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Archive for May, 2010

Piedmont Budget Blues, er, Reds

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 14, 2010

You get the blues because we are in the red. In case you missed this tidbit from the May 3rd City Council meeting draft minutes. See the section “Proposed FY 10-11 City Budget“.

As required by the City Charter, the City Administrator presented the City’s proposed FY 10-11 operations and capital improvements budget, noting that for the first time in over 20 years, the proposed budget is not balanced. He stated that the $315,000 deficit is caused by two short-term expenses: a 3-year $1.2 Million commitment to the Piedmont Unified School District and a $2.1 Million payment for the Piedmont Hills Utility Underground Project. He briefly highlighted the difficult decisions facing the Council in approving a final budget for FY 10-11. He announced that the Council will consider the proposed budget at a special work session on Saturday, May 22 as well as at two public hearings on June 7 and 21 — the public is invited to attend these meetings. Copies of the proposed budget are available at City Hall and on the City’s website (at http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/finance/budget/10-11/overview.pdf)

More on the budget: http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/?p=579

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Bike to Work Day – Thursday May 13th

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 12, 2010

Bike to Work Day 2010

Are you biking to work on Thursday, May 13th?

You should give it at try. Why?

  • The weather looks great for tomorrow with a high of 73 degrees.
  • There will be lots of other riders out. The more riders, the safer the ride.
  • There are a bunch of “Energizer Stations” along most commute routes with things like coffee, juice, pastries, free stuff, and BTWD canvas bags with more goodies. All free.

For more info, see the Bike to Work Day site at http://www.youcanbikethere.com/

Even if you can’t ride on Thursday, consider riding when it makes sense for you. Every day you ride you help yourself by getting more exercise and reducing stress. Not to mention reducing traffic and pollution. If you can’t ride to work, try it for errands. Both the Grand Lake and Temescal farmers markets, Grand Lake Ace, Mulberrys, Piedmont Grocery, two Peets, and several other cafes and restaurants are an easy bike ride from many parts of town.

If you’re riding to Emeryville, look for me on my green Raleigh One Way single speed.

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Get Educated About Education

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 11, 2010

Due to the enthusiastic response from the community, the event has been moved to Guild Hall at the Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Way, Piedmont, CA

Does the future of California ’s public education concern you? Are you tired of hearing that 49 other states in our Union fund public education at higher levels than California ?  Are you distressed at learning that schools around the State have issued thousands of layoff notices – for the third year in a row?  Where does Piedmont fit into this picture?

NORTON GRUBB, Ph.D., noted University of California at Berkeley Professor of Education, will speak about the state of K-12 public education in California .  Parents and interested community members invite you to hear a discussion about how we got here, what it means for Piedmont and what we can do as a community to plan for the future of our schools and our children.

Norton Grubb is the David Pierpont Gardner Professor in Higher Education and faculty coordinator of the Principal Leadership Institute at Berkeley .  A prolific author and researcher, his work spans many aspects of public education – from the economics of schools, academic and vocational tracking, to social policy for children and youth.  His most recent book is The Money Myth:  School Resources, Outcomes and Equity (2009). He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University .

Guild Hall, Piedmont Community Church

Thursday May 13th 7:00-8:30

RSVP to Mahvash Hassan (mahvash_hassan@yahoo.com)

Admission is free – Donations are welcome

Sponsored by Associated Parents Clubs of Piedmont The Piedmont Educational Foundation

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Piedmont City Meetings – May 2010

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 2, 2010


May 2010

Pursuant to Government Code Sec. 54954.1 this is the official notice of City of Piedmont meetings during the month of May 2010.  All meetings are held at 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, unless otherwise noted.

Agendas for meetings will be posted in City Hall and the Piedmont Police Department at least 72 hours prior to each meeting.  Copies of all agendas may be requested from the office of the City Clerk, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont or by calling 510-420-3040.  Notice and agendas of special meetings will be provided at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting via FAX.

Monday           May 3              City Council                                        7:30 pm           Chambers

Tuesday           May 4              Police and Fire Pension Board             4:00 pm           Chambers

Wednesday      May 5             Park Commission                                 5:30 pm           Chambers

Monday           May 10            Design Award Reception & Ceremony            5:00 pm           City Hall Courtyard

Monday           May 10            Planning Commission                                           6:00 pm           Chambers

Tuesday           May 11           Public Safety Committee                     6:30 pm           Chambers

Thursday         May 13          City Council Audit Subcommittee       7:30 pm           Chambers

Monday           May 17          City Council                                        7:30 pm           Chambers

Wednesday      May 19         Recreation Commission                                   7:30 pm           Chambers

Saturday         May 22      Council Budget Session                      9:00 am           EOC – PD

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