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Archive for February, 2010

Wildwood Crab Feed

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 5, 2010

Come out Saturday night to the Wildwood Dad’s Club crab feed.

Wildwood Dads ClubBuy Tickets!

Doors open at 6pm for music and cocktails. Dinner will be served at 7pm.

  • All-you-can-eat fresh Dungeness crab
  • Dads Club Lasagna
  • Fresh Salad
  • No-host bar
  • Great raffle prizes
  • Live music featuring the Montclair Jazz Band

And of course, your very own Wildwood Dads Club ShowProceeds from this fundraiser benefit Wildwood Elementary School and, in the past, have contributed to projects such as play structures, new computers, the lunch-area arbor, and various amenities enjoyed everyday by Wildwood students.

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They Want All of Our Reserves – Special Undergrounding Meeting Saturday

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 5, 2010

From the city:

This message is to inform you that the agenda and accompanying staff
reports for the February 6th Special City Council meeting have been
posted. This special meeting will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday,
February 6th in the City Council Chambers.
Please see the Council’s
web page at http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/citycouncil/ to access and
download the documents.

UPDATE: After reading the staff report I learn that in addition to the $1,004,832 already appropriated from the city’s general fund, that now there are ADDITIONAL mistakes requiring another $1,150,000, this time from the Capital Improvement Reserve. CIP funds are what keep ALL of Piedmont the great city it is. CIP funds should not be used for undergrounding.

Please let the city council know your opinion:

afriedman@ci.piedmont.ca.us; dbarbieri@ci.piedmont.ca.us; jchiang@ci.piedmont.ca.us; mfujioka@ci.piedmont.ca.us; gkeating@ci.piedmont.ca.us

(cut and paste that block of email addresses into your To: field)

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Garrett, Jeff, and John

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 3, 2010

The election results are in and two incumbents and a former council member appear to have won the three seats on the council. Garrett Keating, Jeff Wieler, and John Chiang are the top vote-getters in yesterday’s election. In a solid showing for a political newcomer, with 16% of the vote, is Julie Watters. Sunny Bostrum with 165 votes is distantly behind. Finally, it would be interesting to know who the 19 write-in candidates were.

Thank you to all candidates for volunteering to serve our city.

JOHN CHIANG – 2,090 (29.62%)
JEFF WIELER – 1,844 (26.13%)
GARRETT KEATING – 1,797 (25.47%)

JULIE A. WATTERS – 1,141 (16.17%)
SUNNY BOSTROM – 165 (2.34%)

Write-In – 19 (0.27% )

Results are from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters and still unofficial, although all 6 precincts are counted.

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Undergrounding Costs Us

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 2, 2010

If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow.

-Émile Zola

What was once underground is now coming to the surface.

-Gavin Bryers


How much will the PHUD cost the taxpayers? The total appears to be growing yet again.


The city council has just announced a special city council meeting for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, February 6 to discuss the financial situation regarding the Piedmont Hills Undergrounding District (PHUD).

City Staff has informed council that additional funds, beyond the $1 million already appropriated in December, may be needed to complete the PHUD.

Please let the city council know your opinion:

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Time to Vote!

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 2, 2010

Don’t forget to vote for city council today.

Vote for Piedmont City CouncilMany people use absentee ballots, but if you forgot to mail it, you can still bring it to a polling place. You can also just stop in on your way to work or before you pick up the kids from school. However you do it, get your “I Voted” sticker.

Still not sure who to vote for? Read more about Garrett Keating, Jeff Wieler, Julie Watters, and John Chiang.

You can also learn more at SmartVoter.org.

Which issues are important to you?

For fun, I’ve created a short poll with some of the major themes of this year’s election. You can vote once, for the issue you think is the most important. If you’d like to leave an longer opinion, please add a comment to this post.

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