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Tonight: FOMCW to Host Meeting on "What We Are Putting In Our Water"

Join the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed tonight from 6:30-8:30pm where they will discuss “What Are We Putting In Our Water and May Not Know We Are Doing So”.

The Friends of Marsh Creek are encouraging people as spring begins to start to think about battling the bugs and helping making our plants more productive and protected.  The fertilizers and pesticides we use can (and do) get washed in to…

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Feb 18: Freedom High School to Host Career Night

On February 18, Freedom High School in Oakley will be hosting a career night for the entire community.

The event will feature guests in design, medicine, broadcasting and much more. The event will begin at 5:30 pm in the multipurpose room. The cost is $5.00 for both parents and students.

The following message was sent out by Freedom High School

Freedom High School Academies will be hosting their…

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Feb 18: Freedom High School to Host Career Night

On February 18, Freedom High School in Oakley will be hosting a career night for the entire community.

The event will feature guests in design, medicine, broadcasting and much more. The event will begin at 5:30 pm in the multipurpose room. The cost is $5.00 for both parents and students.

Hosted by the Communications, PhD, and STEM Academies at Freedom High School

Date: Wednesday, February 18th

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FOMCW to Host MLK Day of Service at Upper Sand Creek Basin Project

The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed are hosting a Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Upper Sand Creek Basin Project, Giving the Natives a Chance Upper Sand Creek Basin  Wetland Restoration Project Work Day

  • When: January 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Location 6600 Deer Valley Road, Antioch, CA Map Link

Join FOMCW for a community service day at the Upper Sand Creek Basin, $10 million…

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Today: Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed to Host Fish Ladder Walk

The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) will be hosting a Fish Ladder Walk Sunday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm to look for salmon and to learn about their efforts to bring back the salmon population to Marsh Creek.

At 12:30  PM FOMCW Intern Mary Helen Nicolini will highlight what FOMCW is doing for water quality monitoring and how it impacts the groups efforts to bring back the salmon. At…

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After years of fundraising for the creation of their own Veterans Memorial to honor veterans, the City of Oakley unveiled its memorial on Tuesday.

The memorial is placed at City Park at the corner of Main Street and Norcross honoring all branches of the military.

More than 600 people attended the celebration including Congressman Jerry McNerney,

“I just get so inspired looking out and seeing how many people come out and show their support and appreciation for our veterans. We love our veterans, it’s as simple as that, what a change from 30-years ago,” said McNerney. “I bet everyone here is a veteran or has a family member that is a veteran. It’s incumbent on us to make sure the veterans have the care they need.”

Kevin Romick spoke Tuesday about the memorial and how it came about.

Shortly after World War 1 there was movement to create a victory highway filled with a memorial and a plaque. He explained that for whatever reason, just 6 were created and for Oakley one of those monuments were dedicated in 1926 at the corner of Main Street and Bridgehead.

He explained how the monument sat there for 50-years until CALTRANS came along and said a new bridge had to be built and during the construction process the eagle was moved—no one brought it back.

Summary of how the Memorial came about according to Kevin Romick:

  • In 1999, the City of Oakley incorporates and looking for tradition.
  • In 2007, City Hall is completed with the corner left empty for future monument. It was later told that Oakley had a missing monument. After a brief search, it was located at the Antioch fairgrounds. Councilmembers Anderson and Romick appealed to the fairgrounds directors and stated that monument belongs to Oakley. Their response was thank you very much, possession is 9/10th of the law and we will leave it here.
  • The pursuit of a new memorial began with Nicholas Weizenbach, managing partner at the Oak View Memorial Cemetery. After discussion and input, the City Council approved it.
  • The cost of the memorial was $70,000, Wings To Fly was the financial sponsor.
  • Stonecrest Lending helped with fundraising efforts and raised $6,500
  • It came time to build the memorial and the pillars weighed 3,000 lbs apiece and the foundation could not held them without cracking. With the help of Swisher Concrete Brothers, they Enthusiastically responded to our cries for help. That “yes” turned out to be a lot more expensive than they could have imaged. Romick stated that to show gratitude they added the “Platinum Level Sponsorship” to recognize the amount donated which was far in excess of $5,000.
  • Romick also thanked Nancy Marquez for coordination and ensuring names were correct on all bricks.
  • Bricks will soon be on sale again (estimated in a few weeks).
Oakley Unveils Veterans Memorial After years of fundraising for the creation of their own Veterans Memorial to honor veterans, the City of Oakley unveiled its memorial on Tuesday.
Oakley Seeks Applicants to Fill One Vacancy Seat on the Oakley City Council

With Oakley City Councilwoman Diane Burgis winning a seat to serve on the East Bay Regional Park District, the City of Oakley is seeking applications to fill the remaining two-years of her term.

