some naturalized citizens—were arrested and more than 5000 were interned. Yet while these individuals (and others from those groups) suffered grievous violations of their civil liberties, the war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans were worse and more sweeping, uprooting entire communities and targeting citizens as well as resident aliens.

April 30, 1942: Buses line up at 23rd Street and Vermont Avenue to carry 600 Japanese to the temporary internment camp at Santa Anita racetrack. This photo was published in the May 1, 1942, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times

Initially Japanese Americans were encouraged to voluntarily evacuate from a limited number of areas; about 7 percent of the total Japanese American population in these areas complied. On March 2, 1942, under the authority of the executive order, Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt of the Western Defense Command issued Public Proclamation No. 1, which established Military Area No. 1 (the western halves of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as southern Arizona) and Military Area No. 2 (the remaining areas of those four states). DeWitt issued a series of subsequent proclamations that clarified that all persons of Japanese descent would be removed from the entire state of California and the remainder of Military Area No. 1, which began the controlled, involuntary evacuation and detention of West Coast residents of Japanese American ancestry on a 48-hour notice. From the end of March to August, approximately 112,000 persons left their homes for civil control stations, proceeded to assembly centers, then were transported to relocation centers across the interior of the country. Nearly 70,000 of the evacuees were American citizens. There were no charges of disloyalty against any of these citizens, nor was there any vehicle by which they could appeal their loss of property and personal liberty.
Almost everyone interred as a result of the Executive Order 9066 lost property, a business, money or a combination of the three. They were given little time to get their affairs in order and many left home with only the items they could carry. Some who were landowners tried to sell their property, but ended up receiving only pennies on the dollar because all sales had to be concluded in such a short period of time.

Twelve temporary detention centers were in California and one was in Oregon. They were set up on race tracks, fairgrounds, or livestock pavilions. Detainees were housed in livestock stalls or windowless shacks that were crowded and lacked sufficient ventilation, electricity, and sanitation facilities. Food was often spoiled. There was a shortage of food and medicine. These facilities were home for several months before they were transported to a permanent relocation center.

While the majority of those interned spent the remainder of World War II in camps, in December 1943, male U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were officially reclassified as draft eligible. The highly decorated, all-Japanese American 100th Battalion /442nd Regimental Combat Team that fought in Italy is one example of this irony. Other Japanese Americans served as translators as well as ordinary soldiers in the Pacific theater. During the war, 25,000 Japanese Americans served, though many had families who were still interned, and many had themselves been living behind barbed wire.

Executive Order, Number 9066 withstood legal challenge before the Supreme Court, which upheld the constitutionality of the order in the case of Korematsu v. United States. In Korematsu’s case, the Court accepted the U.S. military’s argument that the loyalties of some Japanese Americans resided not with the United States but with their ancestral country, and that because separating “the disloyal from the loyal” was a logistical impossibility, the internment order had to apply to all Japanese Americans within the restricted area. However in the coram nobis cases some forty years later, it was disclosed that government lawyers withheld crucial evidence that disputed the claim of “military necessity.” The government files disclosed that the Justice Department lawyers who handled these Supreme Court cases had complained that their superiors were suppressing evidence and lying to the justices, but their complaints had been ignored.

In December 1944, when it appeared that the Japanese would be defeated, a six-month process began of releasing internees (often to “resettlement” facilities and temporary housing) and shutting down the camps. In August 1945, the war was over. By 1946, the camps were closed and all of the internees had been released to rebuild their lives. These US citizens and long-time residents who had been incarcerated had lost their personal liberties, and many also lost their homes, businesses, property, and savings.

Executive Order 9066 lapsed at the end of the war and was eventually terminated by Proclamation 4417, signed by President Gerald Ford on February 19, 1976. In 1980, Jimmy Carter signed legislation to create the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC). The CWRIC was appointed to conduct an official governmental study of Executive Order 9066, related wartime orders, and their impact on Japanese Americans in the West and Alaska Natives in the Pribilof Islands.

In December 1982, the CWRIC issued its findings in Personal Justice Denied, concluding that the incarceration of Japanese Americans had not been justified by military necessity. The report determined that the decision to incarcerate was based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” The Commission recommended legislative remedies consisting of an official Government apology and redress payments of $20,000 to each of the survivors; a public education fund was set up to help ensure that this would not happen again (Public Law 100-383).

On August 10, 1988, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, based on the CWRIC recommendations, was signed into law by Ronald Reagan. On November 21, 1989, George H.W. Bush signed an appropriation bill authorizing payments to be paid out between 1990 and 1998. In 1990, surviving internees began to receive individual redress payments and a letter of apology.

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Saturday, March 2 – Save the Date for the Youth Employment Workshop

Oakley teens are invited to a Youth Employment Fair on Saturday, March 2nd from noon to 2 p.m. in the Oakley City Council Chambers. Come and meet potential employers and practice interviewing.

For more information and to reserve an interview time, call (925) 625-7042 or email bruno@ci.oakley.ca.us .

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