Affordable Housing Comes to Oakley – Part 2

During tomorrow night’s Oakley City Council meeting, I will ask the housing element to be changed. I think the council should designate the Southwest corner of Laurel Rd and O’Hara Avenue for affordable housing, in place of 901 East Cypress Road. I understand the owner of the vacant lot on the S/W corner is the same owner of Laurel Plaza. The empty lot owner desires to build affordable housing on the location, and I cannot see any reason to deny him the opportunity to do so.

The area East of Main St and South of East Cypress Rd has a disproportionate number of affordable housing locations. I oppose the concentration of affordable housing in one area of the city. Doing so segregates the population by income level rather than creating an inclusive community throughout the city neighborhoods. Now would be a good time to let all council members know of your thoughts regarding the affordable housing issue.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Affordable Housing is Coming to Oakley

The City of Oakley’s City Council meeting has an interesting item to be reviewed. It is the housing report regarding affordable. As you are aware, the state is demanding that cities ensure the construction of affordable housing within their boundaries. The housing element plan provides a blueprint for the future construction of affordable housing.

            I am concerned. A disproportionate number of locations to build affordable housing are in what is now District 5 of the new city council districts. The essential boundaries of District 5 are everything East of Main Street and South of East Cypress Road.

Below is the URL to the draft proposal. A review of the locations will show many more affordable homes built in District 5. The situation is in addition to many new homes under construction in District 5. An example is the 57 new homes designated for the area around Creekside Park.

Also, I am concerned about the presentation of the draft proposal. The housing element draft states clearly that the draft would be considered in July by the Planning Commission and again by the City Council. City staff says that was an administrative mistake. I brought it to the attention of City Staff that we should postpone the item, which responded with a convoluted explanation, similar to what the City heard during the “Montgomery regime,” as to why the Council could review the draft in July. I disagreed with their conclusions. I will work to table the draft until August so all people in the City, especially District 5, can respond adequately.

Now would be the time to let the other council members know your opinions on the housing draft.

Oakley 2023-2031 Housing Element Update (legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com)

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA  

Kudos to Oakley Staff

A quick note to publicly commend the Oakley City Staff, especially Oakley’s finance officer Tim Przybyla, for an extraordinarily outstanding budget presentation for Oakley 2022-2023. Mr. Przybyla segmented the budget into three sections so that all could easily understand how the City allocates its money. I cannot say enough good words about my appreciation of the effort.

            A link to a copy is below.

            The Community Improvement Projects (CIPs) were detailed. Among the items slated for completion are shade canopies for the Koda Dog Park, a functional air conditioning unit for the senior center, a widening of Laurel Road at O’Hara Av, and a signal at Main St and Delta Rd. Yes, there were many other projects listed.

            I did balk at the 6.5 million dollars allocated for the parking lot with an adjoining road across the street from City Hall. I moved the 6.5 million dollars move to a library construction account. The motion died for lack of a second from my colleagues, including two who have publicly supported a tax increase to build a new Oakley Library (Williams and Higgins).

            Also, I explained my distaste that Oakley had allocated $50,000.00 for ADA improvements when the City is 100 million dollars in arrears for ADA compliance.

            I did suggest that Oakley have an annual Juneteenth celebration, which Mayor Randy Pope supported. I do anticipate the event will begin next year. Below is a link to a San Francisco Chronicle article by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, vice-president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, at the University of the Pacific, sharing her perceptions of Juneteenth.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

A Quick Reminder – Oakley can Finance a Library

A quick reminder – Oakley can finance a library. The forthcoming budget will be discussed on Tuesday night, June 14, during the Oakley City Council meeting. I will be advocating moving 6.5 million dollars for the construction of a parking lot and road downtown to a library construction fund. The plan is for the parking lot to be directly across Main Street from City Hall, an ideal place, in my mind, to construct a new library.

            Now would be the time to contact Oakley council members to inform them of your views concerning the reallocation of the money. The most effective manner to present your case in this matter is to be at the Council Meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., to speak to your concerns.

Below is a link to the budget document:

George Fuller, MPA, MA
      City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Oakley Has a Way to Finance a Library

Oakley does have a way to finance a library. The City is reviewing its annual budget. The review of the budget involves Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs). One proposed project is 6.5 million dollars for a downtown parking lot and a road along the railroad tracks. The project intends to provide parking for those who might use the train for transportation. I am opposed to the project.

            My thoughts are to move the 6.5 million dollars from the parking lot and adjoining road to a fund dedicated to building an Oakley library. The location devoted to the parking lot downtown would be an ideal location for an Oakley Library in my mind.