The Oakley City Council will appoint one member to fill a vacancy on the Oakley City Council during its regularly scheduled meeting to be held December 9, 2014 at 3231 Main Street in Oakley beginning at…

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Letter to Editor: Radke Announces Retirement From Park District Board, Endorses Burgis

The following is a Letter to the Editor by long-time East Bay Regional Park’s District Board Member Ted Radke who announced his retirement and endorsement of Oakley City Councilwoman Diane Burgis to fill his seat.

Dear Editor,

I have decided not to run for reelection on the East Bay Regional Park’s District Board in 2014. I would like to thank you for your years of support and I have been honored…

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City of Oakley Looks at Spending $455k on Staffing, Bonuses, One-Time Projects

The City of Oakley was informed that they will receive an additional $445,000 in added property tax revenue which will allow them to do a variety of things. The City Staff will propose the following suggestions during tonight’s Oakley City Council meeting.

  • Replace staff and positions that were lost in the economic downturn—9 positions being proposed
  • Increase one-time merit bonus that Staff…

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Q&A: Burgis, Foley Answer Questions About East Bay Regional Park District

Last week, Diane Burgis (Oakley) and Mark Foley (Antioch), both candidates running for East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 7,  were sent out questions about the the park district and why they were running for office.

We sent 7 questions on Tuesday September 23 to both Burgis and Foley, unfortunately, Mr. Foley failed to answer half the questions (he answered just 3). Meanwhile, Burgis…

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A group dedicated towards making a community garden available to Oakley is a step closure to their first harvest after a groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday to officially kick off the project.

The group has been working tirelessly since January to take an idea and turn it into reality as the City Council back in May granted permission to use an acre of land at the Moura Property off O’Hara Avenue.

They have recently been working to clear the land which is full of weeds and debris. They are also working to set up irrigation piping so they garden can attain water and be put on a drip system. The water will come from the Oakley Union Elementary School District at a rate of $50 per month which was approved in July.

Oakley resident Paul Seger had a vision and worked with the city staff to overcome a series of obstacles from legal and liability issues to make the dream a reality. A series of task force meeting occurred to attain community involvement, a non-profit signed on as a sponsor, donations and fundraisers were held and land had to be attained.

“I feel like this project would never have happened without the guidance and determined effort from Councilwoman Diane Burgis,” said Seger. “She has really been a sage help in moving it forward, allowing us to have a task force and talk about the types of things we want to do out here.”

Seger thanked the Oakley City Council for allowing them the opportunity to use the property and do something on it because it sat fallow for many years. Seger called the process “fun but trying at times,” but was happy to see the participation and looks forward to seeing the project grow.

Julie Bisch-Pollock says this is an opportunity bring the community together while going back to its history of being an agriculture and

“This is not really a ground breaking per say, but a ground becoming. It’s not just a metamorphosis from the ancient sand dunes into rich farm-able soil, it’s an acknowledgement and return to Oakley’s past of a horticultural oasis in an increasingly urban environment,” said Bisch-Pollock. “This team is not just envisioning green space, but a place to grow, learn, and connect with the community by coming together to share seeds and build camaraderie and build knowledge.”

Oakley Councilwoman Diane Burgis saw the project grow from a group with single vision to a reality.

“A really cool thing along the way is these are people learning about the processes of how to make things happen. A lot of times someone will come up to me and say hey I want to do this, but they do not understand all the steps it takes to get to that place,” said Burgis. “This process has given people a chance to observe and participate in those processes. It’s not fun; it’s not easy and sometimes really frustrating because it takes a heck of a lot of time. But that is the process.”

She says she saw this as a leadership development process to be involved in these types of community projects because you can take what is learned here and share it with the community.

“As someone who works on environmental issues, I find it very exciting that people will come out here and learn about the ways to garden in a bay friendly way. Where they are not having to use pesticides, and fertilizers, they will learn how to water in a more environmentally friendly way with drips systems,” said Burgis. “Those things they learn here they can take to their house and share.”

She also shared her excitement of the garden because they do not yet know what type of impact this will have on the community from getting kids involved, feeding seniors or working with veterans.

