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Climate Action Plan 2.0

The City of Piedmont invites residents and and business owners to review and comment on the Climate Action Plan 2.0 and CEQA Negative Declaration during a 45-day review period from January 16, 2018 to March 2, 2018. Both the current draft Climate Action Plan 2.0, with amendments, and the CEQA Negative Declaration are available on the Climate Action Program page. For those without a computer, a limited number of paper copies of the CAP and CEQA Negative Declaration are available for review at the Public Works counter in City Hall at 120 Vista Avenue.

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Council Directs Staff to Return with Short Term Rental Options

At its regular meeting on January 16th, the City Council directed staff to devise a regulatory scheme that would allow short term rentals in Piedmont. At this meeting, there was robust discussion and public testimony on this matter and Council felt that a total prohibition was not in the interest of residents. Staff will work on the subject and bring a regulatory framework back to the Council for consideration, most likely in March this year.

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Council Grants Solid Waste Franchise to Richmond Sanitary Service

At its regular meeting on January 16, 2018, the City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance granting a ten year franchise to Richmond Sanitary Service (aka Republic Services) for solid waste collection. The new franchise takes effect on July 1, 2017 and residents will see a rate increase beginning on that date.

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Street Sweeping Schedule for 2017-2018

On Monday, September 11th, the City of Piedmont began scheduled street sweeping for 2017-2018. Using the successful schedule created in 2016, sweeping will now be conducted on the day after green waste, recycling, and trash are picked up for your home. It will be a three week cycle alternating between the odd and even numbered sides of the street, followed by a week of no sweeping.

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Wireless Application for Sites Near Piedmont High School

At its regular meeting on November 20, 2017, the City Council approved, with conditions, Crown Castle’s applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances for a facility located across from 314 Wildwood Avenue. Preciously at a special meeting on October 30, 2017, the City Council approved, with conditions, Crown Castle’s applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances for three sites 1) near 340-370 Highland Avenue, 2) 740 Magnolia Avenue, and 3) 799 Magnolia Avenue. In addition, at its regular meeting of October 16, 2017, the City Council denied Crown Castle’s applications for Wireless Communication Facilities Permits and Variances submitted by Crown Castle for five of the sites included in the application: 150 Highland Avenue, 303 Hillside Avenue, 428 El Cerrito Avenue, 352 Jerome Avenue, and 1159 Winsor Avenue.

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Piedmont’s Participation in the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

EBCE is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, which is a community-controlled program that brings freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace. The EBCE will serve Alameda County with the goal of providing clean, renewable electricity to residents and businesses at competitive rates. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will continue to provide customer billing, transmission, and distribution services. Participation in this program by the City, its residents and business owners will significantly help Piedmont achieve its climate goals. More information can be found on the East Bay Community Energy website. It is anticipated that EBCE will begin serving customers in spring 2018.

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AC Alert Emergency Notification System

The City will transition to the “AC Alert” system powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away. Please sign up – it only takes about a minute to enroll!

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Get Ready, Piedmont – Disaster Preparedness Brochure & Checklist

The Piedmont Public Safety Committee has prepared the Get Ready, Piedmont disaster preparedness guide. This document provides comprehensive information on preparation for and response to, earthquakes, fires, landslides, and other emergencies. The guide is 50 pages in length with checklists and illustrations on things like turning off utilities, food and water storage, first aid materials, seismic measures etc. This document is available by clicking here as well as on the Public Safety Committee and Fire Department pages of the site. Printed copies are available at the Fire Department.

Also available is the four page checklist which provides a ready reference on steps to take in the event of an earthquake or wildfire as well as general guidance on disaster preparedness and crime prevention. Printed copies are available at the Fire Department.

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EBMUD Grand Ave Pipeline Replacement Project

The East Bay Municipal Utility District will be replacing aging pipelines beneath Grand Avenue and surrounding streets between summer 2017 and summer 2018. They have indicated that lane reductions on Grand Avenue will likely begin the week of July 10 as our crews complete limited pipeline construction and prepare the site. Starting in the fall, pipeline replacement work will take place on Grand Avenue between Arroyo and Oakland Avenues, and on portions of Arroyo and Lower Grand Avenues. For more information, please see EBMUD’s Piedmont Grand Avenue Pipeline Replacement page.

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Paratransit Advisory Planning Committee Seeks a Piedmont Member

The Alameda County Transportation Commission is seeking a Piedmont volunteer to serve on the Paratransit Advisory Planning Committee (PAPCO). Interested residents must be a consumer of public transportation services available in the county for seniors and persons with disabilities.

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