One of the events the Oakley Chamber of Commerce sponsors is a monthly Breakfast with the Mayor. I’ve been to just about all of them and have learned a lot about what’s happening in Oakley. I mentioned in my post on the breakfast that the UPS Store sponsored in March that I didn’t expect to play host at one, but I changed my mind after seeing that the attendance was usually modest enough to fit comfortably in my living room, and we signed up to host the September Mayor Breakfast.
Since it was only two days after the Vintage Parkway painting effort and Kevin Romick and I had both been there, one of the topics was whose responsibility it is to maintain fences in housing developments. I’d heard some of the volunteers commenting that we were doing the city’s job for them. Apparently the residents, through their homeowners association if they have one, are supposed to contribute to the city’s maintenance and landscaping fund, and then the city uses that money to pay for the appropriate upkeep.
The HOA in our particular subdivision is still arguing with the city about that, so we didn’t do any painting on this side, though actually the fences don’t seem as run down. (There’s not as much street-facing fence over here, though, so one can’t really tell.) We do know that the fees our landlord pays are modest compared to what homeowners associations in most condo complexes charge, and probably wouldn’t cover much. (But someone, somewhere, paid for all those extra speed bumps.)
We also talked about the ongoing Carpaccio and Main Street construction. One thing I hadn’t heard was that the owner of Carpaccio ended up declaring bankruptcy to get out of his obligations to the City of Antioch, which had reacted badly to his decision to relocate here. This is not expected to delay the planned opening of the restaurant in November.
Though you can’t tell from the photo, which I took at the beginning of the event, we ultimately had 14 people, which is a good turnout. There were a couple of new chamber members there as well as the regulars. Everyone was very impressed with Stefan’s office, which he showed them while I was out getting the coffee. (Note to anyone thinking of hosting an event such as this: arrive at Caffino with at least 20 minutes in hand so they have time to brew your java box.)
The event was definitely a success and I’m glad I did it.