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50 years of warbling and bad puns in Piedmont
Piedmont High School celebrates milestone for birdcalling contest.
Residents will see a $49 increase in their tax bill, raising it from $2,454 per parcel to $2,503 per parcel. Voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A on March 5, 2013, for a term of eight years. Each year, the school board may decide to levy or not up to the 2 percent. The tax structure was changed to a flat tax regardless of parcel size to conform to the Borikas vs. Alameda Unified decision.
This award recognizes a Piedmont resident for extraordinary service to the Piedmont community. The award was initially created by Mayor Margaret Fujioka and the City Council in 2014 and will be given to a Piedmonter who has made significant cultural, political, health, safety, environmental, recreational, and/or social contributions that have enriched the community.
Like a tumbleweed rolling through Los Angeles, the thought of Oakland as wine country seems out of place. Yet there they were -- a room full of local winemakers at the 10th anniversary of the East Bay Vintners Alliance.
All are welcome to enjoy the "show and tell" and to learn about disaster preparedness and awareness, fire safety and prevention. There will be a PG&E demonstration, an appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog and a fire engine jump house for the kids, plus hot dogs.
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Brooks on Beer: Smoked beer
Ever heard of rauchbier? It's a smoky beer that goes well with barbecue and smoked meats.
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'The Avengers: Age of Ultron" already cleaning up overseas
New Disney/Marvel blockbuster doing well in South Korea, Britain and Russia, among others.