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Archive for November 21st, 2007

Mulberry’s to Open 12/8/07 now

Posted by drewbendon on November 21, 2007

Update: This week, Mulberry’s site indicates a 12/8/07 opening.

Here’s the latest from the Mulberry’s Website:

We’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Our tin ceiling is gleaming, the acid-washed concrete floor is shining, and the carrera marble countertops are glistening. Now we’re just putting on the finishing touches, holding our breath while deliveries of great food and drink arrive. We’re planning to be OPEN on Saturday, December 1st, so come by for a latte, a sandwich or a milkshake and take a look around. See you at Mulberry’s!

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Will We Have Contested Elections?

Posted by drewbendon on November 21, 2007

UPDATE (12/6/07):  3 have pulled papers for 2 seats on the City Council and 5 for 3 seats on the School Board.  Lets hope they all run.

Perhaps one of the most disappointing aspects of Piedmont politics is how frequently we have uncontested elections. This March two seats on the City Council and three seats on the Board of Education are up for election. In both cases one incumbent is termed out, which means that each body will at least have one new member. However, at this point, to the best of my knowledge there are not more than two people running for City Council or three people running for a position on the Board of Education. We need more candidates! We need choice! If you have ever considered running for office, please do it. The deadline to file is December 7, 2007, but there are papers to fill out and signatures to obtain, so now’s the time! Of course the details and forms are not available online at the City’s website, but you can get them by calling the City Clerk (Ann Swift) at 510-420-3040 or by visiting City Hall. I’ll say it one more time for emphasis: Please!

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Beach Field Use Restrictions to be Considered at the 12/3/07 City Council Meeting

Posted by drewbendon on November 21, 2007

On December 3, 2007 the City Council will consider the proposed revised use restrictions for Beach Field.  You can see them here:  Current and Proposed Use Restrictions.  Highlights of the changes are:  (1) the field will be closed to the public during school hours or when the recreation department is running a program there, (2) the field will otherwise be open from 8:00 to 8:00 (or dusk, whichever is later) during the week and until 9:00 for 16 days (Mondays through Thursdays) in the fall when it is lit for soccer use until 9:00, (3) the field will be open from 9:00 to 8:00 on Saturdays (or dusk, whichever is later), (4) baseball games may not start before 10:00 or after 4:00 and soccer games may not start before 9:00 or after 4:00, (5) on Sundays the field is open from 9:00 to 7:00, (6) groups, defined as 12 or more adults (over 21) participating in the same activity or game without a permit are prohibited, (7) the field may be locked.

Some problems I see with these restrictions.  What does it mean when they say that the recreation department is running a program on the field?  If Schoolmates takes the kids down there to play a game does everyone else have to leave the field?  And what if the recreation department use takes only a portion of the field, does that mean that others can’t go throw a football or kick a soccer ball or shoot stomp rockets?  Why can soccer start at 9:00 and baseball has to wait until 10:00?  The severe restrictions on adult use and morning use prevent, for example, a group wishing to practice Tai Chi, or individuals with bad knees who want a soft surface to run on in the morning.  The phrase “activity” is ridiculously broad.  Anytime more than 11 adults are participating in an activity (even if it is with their children) they are in violation of the ordinance.   Does it mean that if two groups are informally practicing baseball at the 2 different diamonds that the aggregate parental involvement may not exceed 11 (because practicing baseball is one activity)?  Does it mean that we need to get a permit to have our post-season soccer party on the field or at the picnic tables if more than 11 adults will be present?  This list could go on …  How are they going to lock the field?  Where will the additional fencing (necessary to lock the field) be placed and how much will that cost? 

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