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Piedmont, California
Location in Alameda County and the state of California
Location in Alameda County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°49′19″N 122°13′53″W / 37.82194, -122.23139
Country United States
State California
County Alameda
Area
 - Total 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km²)
 - Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km²)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km²)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,952
 - Density 6,442.4/sq mi (2,489.1/km²)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 510
FIPS code 06-56938
GNIS feature ID 1659383

Piedmont is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is completely surrounded by the city of Oakland. The population was 10,952 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Alameda_County_California_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Piedmont_Highlighted. ... Official website: http://www. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Official website: http://www. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Map of California area codes in blue (and border states) with 510 in red North American area code 510 is a California telephone area code which covers eastern Bay Area cities such as Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, San Pablo, Union City, and... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Official website: http://www. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Oakland redirects here. ...

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Background

El Cerrito Ave., one of Piedmont's tree-lined streets
El Cerrito Ave., one of Piedmont's tree-lined streets

Piedmont is a small, primarily residential community with fine architecture, tree-lined streets, and competitive city schools. Because of its school system, low crime rate, good weather, and high property values, it is regarded as one of the most desirable residential communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Property in Piedmont is markedly more expensive than real estate in neighboring communities.[1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x1536, 1396 KB) Summary El Cerrito Ave in Piedmont, California. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x1536, 1396 KB) Summary El Cerrito Ave in Piedmont, California. ... Bay Area redirects here. ...


Piedmont was named one of the "25 Top-Earning Towns" in CNN Money Magazine's list of 'The Best Places to Live.'[1]


Located in the East Bay hills, Piedmont is completely surrounded by the city of Oakland.


Piedmont is largely zoned for residential use. Piedmont has a minimal amount of commerce compared with its statistically similar counterparts. However, shopping is plentiful in adjacent Oakland neighborhoods such as Piedmont Avenue, Montclair, Grand Lake, and Rockridge. It has a small commercial district in the center of town along Highland Avenue that includes a gas station, three banks (Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America), a realty office, and some professional offices. A small number of commercial enterprises also line Grand Avenue near the southern Oakland border. Piedmont does not have its own public library or federal post office; these services are shared with Oakland. It also just replaced its famous Bonfare with a new Mulberry's Market. A typical zoning map; this one identifies the zones, or development districts, in the city of Ontario, California Zoning is a North American term for a system of land-use regulation. ... Piedmont Avenue is a street in North Oakland, California. ... Montclair is a suburb in Oakland, California. ... Grand Lake, or the Grand Lake District, is a neighborhood of Oakland, California. ... Rockridge is a neighborhood district in Oakland California. ...


The city is served by two local weekly newspapers: the citizen-run Piedmont Post and the Piedmonter, a neighborhood newspaper organized under the Contra Costa Times news organization. The Contra Costa Times is a daily newspaper serving Contra Costa County, California. ...


Piedmont has several parks and a community center. Recent community efforts have raised funds to improve Dracena Park, in which construction for a new play area began in 2005 and was completed in March 2006. In addition to a new play structure and two sets of swings, the new playground includes a climbing wall, a waterfall faucet for the sand area, and a cement slide built into a grassy manmade hill.


History

Residents originally sought incorporation in 1907 to avoid annexation by Oakland. Two elections were held among the citizens of Piedmont in 1907, both of which narrowly upheld the decision for Piedmont to become a city. The Oakland Ave viaduct, looking eastward, was erected by the city of Piedmont in 1910. ... Ceremonies during the annexation of Hawaii. ...


By the Roaring Twenties, Piedmont was known as the "City of Millionaires" because it had the most resident millionaires per square mile of any city in the United States. Many of these millionaires built mansions that still stand, notably on Sea View Avenue and Glen Alpine Road in upper Piedmont. Piedmont became a charter city under the laws of the State of California on December 18, 1922. On February 27, 1923, voters adopted the charter, which can only be changed by another vote of the people. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Piedmont celebrates the year 2007 as its Centennial Anniversary since incorporation. The Centennial Committee plans to host celebratory events along a trail that runs through downtown Piedmont and denoted historical landmarks in the city. The Committee also plans to create a float for the city's Fourth of July parade.[2] These fireworks over the Washington Monument are typical of Fourth of July celebrations In the United States, Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. ...


The historical exhibit "A Deluxe Autonomy: Piedmont’s First 100 Years" is on display in the Oakland Public Library from January 5 to March 31, 2007.[3] Side of the Piedmont Avenue branch library The Oakland Public Library system is the network of libraries in Oakland, California. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 km² (1.7 mi²). There is a small lake with no public access called Tyson Lake, a small pond within the Mountain View Cemetery borders, and a swimming pool in the center of town. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... The Mountain View Cemetery is a large cemetery in Oakland, California. ...


