'Complete streets' plan meeting set for Monday

There will be a public meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss programs, policies and projects for the "complete streets" plan to make walking and bicycling throughout Piedmont more pleasant and convenient.

The plan includes a "Safe Routes to School" component, with also designated bike routes, intersection and street improvements.

Meet at City Council chambers, 120 Vista Ave. Comments may be submitted to City Planner Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us. The Planning Commission will review and discuss the draft outline at the meeting, and invite public comment.

For more information, visit www.ci.piedmont.ca.us.

-- Linda Davis

Applicants sought for city boards, panels

Piedmont is seeking applicants for several vacancies on city boards and commissions.

Applications must be submitted by March 1. They are available on the city's website at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us, at City Hall, 120 Vista Ave., or by calling 510-420-3040.

All applicants must be available for an interview with the City Council on March 7, at which time appointments will be made.


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The CIP Review Committee has one vacancy; the Civil Service Commission has two vacancies. The Park Commission has two vacancies, and the Planning Commission has three vacancies. The Public Safety Committee has one vacancy; the Recreation Commission has three vacancies. Most committees meet monthly or when required. CIP review makes recommendations regarding the capital budget. Civil service deals with personnel issues. Park Commission makes recommendations about public parks and street trees.

Planning Commission makes decisions regarding modifications or construction of homes. Public Safety investigates way to increase public participation in crime prevention. Recreation Commission advices the city on recreation programs.

-- Linda Davis

Kehilla on Saturday hosts Jewish film series

Kehilla Synagogue is hosting a Jewish film series open to all beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.

The first film is "The Jew in the Lotus," the story of one man's spiritual awakening in India. Rabbi Diane Elliot will be the special guest. "Lotus" is a chronicle of author Rodger Kamenetz's journey to India with a group of rabbis to meet the Dalai Lama. Elliot will speak about her experiences with Judaism after the film.

Volunteers are needed to provide baked goods. Contact beth@kehillasynagogue.org. The cost is $18 for the film or $48 for a pass to all three films in the series.

-- Linda Davis

Casting call Thursday for two Wilder plays

There is a casting call for two Thornton Wilder one-act plays produced by Piedmont Repertory Company and directed by Michael French.

It is from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by auditions the same day from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for "Christmas Dinner" and "Queens of France." To book an audition slot, get more details and receive an audition scene, contact French at french4beginners@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis