Saturday, October 08 – Oakley Out of the Darkness Community Walk – Register Today

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Walk Date: 10/08/2016
Walk Location: Cypress Grove Community Park
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/08/2016 at 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 9:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

Register Today

oakleyafspwalk@gmail.com

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Oakley Veterans Memorial Brick Sales

logo The Veterans of Oakley will be offering bricks for sale starting Saturday, May 28 through Monday, July 11. You can place an order via their website or come by this Saturday for Oakley’s Memorial Day Observance and visit the Veterans of Oakley booth, the event begins at 10:30. Order forms are also available at City Hall and Stonecrest Lending (2005 Main St, Oakley, CA)

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7 things that make mosquitoes bite you more

We haven’t received any West Nile warnings from the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District , but I’m sure with the warming weather that won’t last much longer. The following article is from Business Insider
Mosquitoes choose their prey — you — based on a whole bunch of factors. But there’s good news: Some of the things that might make you especially attractive to them are things you can actually change. Scientific research has found evidence supporting several reasons why mosquitoes may seek you out.

These studies are often on different kinds of mosquitoes, however, so the actual things attracting them to you may vary depending on which species are nearby. And many of these studies are small, so these are preliminary hypotheses about what might be going on, not ironclad conclusions.

Since — depending on the types of mosquitoes in your area — these little flying beasts can transmit deadly diseases like Zika, malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile virus, it would be wise to try to reduce your allure as much as you can. Here are seven things that could make you irresistible to the pests:

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NOW WATCH: Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on Earth — should we kill them all?

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Affordable Housing Update – Governor Brown’s By Right Housing Proposal

Information provided by the League of California Cities

Background:

As a component of his recently released budget May Revise, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to reduce perceived additional costs and delays associated with the approval of housing developments containing specified percentages of affordable housing by eliminating public input and project level environmental analysis, restricting design review, and making approvals non-discretionary or “ministerial.”

In brief, the proposal allows developers to get their projects approved by city staff in an expedited timeframe based on whatever general plan and “objective” zoning criteria are in effect, and even authorizes staff to approve zoning changes, zoning variances and conditional use permits without public review.

The League raised significant concerns over these proposals, which may be viewed online, at hearings held last Wednesday and conveyed that removing opportunities for public input undermined transparency and public trust in the actions of local government, and could inspire residents to pursue local ballot measures in response. Labor and environmental groups testified in opposition to the removal of environmental review, and housing advocates questioned the minimal levels of affordability proposed for these developments.

According to the Administration’s information, the potential savings for shutting out public review appears minimal. Despite a lengthy description of the alleged problems created by community input, the May Revise calculates a savings of only 5 percent in project costs. Such a low number actually supports a counter argument that the concern may be overblown.

Excluding the public from decisions that affect them undermines the principles of the Brown Act, which states in its preamble: “The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created. (Sec. 54950 Gov. Code)

Changes caused by design review were assigned 7 percent of project costs, yet having good design (as opposed to taking short cuts on quality) has long been maintained by affordable housing developers as the key to community acceptance of higher density and affordable housing projects.

ACTION:

Budget subcommittee hearings seem to be advancing quickly this year. Several legislators raised concerns about the policy implications of this proposal while it was being reviewed in the Budget subcommittees last week. While it was unveiled as part of the budget, it has major policy implications deserving of careful Legislative consideration.

City officials should contact their legislators and urge that this proposal not be fast-tracked with the budget, but given the careful analysis and consideration it deserves.

1) Call YOUR Senator and Assembly Member ASAP.

Tell them you oppose the proposal by the Governor to pre-empt local discretionary land use approvals of specified housing developments by having all such approvals be considered “ministerial” actions, meaning eliminating opportunities for public review, project-level environmental review and restricting design review. Eliminating opportunities for public review of these major development projects goes against the principles of local democracy and public engagement. While it may be frustrating for some developers to hear concerns about traffic, parking and other development impacts, those affected by such projects have a right to be heard. Not having such outlets will increase public distrust in government.

You can find your Legislator’s contact information here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

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Saturday, May 28 – Memorial Day Observance in Oakley

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The City of Oakley will hold its fifth Annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony  on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at the Civic Center Park, 3231 Main Street beginning at 10:30  a.m.

Oakley’s program will include the Presentation of Colors, performance from the  Freedom High School Choir, a student decoration of the memorial wreath, 3‐volley salute,  taps, and more! The event’s Memorial Day address will be delivered by Gene Stonebarger.  Stonebarger is a long‐time Oakley resident who served in WWII as part of the Army Air  Corps, the military aviation arm that preceded the establishment of the United States Air  Forces (USAF) in 1947. Through his daughter, Stonebarger will share memories of old  Oakley, as well as his assignments during the Second World War as a member of the 490th  Bombardment Squadron also know as the “Burma Bridge Busters.”

Now in its fifth year, the City of Oakley invites the public to join together as a  community to commemorate the American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who  have died while serving our nation. Although Oakley does not have a cemetery of soldiers’  graves to decorate, many Oakley residents and their families have borne the cost of our  freedom. Accordingly, we will honor our fallen heroes’ devotion by presenting a memorial  wreath to the symbolic Soldiers Battle Cross, representative of all who have perished, not a particular military branch or person. The cross made up of a soldier’s rifle with bayonet  attached stuck into the ground, helmet on top, dog tags hanging and boots aside, are  typically laid out in respect in the field. The gesture is a means for the still living veterans
to  mourn the loss of their soldiers in arms.

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Brown Bag Lunch With the Mayor

779 Don’t miss the opportunity to have lunch with the Mayor and learn about events and activities in Oakley that impact the business community and the City as a whole . The brown bag lunches with the Mayor are scheduled for the 4th Friday of every month at City Hall.

The next lunch is Friday, May 27th from noon – 1:00 p.m. and cover the topic of a possible commuter train service in downtown.

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Highway 4 Construction Work – Week of May 23, 2016

The SR-4 corridor construction area is a 55 mph zone and a double fine zone so remember to slow for the cone zone!

Full Freeway Closures

Eastbound:
There are no eastbound full freeway closures planned for this week.

Westbound:
There are no westbound full freeway closures planned for this week.

State Route 160:
There are no full freeway closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.

Highway Lane Closures

State Route 4 and State Route 160
There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between
Contra Loma Boulevard and Railroad Avenue on Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to
7:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between
Bailey Road and Contra Loma Boulevard on Monday through Friday from 4:30 am to 12:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between the  State Route 160 / State Route 4 connector ramp and A Street / Lone Tree Way on Monday through Thursday evenings from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Ramp Closures

State Route 4:
There are no ramp closures planned for this week.

State Route 160:
There are no ramp closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.

Local Street Closures

There will be lane closures in the eastbound and westbound directions of Larkspur Drive
between Hillcrest Avenue and Wildflower Drive on Saturday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be lane closures in the eastbound and westbound directions of Sunset Drive
between Hillcrest Avenue and Devpar Court on Saturday through Friday from 9:00 am to
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of Hillcrest Avenue between Larkspur Drive and Sunset Drive on Saturday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of A Street / Lone Tree Way between Rossi Avenue and E. Tregallas Road on Saturday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Highway 4 widening hotline at (925) 756-0721 or visit our web site at http://widensr4.org.

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