Monthly Archives: March 2009

Redoubt Volcano from space

See that blackish-gray poof in the center? That’s the ash cloud. The blue outline is the Alaskan border, seen from the extreme west by the MTSAT-1R (MTSAT = Multi-Functional Transport SAtellite) as it passed over Asia. Mount Redoubt, or Redoubt … Continue reading

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Earthquake Preparedness

On October 17, 1989, at 5:04:15 p.m. a magnitude 6.9 earthquake severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. The epicenter was located at 37.04° N. latitude, 121.88° W. longitude near Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, approximately … Continue reading

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The Redevelopment Agency – what is it?

You’ve driven through that part of town before. Streets lined with deteriorating, vacant houses with broken windows and sagging front porches. Junk cars and litter strewn across inadequate sidewalks. Downtowns cluttered with tattoo parlors, adult bookstores, seedy bars, too may … Continue reading

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Economic Development – Part 4

Redeveloping Downtown   To further define Oakley, it will need to have a heart – the center of the community and the center of commerce. This is the vision of the historic downtown area. The City Council made a cognizant … Continue reading

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Economic Development – Part 3

Creating the infrastructure framework that supports economic development activities   Redevelopment bond money will be used to improve the streets, sidewalks and street amenities to downtown. It can also be used to provide infrastructure to areas that are ready for … Continue reading

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Economic Development – Part 2

Business retention and expansion   Other important economic development components, and probably the ones with the lowest profile, are business retention and business expansion. Essentially, what steps are we taking to care for our existing businesses? The City works with … Continue reading

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Economic Development – Part 1

There is a term that is tossed about at nearly every City Council meeting – “Economic Development”. What does the term mean for Oakley? Economic Development is surprisingly difficult to precisely define. A search of the Internet does not help. … Continue reading

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