Piedmont's major streets include Oakland Avenue, which runs from Piedmont's small city center down into Oakland; Highland Avenue, which divides Piedmont into upper and lower sections; Moraga Avenue, which runs near the city's northern border; and Grand Avenue, which runs near Piedmont's western border. Lots in upper Piedmont are, on average, larger than lots in lower Piedmont. A nearby shopping center on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland comes within two blocks of Piedmont but never actually enters the city's borders. Piedmont Avenue is a street in North Oakland, California. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 10,952 people, 3,804 households, and 3,104 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,502.1/km² (6,488.7/mi²). There were 3,859 housing units at an average density of 881.6/km² (2,286.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.59 percent white, 1.24 percent African American, 0.11 percent Native American, 16.02 percent Asian, 0.04 percent Pacific Islander, 0.63 percent from other races, and 3.38 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97 percent of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,804 households out of which 47.3 percent included children under the age of 18, 70.9 percent were married couples living together, 8.5 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4 percent were non-families. Of all households, 14.5 percent were made up of individuals and 7.8 percent consisted of a person aged 65 or older living alone. The average household size was 2.88, and the average family size was 3.18. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city, the population was spread out with 30.3 percent under the age of 18, 3.8 percent from 18 to 24, 18.5 percent from 25 to 44, 34.0 percent from 45 to 64, and 13.5 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.


Median income for a household in the city was $134,270, and median income for a family was $149,857. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $58,553 for females. Per capita income was $70,539. About 1.0 percent of families and 2.0 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6 percent of those under age 18 and 1.6 percent of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Politics

In the state legislature Piedmont is located in the 9th Senate District, represented by Democrat Don Perata, and in the 16th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Sandré Swanson. Federally, Piedmont is located in California's 9th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +38[4] and is represented by Democrat Barbara Lee. Lee received a 97% progressive rating from a self-described non-partisan group that provides a "searchable database of Congressional voting records from a Progressive perspective"[5], and a 13% conservative rating from a conservative group.[6] Californias Capitol, where the State Legislature meets California State Assembly chamber California state Senate chamber The California Legislature is the legislative branch of the state government of California. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Don Perata (born April 30, 1945) is a California Democratic politician, who is the current President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Sandré Swanson was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2006. ... The 9th Congressional District of California is a Congressional District that currently covers a significant portion of the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. ... The Cook Partisan Voting Index indicates how much more Democratic or Republican a district performs compared to the nation as a whole. ... Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing Californias 9th congressional district (map) and is the first woman to represent that district. ... For other uses, see Progressivism (disambiguation). ... Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favor tradition and gradual change, where tradition refers to religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs. ...


Education

A view of Piedmont Middle School and Witter Field, taken from Piedmont High School
A view of Piedmont Middle School and Witter Field, taken from Piedmont High School

Piedmont is within the Piedmont Unified School District. Image File history File links Piedmont_Middle_School_PE_hill. ... Image File history File links Piedmont_Middle_School_PE_hill. ... A view of Piedmont Middle School P.E. hill, overlooking Witter Field and the greater Bay Area Piedmont Middle School, part of the Piedmont Unified School District, provides education for students grades six through eight in the city of Piedmont. ... Piedmont High School is a high school located in Piedmont, California, United States. ... The Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) is comprised of the seven schools in the city of Piedmont, California. ...


The district, coinciding with the municipal boundaries, includes three elementary schools (Havens, Beach, and Wildwood), a middle school (Piedmont Middle School), a high school (Piedmont High School), and an alternative high school, Millennium. Piedmont High School matriculates a high percentage of students bound for college. Many graduates continue their education at both public and private colleges and universities. In particular, the University of California, Berkeley is a popular choice for Piedmont High graduates. Other graduates have been known to go on to attend Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, and Princeton University, among others. A view of Piedmont Middle School P.E. hill, overlooking Witter Field and the greater Bay Area Piedmont Middle School, part of the Piedmont Unified School District, provides education for students grades six through eight in the city of Piedmont. ... Piedmont High School should not be confused with Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California. ... Millennium High School in Piedmont, California is the Piedmont Unified School Districts alternative high school. ... Piedmont High School should not be confused with Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... Harvard redirects here. ... Yale redirects here. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Bishop John Carroll founded the school in 1789, though its roots extend back to 1634. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ...


The Piedmont Unified School District is one of a few California public school systems to achieve such success. This can be largely attributed to the dedicated population of parents who choose to pay higher prices for housing so that their children can attend Piedmont schools instead of private schools. In particular, cost-benefit analyses will reveal that, for many households, Piedmont schools make more economic sense than private schooling. Such analyses, for example, may take into consideration real estate prices, mortgage interest rates, projected real estate value appreciation, local taxes, federal tax deductions, quality of schools, private tuition costs per student, and number of children. The Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) is comprised of the seven schools in the city of Piedmont, California. ...


Piedmont voters regularly approve bond measures earmarked for maintaining and/or improving educational facilities. For example, Witter Field, home of the Piedmont Highlanders, was rebuilt over a period of years (1996–1999), transforming it from the older facility to a newer and markedly improved one. Similar improvements have been made to the fields adjacent to the Beach Elementary School.


In 2005, Piedmont citizens voted in favor of Measures B and C with an overwhelming majority. Measure B renews the school district parcel tax, which pays for 21 percent of the district's budget, and Measure C adds an additional amount that compensates for reduced funding from state and federal sources. Had Measures B and C failed, students returning in the 2006–2007 school year would have been met with larger class sizes, far fewer course options, and fewer teachers, aides, custodians, and other staff.


