Oakley’s 20th anniversary gala

Photo by Chris Campos

Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura, left, poses with Pat Anderson, Oakley’s first mayor, during the City of Oakley’s 20th anniversary gala at the Oakley Recreation Center, May 31.

Oakley will soon hit its biggest milestone since its incorporation as a city in July 1999.

On Friday, May 31, the spry, 20-year-old city celebrated its upcoming birthday with a gala attended by scores of residents, city officials and local politicians, all offering a champagne toast to its bright future. Live music was provided by the 925 Band.

The gala also served as the new Oakley Recreation Center’s debut event. Opened to the public in April, the 9,000-square-foot facility features a great room, commercial kitchen platform, lobby and offices. One celebrant at the gala was particularly excited to attend – former mayor, Pat Anderson, who spent many of her 13 years as mayor pushing for the recreation center’s development.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” Anderson said, beaming at the gleaming new facility. “And so many people fought against this. Can you believe it? Just look at it.”

Current Mayor Claire Alaura called on Anderson to join her on stage, wishing to thank her predecessor for all her work at the nascent city’s launch, two decades ago.

“She believed in the future of this community,” Alaura said. “She had a vision, and she never let it go.”

Government officials such as Rep. Jerry McNerney of the 9th Congressional District, County Supervisor Diane Burgis and Councilmember Kevin Romick delivered a variety of proclamations to honor the anniversary. Burgis told the crowd that Oakley is a community the county can be proud of.

Other attendees included Liberty Union School District Board Member Ray Valverde, Brittany Matous of the Friends of the Oakley Library and City Manager Bryan Montgomery.

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