            The Planning Commission is considering the matter this coming Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 P.M. The commission welcomes your input. Either attend the commission meeting or contact the commission by emailing them at info@ci.oakley.ca.us.

            The council will review the matter on June 14 at their meeting at 6:30 P.M. Now is the time to voice your opinion on spending the 6.5 million dollars to your council members. The best way to bring the matter to the council’s attention is to attend the meeting at City Hall.

Below is a URL to the proposed CIPs.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley

One More Reason Why Mary Knox Needs to Become DA

            One more reason Mary Knox must become District Attorney.

            On October 12, 2022, District Attorney Diana Becton gave a presentation regarding her office. The item was 1.3 on the City Council agenda. I asked hard questions involving her propensity to speak of social justice with her lips but act with privilege in her heart. The questions involved her home wedding reception during the height of the pandemic when such gatherings were prohibited. Also, I mentioned Joe Canciamilla’s serving a year jail sentence on home confinement at his luxury condominium of Kauai, Hawaii.

            Becton stated the wedding reception was for her family. She further said she had no part of Canciamilla’s sentence. As usual, Becton refused to take responsibility for her actions.

            Today, May 22, 2022, I created a copy of the portion of my questioning during the October 12, 2022 meeting. One has to proceed to the end of item 1.2 on the index of the video to see the entire presentation by Becton. Unfortunately, 1.3 did not appear in the indexing of the video; and I have asked City Manager Joshua McMurray to correct the discrepancy.

            The minutes of October 12, 2022, meeting contained Becton’s remarks. A copy of the minutes is below. The area highlighted in blue pertains to Becton’s comments. The section ends with then Vic-Mayor Pope thanking Becton for attending the meeting.

            Contra Costa County needs solid leadership in the District Attorney’s Office, which has been lacking for decades. Mary Knox must become Contra Costa County District Attorney. Diana Becton is not an honest person and should not continue in her position.

A URL to Becton’s presentation on October 12, 2022, is below.

The URL to the video is now on file with the City of Oakley website below.

A URL to the City Council minutes is below. The section involving Becton is highlighted in blue and ends when Vice-Mayor Randy Pope thanked Becton for attending the meeting.

A URL to the City of Oakley City Council meeting agenda for October 12, 2021, is below.

A URL to Becton’s PowerPoint presentation is below.

A URL to a news report regarding Becton’s wedding reception is below.

A URL to a news report regarding Canciamillia’s house arrest sentence is below.

A URL to a news report regarding Becton plagiarizing her DA application is below.

            One more reason Mary Knox must become District Attorney.

            On October 12, 2022, District Attorney Diana Becton gave a presentation regarding her office. The item was 1.3 on the City Council agenda. I asked hard questions involving her propensity to speak of social justice with her lips but act with privilege in her heart. The questions involved her home wedding reception during the height of the pandemic when such gatherings were prohibited. Also, I mentioned Joe Canciamilla’s serving a year jail sentence on home confinement at his luxury condominium of Kauai, Hawaii.

            Becton stated the wedding reception was for her family. She further said she had no part of Canciamilla’s sentence. As usual, Becton refused to take responsibility for her actions.

            Today, May 22, 2022, I created a copy of the portion of my questioning during the October 12, 2022 meeting. One has to proceed to the end of item 1.2 on the index of the video to see the entire presentation by Becton. Unfortunately, 1.3 did not appear in the indexing of the video; and I have asked City Manager Joshua McMurray to correct the discrepancy.

            The minutes of October 12, 2022, meeting contained Becton’s remarks. A copy of the minutes is below. The area highlighted in blue pertains to Becton’s comments. The section ends with then Vic-Mayor Pope thanking Becton for attending the meeting.

            Contra Costa County needs solid leadership in the District Attorney’s Office, which has been lacking for decades. Mary Knox must become Contra Costa County District Attorney. Diana Becton is not an honest person and should not continue in her position.

A URL to Becton’s presentation on October 12, 2022, is below.

The URL to the video is now on file with the City of Oakley website below.

A URL to the City Council minutes is below. The section involving Becton is highlighted in blue and ends when Vice-Mayor Randy Pope thanked Becton for attending the meeting.

A URL to the City of Oakley City Council meeting agenda for October 12, 2021, is below.

A URL to Becton’s PowerPoint presentation is below.

A URL to a news report regarding Becton’s wedding reception is below.

A URL to a news report regarding Canciamillia’s house arrest sentence is below.