“This is a project that has lays and layers of benefits to our community and to those who participate,” said Burgis. “I thank you for sticking with it and look forward to watching you expand your reach.”

For more information on this project, visit their website or like them on Facebook

Oakley Community Garden Breaks Ground A group dedicated towards making a community garden available to Oakley is a step closure to their first harvest after a groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday to officially kick off the project.
Sept. 20: FOMCW Announces Marsh Creek and Delta Cleanup Event

The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) are proud to announce that Marsh Creek & Delta Cleanup Day which will take place on Saturday, September 20. The event will be held between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Participants may choose from locations in Brentwood, Discovery Bay or Oakley.

Last year’s event had 400 volunteers during Coast Cleanup Day where they picked up 6.75 tons of trash and cleaned…

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Oakley City Council Takes First Step Towards Council Pay Increase

After a short discussion Tuesday night, the Oakley City Council agreed that the position deserves a pay raise.

Per State law, the Council agreed to move forward with the idea of a 5 percent pay raise which equates to a $21.75 per month hike. The council is allowed to discuss a raise every two years prior to general municipal elections.

The Oakley City Council is making $435 per month and…

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Oakley Mayor to Serve on Fire Board, Citizen Re-Appointed

The Oakley City Council unanimously appointed Mayor Randy Pope and re-appointed Ron Johansen to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board Tuesday night.

The Council received four applications for folks interested in serving on the fire board and after interviewing three candidates, Ron Johansen was deemed the most qualified candidate.

Johansen, a career firefighter and professor at Las…

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City of Oakley to Discuss Pay Increase for City Council

On Tuesday July 12, the Oakley City Council will discuss the idea of a modest increase to its $435 monthly city council pay.

The last increase in pay by the City Council was set in 2010 to $435 per month. The City is looking at an increase of just $21.75 for a total of $456.75. Per state law, they are only allowed a 5% increase per adjustment. If the increase is approved, there would be a…

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Oakley Councilwoman Announces Candidacy for East Bay Regional Parks District Board

OAKLEY — Today, Oakley City Council Member and Executive Director for the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, Diane Burgis, announced her candidacy for East Bay Regional Parks District Board, Ward 7.  Incumbent, Ted Radke, is retiring and not seeking re-election.

“Ted Radke has served our community with distinction on the East Bay Regional Parks District Board and I am honored to have earned his…

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The City of Oakley welcomed two new parks to the City on Monday by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for Lakeside Park and Leeward Park.

The parks are located off E. Cypress Road on E. Summer Lake and Sonnett Ct with a backdrop of a lake and Mt. Diablo. Mayor Randy Pope provided a few welcoming words to guests before the ribbon cutting occurred while representatives from Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office and Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office were on hand to provide certificates.

Outreach of the ribbon cutting was done through Oakley Outreach, Nextdoor, and distributing flyers to 200 homes within the subdivision.

Ribbon Cuttings: Oakley Shows Off Two New Parks The City of Oakley welcomed two new parks to the City on Monday by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for Lakeside Park and Leeward Park.
Tonight: City of Oakley Set to Approve 2014-15 Budget

The City of Oakley will be hosting a Special Meeting of the Oakley City Council which will seek to approve its 2014-15 Annual Operating and Capital Budget.

The Total Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommend Appropriations include:

  • General Fund – $15,854,959
  • Special Revenue Funds – $13,220,418
  • Debt Service Funds – $2,491,546
  • Capital Projects Funds – $6,155,864
  • Internal Service Funds – $1,554,950

According to…

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Oakley: Construction on $405k Civic Center Park Upgrade Set to Begin Next Week

Oakley: $405k Civic Center Park Amphitheater Project Construction to Start Next Week

Construction will begin next week in downtown Oakley on a $405,000 Civic Center Amphitheater Project upgrade which will include many upgrades aimed at enhancing ones experience at the park and bring more people to the downtown area.

The construction includes:

  • Amphitheater style seating
  • Stage & stage cover
  • Restroom/snack shack building
  • Landscaping
  • Irrigation
  • Lighting

The project is estimated to…

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Oakley City Council Agrees to Ban Use of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

In a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the Oakley City Council agreed to include the use of e-cigarettes in a ban on public smoking on city-owned properties, restaurants, and public outdoor areas. The Ordinance also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes by minors.

The Ordinance is set to take effect in July and Oakley will be the fourth city in Contra Costa County to regulate the use of e-cigarettes following…

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