Monthly Archives: October 2009

Making Changes to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance

California law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a general plan. The general plan is a “blueprint” for development. It is a document that is required to address land use, circulation (traffic), housing, conservation, … Continue reading

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October 17 was a fabulous day for a ballgame

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, … Continue reading

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E. Cypress Irrigation Ditch Clean Up Completed

Concerned over the growing debris in an irrigation ditch located near the Contra Costa Canal led BROAKLEY, a local blogger, to ask for a cleanup in a post on his blog in April. It took longer than expected to find the … Continue reading

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California Water Rights – In the Beginning

The Central Valley of California is one of the world’s greatest, both in production and in size. Its 50-mile width is tucked between two notable mountain ranges; lengthwise the valley stretches 600 miles north and south, dotting the countryside with … Continue reading

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Sales Tax – Buy Local

The California sales and use tax is one of the primary sources for financing local governments. When taxable purchases are made locally, Oakley receives 1% of the sale. Purchases made outside of Oakley generate no revenue for the City. So, … Continue reading

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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

One of the many changes to local planning ushered in during social upheaval of the 60’s and 70’s was the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA. Enacted in 1970, CEQA was patterned after a federal law, the National Environmental Policy … Continue reading

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Transportation Committees

In the ongoing effort to make sure that East County continues to improve its transportation options four committees have been created. Oakley representatives serve on all four. These committees meet the second Thursday evening of each month at 801 Wilbur … Continue reading

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