Municipal administrator of Piedmont Lillevand retires



Piedmont city administrator Sara Lillevand has informed the city council of her intention to retire next spring.

When she retires, Lillevand will have spent nearly four years as a city administrator following her five years as the city’s director of recreation and her 23 years working in intercollegiate athletics as a basketball coach, kinesiology instructor and sports administrator.

“I deeply appreciate the Piedmont community. It is a special place with engaged residents and a truly engaged, supportive and tireless City Council. The staff is professional, dedicated and caring; they respect each other and work as a team for the good of the community,” Lillevand said. “I am honored to have served as Director of Recreation and City Administrator and will be forever grateful for both of these opportunities.”

“Piedmont has benefited from Sara’s leadership since her appointment,” said Mayor Teddy Gray King. “Throughout her stay in Piedmont, she has put the community first. …Sara’s efforts to maintain high levels of service, excellent public facilities and to make Piedmont a better place for its residents will not soon be forgotten.

Lillevand will remain in his post until his successor takes office or April 5, whichever comes first. The recruitment of a new municipal administrator will begin immediately.

— town in Piedmont

Downtown Coffee, Cars & Cops Car Show scheduled for September 24

The Piedmont Police Department will add a twist to its National Cafe with a Cop Day by combining it with a car show. The Coffee, Cars & Cops auto show will be held downtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 24.

The event is used to build meaningful connections and community relationships while viewing classic and exotic cars. Register online for the event at For more information, contact Coordinating Officer Tyler Petit at [email protected]

Beach Elementary principal quits Aug. 19 for new job

After eight years as principal of Beach Elementary School, Michael Corritone announced he will be leaving the Piedmont Unified School District on August 19 to take over as principal of an elementary school in Walnut Creek, a said PUSD spokesman Brian Killgore.

The school board is in the process of selecting an interim principal until the permanent replacement is appointed. The goal is to present a recommendation for the interim director at the PUSD board meeting on August 24.

“The position is posted and we will begin the interview process soon,” Killgore said.

“I’m extremely proud of what Beach has accomplished over the past eight years,” Corritone said. “The support from our staff, families and students is second to none. I am always in awe of what this community can do when we come together. It was not an easy decision for me to pursue another opportunity, but going to elementary and high school in the Walnut Creek School District was… a draw for me.

—Linda Davis, correspondent


Rockridge Rock-N-Stroll goes to the dogs this Saturday

Monthly Rockridge Rock-N-Stroll events feature live outdoor music along College Avenue, while merchants offer big sales, giveaways, tastings and special menus, vending machines, crafts for children and fun activities for the whole family. The retailers, restaurants and service providers that make up the Rockridge District Association (RDA) invite you to experience their curated produce, artfully crafted menus and professional pampering services. Every second Saturday of each month, attendees are invited to hang out, sip, taste and save.

This Saturday, Rockridge will host more than 16 performers on College Avenue between Broadway and Alcatraz Avenue and celebrate National Dog Month with vendors offering dog menus, treats, watering holes and a fun day out with their families. Humans can enjoy their furry friends with red carpet selfies, free art sketches, free tennis balls, discounts on pet products and more.

For more information and a full list of activities, including the lineup of art exhibitions and live music, visit on line. Rock-N-Stroll is easily accessible by taking the BART to the Rockridge station, which is centrally located for all activity.


The Laurel StreetFair Music Festival takes place on Saturday

The 21st annual Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival, presented by Laurel Ace Hardware, will return to the Laurel neighborhood of Oakland (on MacArthur Boulevard between 35th Avenue and High Street) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The 21st annual event showcases musical traditions from around the world alongside incredible culinary creations, art, clothing and jewelry and a huge children’s carnival. The event is free for all ages and wheelchair accessible.

The Laurel StreetFair is the ultimate summer wellness event – all proceeds raised go directly to the Laurel District neighborhood. So enjoy the Bay Area’s best craft beers, ciders, and kombuchas poured into the beer garden, thoughtful libations at Tequila Blanco Trece Street Bar, and food from Bay Area restaurants and eateries knowing that you are helping to build the Laurel.

All guests registering to attend Laurel StreetFair through EventBrite will be entered to win prizes, including a case of Tequila Blanco Tequila (must be over 21). Visit online for more information.

— Laurier District Association

Greek Ascension Cathedral hosts girls’ basketball academy

Triple Threat Academy (TTA) has announced the formation of TTA Girls Academy on the campus of the Greek Cathedral of the Ascension at 4700 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland.

The academy is a basketball training program for girls with the goal of creating an environment where girls feel at home and excited to learn basketball, build friendships, develop life skills and have fun. The academy will launch in September with group training courses for beginner/intermediate players aged 6-12.

TTA partnered with Nadine Glinski to develop this program from the ground up. Glinski worked 11 years in the National Basketball Association, starting and leading the Junior NBA. Founded in 2003 by Bishop O’Dowd and Cal State Hayward alum Tony Freccero, TTA has been a fixture in the Oakland community for more than 20 years, using basketball as a vehicle to teach the skills of life.

The academy schedules Monday and Wednesday evening sessions for girls ages 6-12. Details and registration information are available at Contact Glinski at 201-563-1351 or [email protected] with any questions or interview requests.

—Nadine Glinsky

Rockridge seventh grader wins bronze at Junior Olympics

At the recently concluded USATF National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, Oakland resident Mia Monroe achieved All-American status by winning the bronze medal in the 100 meters for girls 11-12. Competing for the Oakland Police Activities League, led by retired police officer and longtime coach Margaret Dixon, the young sprinter also qualified for the 200-meter semifinals.

Monroe, a seventh-grader at Claremont Middle School in the city’s Rockridge district, competed for the Oakland PAL for three years. She had previously been accepted into the girls’ division of the Junior Olympics 9-10, but her season was cut short by the pandemic. Earlier, she also competed for St. Leo’s in the Diocese of Oakland, where she set the record for third-grade girls in the 200 meters. Mia also trains under Devon Tracy, a former heptathlete and founder of OnTrac Training.

—Leon Monroe

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