A URL to a news report regarding Becton plagiarizing her DA application is below.

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Becton-altered-tape.pdf

George Fuller
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Kudos to the Members of the Oakley (CA) Police Department

There needs to be a special acknowledgment of the Oakley Police Department’s commitment to social justice and social equity. Last Tuesday night, May 27, 2022, the Oakley City Council (CA) approved the MOU between the City of Oakley and the Oakley Police Department officers. The Oakley officers asked for and received a holiday for June 19. It is known as Emancipation Day. The day commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation arriving in Texas on June 19, 1865.

We remember the Emancipation Declaration was the document that President Abraham Lincoln signed, freeing all enslaved people in the Southern United States. The declaration’s signature date was April 16, 1862. The paper did not reach Texas until June 19, 1865. Texas was the last state to receive the declaration. The delay was common during those days of horseback riding communication throughout the country.

The day is celebrated extensively in the American Black community and culture. It became the day that slavery ended in the United States. The title of Juneteenth was attached to the date.

Please note that the Oakley Police Department asked for the holiday in the place of a floating holiday awarded to them previously.

I appreciate the men and women of the Oakley Police Department for commemorating Juneteenth as a holiday for the Oakley Police Department.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley (CA) 

Oakley needs Mary Knox as District Attorney

Oakley needs Mary Knox as District Attorney. On May 19, 2022, the Los Angeles Times reported that Anaheim officials were involved in a cabal. A cabal is where some city government officials, developers, and business people meet in secret (as a select group) to divide a city for certain people to profit. Fortunately, the FBI is investigating the fraudulent action.

The scenario reminds me of Bryan Montgomery. I think he operated the City of Oakley in such a fashion. Montgomery brought us Dean Capelletti as chief of police. Capeletti immediately embarked on a course of action that harassed the employees of the City of Oakley. He eventually disgraced himself with his behavior.

Involving people in secret schemes relating to Oakley’s business demands investigation. The city discovered that Montgomery failed to take proper actions with the developers on the Northeast side of Oakley, causing a loss of over 26 million dollars in the process. The majority of residents believe Montgomery had an illicit affair with Nancy Marquez, the assistant to the city manager, which clouded Montgomery’s judgment.

Mary Knox, I believe, will conduct such an investigation if elected Contra Costa County District Attorney. It is evident that Diana Becton perceived Montgomery as a privileged person and failed to carry out her responsibilities to investigate public fraud that may have existed. Below is a URL to the Los Angeles Times article.

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/anaheimcabal.pdf

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

The Rev.

The Rev. Alvin Bernstine, pastor of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, CA, and husband of Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton, hired convicted pedophile and registered sex offender Jesse Armstrong to be choir director of the church. No surprise that Armstrong was arrested for sexual misconduct with a fourteen-year-old member of the church’s choir. Armstrong is now serving a two-and-one-half-year jail sentence in the California state prison system for the offense.

Contra Costa County residents now have a DA who is supposed to protect children from sexual predators. Instead, she maintains a dangerous conflict of interest with a man who has demonstrated a lack of responsibility for the sexual safety of children. Do we know how many other children have been molested at the church with DA Becton sweeping the incidents “under the rug?”

We must elect Mary Knox Contra Costa County District Attorney on June 7th if we want to protect our children!! A URL to a copy of the situation from the East Bay Times is below.

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bectonhusbandunderagesexthing.pdf

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley 

Say No to Public Secrecy!!

The Oakley City Council, for tomorrow night (May 10, 2022), agenda contains an item (5.2) that would egregiously alter City Council minutes. The minutes would consist of a brief statement of how the vote went for an item. The minutes would replace the highly professional detailed notes that the City Clerk, Libby Vreonis, publishes.

The City Staff report indicates that there are videos of the meetings to which people can refer to ascertain the discourse the council pursued regarding a specific council action. Unfortunately, prior meeting videos have been removed and destroyed. The action occurred because the City is only required to retain videos for eighteen months. The new policy would allow for the loss of any formal record of meetings after eighteen months.

The approval of the item would negate the transparency the City has attempted to develop over the last two years. Recent events have established that during past years, the lack of transparency of the City Council and City Staff had an enormous negative impact on the City and City Hall staff. The City needs those detailed minutes.

A vote of no is required to ensure the ongoing development of transparency of the Oakley City government. Below is an article from the East Bay Times detailing one of the past events to which I refer.

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/capallettistory.pdf

George Fuller, MPA, MA
       City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA