Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ovick attended this week’s meeting to urge the council to support his countywide initiative Choosing Civility, which is based on the works of Dr. P.M. Forni of Johns Hopkins University. Of Forni’s 25 rules of considerate conduct, Ovick plans to narrow the list to 10 and direct schools to emphasize one rule each month of the school year.
“Our community in the state of California needs to really focus on being kind to one another, and we might as well begin with our children,” Ovick said. “It doesn’t cost a penny to be kind to one another.”
Councilmember Carol Rios appreciated the plan and suggested that the city could endorse the program by printing the selected 10 rules of conduct on the back of the blue speaker cards that residents fill out to take part in public comment periods.
The rules of considerate conduct include listening, speaking kindly, respecting others’ time and space, caring for guests and refraining from idle complaints. Ovick asked the city to help support the initiative by recognizing students who display exemplary acts of kindness.
The council adopted the resolution to support Ovick’s program by a vote of 5-0. Supporting the Choosing Civility program coincides with Oakley’s You, Me, We = Oakley, a new city program that promotes welcoming all new residents to Oakley.
In other council business, the council also unanimously approved to award a construction contract to Chrisp Company, Inc. for the citywide street name sign-replacement project. According to the staff report, the project includes upgrading all regulatory signs such as stop signs to meet a minimum level of reflectivity. Updating the regulatory signs as part of the street name sign-replacement is seen as an efficient way to meet the requirements and enhance safety and visibility for motorists. Areas to receive new signage include Vintage Parkway to Fetzer Lane, and Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads to Marsh Creek.
The council approved the contract for $29,218.