In 2006, voters authorized the Piedmont City Unified School District to issue up to $56 million in bonds to improve Piedmont public school buildings so as to reduce dangers from earthquakes, to meet state and federal seismic safety standards.


The Piedmont Educational Foundation awards a number of grants for academic innovation in Piedmont schools each year, and provides a sustained source of funding for the PUSD through its Endowment Fund.[7]


Notable residents

Further information: Category:People from Piedmont, California

Current

Piedmont is home to ex-Major League Baseball player Dave McCarty,ex-National Football League star Bubba Paris, San Francisco 49ers, ex-National Football League star Bill Romanowski, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, Green Day member Tre Cool, Peter Docter, director of Pixar's Monsters, Inc., and painter Zhaoming Wu. Major Leagues redirects here. ... David Andrew McCarty (born November 23, 1969 in Houston, Texas) is a former first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... NFL redirects here. ... William Bubba Paris (born October 6, 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1983 through 1991. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... NFL redirects here. ... William Thomas Romanowski (born April 2, 1966 in Vernon, Connecticut) is a former American football player. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... For other persons named Al Davis, see Al Davis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... Tré Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) (born December 9, 1972) is the percussionist for the rock group Green Day. ... Peter Docter was born on August 10, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. He is a film director, best known for Monsters, Inc. ... Monsters, Inc. ... Reminiscence is characteristic of Wus work, in both style and subject. ...


Past

Author Jack London lived in Piedmont, and Kennedy's Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara grew up in Piedmont, where his family lived on Ranleigh Way. Clint Eastwood resided in Piedmont and attended Piedmont schools. Country Joe McDonald resided in Piedmont in the 1970s. Actors Dean Butler (Little House on the Prairie) and Austin Tichenor (Reduced Shakespeare Company) also grew up in Piedmont. Further, notable tennis player and coach Brad Gilbert, grew up in Piedmont. Charles R. Schwab, founder of the discount stock brokerage firm bearing his name, and his family also lived in Piedmont in the early 1980s. For other persons named Jack London, see Jack London (disambiguation). ... Robert McNamara in 1964 Robert Strange McNamara (born June 9, 1916), American businessman and politician, was United States Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... Country Joe McDonald Country Joe McDonald (born Joseph McDonald, on January 1, 1942 in El Monte, California) was the leader and lead singer of the 1960s rock & roll group Country Joe and the Fish. ... Little House On The Prairie was an American one-hour dramatic television program that aired on the NBC network from September 11, 1974 to March 21, 1983. ... The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a company of actors that performs unsubtle, fast-paced, seemingly highly-improvisational comedies presenting ludicrously condensed versions of huge topics. ... Brad Gilbert (born August 9, 1961 in Oakland, California) is an American tennis coach, a television tennis commentator, and former professional tennis player. ... Charles R. Schwab (born 1937) is the founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation. ...


Other past notables include Frank C. Havens, for whom Havens Elementary School is named, and James Gamble, president of the Western Union Telegraph Company, who, in 1877, founded the Piedmont Land Company, thus introducing the name later adopted by the city upon its incorporation. Frank Colton Havens was a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area from the late 19th to early 20th centuries who also was a major developer of real estate in the East Bay, particularly in the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont. ... Frank C. Havens Elementary, commonly referred to as Havens, is one the three elementary schools in Piedmont, California. ... Western Union (NYSE: WU) is a financial services and communications company based in the United States. ...


See also

Oakland redirects here. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ Piedmont, Oakland, and Berkeley Real Estate: A Comparison
  2. ^ Allen, Annalee. "Piedmont honors 100 years of history", Oakland Tribune, 7 January, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-25. 
  3. ^ A Deluxe Autonomy: Piedmont's First 100 Years Historic Exhibit Opens January 5. Oakland Public Library (2007). Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  4. ^ Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?. Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved on 2007-10-19.
  5. ^ Leading with the Left. Progressive Punch. Retrieved on 2007-10-19.
  6. ^ ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006. American Conservative Union (2006). Retrieved on 2007-10-19.
  7. ^ Piedmont Educational Foundation

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Piedmont, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1513 words)
Piedmont is situated almost centrally in regards to the Bay Area's fuller shape, putting it nearly directly across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, California, and very close to Berkeley, California.
Piedmont is known for its public school system with three elementary schools (Havens, Beach, and Wildwood), a middle school (Piedmont Middle School), a high school (Piedmont High School), and a continuation high school (Millennium).
In particular, the University of California, Berkeley is popular choice for Piedmont High graduates due to its close proximity and excellent reputation in a broad range of disciplines.
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California is famous for its earthquakes due partly to the presence of the San Andreas Fault.
California's mountain ranges influence the climate as well; moisture-laden air from the west cools as it ascends the mountains, dropping moisture; some of the rainiest parts of the state are west-facing mountain slopes.
California's vast terrain is connected by an extensive system of freeways, expressways, and highways, all maintained by Caltrans and patrolled by the California Highway Patrol.
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