Most of us don't expect public offices to be open on Christmas Eve—and most of them aren't. But if you have business to transact with your Bay Area city sometime next week, you might be disappointed. Because of furlough programs and budget considerations, many cities in the region are shutting all but essential services until after New Year's Day. Here's a select list with details on the closure where we've been able to track them down, with a link to city Web pages for more information.
Antioch: Most city offices closed through December 31. Information.
Campbell: "City Offices Will Close at noon on Thursday, December 23, 2010 and will remain closed until Monday, January 3, 2011. Although the Police department business office will be closed for routine business matters, police officers and dispatchers will be available to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service." Information.
Concord: "City of Concord offices will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 23 until Monday, Jan. 3 for unpaid furlough days and the Christmas and New Year's holidays." Information.
Daly City: "City Offices will be closed from December 24 through Friday, December 31, in response to the continued financial challenges facing the City of Daly City. All non-public safety employees will be furloughed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Police, fire, garbage collection, water, and sewer services are not affected by the holiday closure. Garbage and recycling will be collected on the regularly scheduled days. City Hall, libraries and recreation facilities will re-open Monday, January 3, 2011." Information.
Dublin: Closed through Jan. 3. Information.
El Cerrito: "City Hall, Fire Administration, Recreation Department Office and the Open House Senior Center will be closed the week between Christmas & New Year Holidays, December 24-31, 2010. These offices will re-open on Monday, January 3, 2011." Information.
Fremont: "As a result of on-going budget reductions, the majority of City of Fremont offices will be closed for a 2-week furlough beginning Monday, December 20, 2010. City offices will re-open for business on Monday, January 3, 2011. Police and fire services will not be affected during the furlough." Information.
Hayward: "As part of the City of Hayward’s efforts to balance its operating budget, most non‐public safety operations will observe an unpaid furlough period in December, during which the majority of City offices will be closed. Holiday/Furlough Period:Thursday, December 23 through Friday, December 31, 2010. City services will return to normal operating hours on Monday, January 3, 2011." Information.
Los Gatos: "All Town administrative offices will be closed during the holiday season effective Thursday, December 23 through Friday, December 31. Town offices will reopen on Monday, January 3." Information.
Martinez: "City offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 23, 2010 and reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011, in Observance of Christmas." Information.
Morgan Hill: "For the 17th year, the City will be suspending certain City operations during the holiday period between Friday, December 24, 2010 and Friday, December 31, 2010. However, emergency and public safety services will be available during the furlough, with select other services available on a limited basis. City offices will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011." Information.
Newark: Closed through Jan. 3. Information.
Oakland. "As previously announced, due to budget cutbacks, the City of Oakland will suspend administrative and other City services between Monday, December 27 and Friday, December 31, as agreed to by all civilian employee unions in order to balance the City’s 2009-2011 budget. Police, fire and emergency services are not affected." Information.
Palo Alto: "In general, offices are closed and services are limited from December 24, 2010, through January 1, 2011. All critical emergency operations will remain open and staffed." Information.
Richmond: "The City of Richmond Administrative Offices will be closed from December 24th until December 31st." Information.
San Jose: "San José City Hall and other City offices will close on Thursday, December 23, 2010 through Friday, December 31, 2010, for the holiday furlough. All City offices will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011. Police and Fire departments, along with other critical City services, will continue unaffected by the closure." Information.
San Leandro City Hall, some other services closed from December 23 through December 31. Information.
San Mateo: "City Facilities will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011 in observance of the holidays and due to cost savings measures, including staff furloughs." Information.
San Rafael: "City administrative offices will be closed on Monday, December 27 for one of the City's mandatory furlough program days. Offices will also be closed on Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31." Information.
Saratoga: "City of Saratoga offices will be closed December 24, 2010 to January 2, 2011 for the holidays and the City's annual furlough. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 3, 2011." Information.
Union City: "City Hall and a majority of city facilities will be closed from Thursday, December 23, 2010 through Friday, December 31, 2010 due to the holidays and unpaid furlough days for city employees. City services will return to normal operating hours on Mon., Jan. 3, 2011."
Walnut Creek: "In light of the current economic challenges, most City employees will be on unpaid furlough Dec. 27-29. In combination with the winter holidays, City Hall and most City facilities will be closed beginning Thursday, Dec. 23 and reopen Monday, Jan. 3. Public safety and certain essential city services will remain available." Information.