The Weekly Roundup
The Weekly Roundup
April 20, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
PG&E To Present Plan for 100-Day Project, St. Mary’s Road Closure to Councils
PG&E will present its proposal for a 100-day project to replace aging pipelines, including plans for the closure of St. Mary’s Road during periods this summer, at the Lafayette City Council meeting and the Moraga Town Council meeting next week. If you would like to hear PG&E’s project proposal, or provide input, please attend either of the Council meetings. Lafayette’s City Council will hear PG&E’s proposal at its meeting on Monday, April 23, 2018, which begins at 7:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. Moraga’s Town Council will hear PG&E’s proposal at its meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, which begins at 7:00 p.m., at Council Chambers and Community Meeting Room, 335 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga. For more information, contact Jeff Heyman, the City of Lafayette’s Communications Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Tatzin Sends Letter Opposing AB 2923; SB 827 Dies in Committee
At last week’s City Council meeting, the Councilmembers directed Mayor Don Tatzin to draft a letter opposing AB 2923, a proposed bill that could allow the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to undertake development within a half-mile radius of existing and future BART stations. The letter, which was sent to the bill’s authors, Assembly Members Chiu and Grayson and co-author Assembly Member Mullian, makes clear the City’s concerns and questions the bill’s applicability. In his letter, the Mayor noted that the City of Lafayette is committed to working collaboratively to find ways to address current and future housing needs. You can read the Mayor’s full letter here. In addition, another bill, SB 827, which the City of Lafayette opposed, died in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing on Wednesday and it is doubtful it will be brought back. This bill would have allowed for potentially denser development within a specified radius of transit corridors, such as Lafayette’s BART station. You can read the full text of the Mayor’s letter opposing SB 827 here.
City Taps Jeff Heyman as Our First Communications Analyst
The City of Lafayette is pleased to announce that Jeff Heyman, pictured, has joined the City as its first communications professional. City Manager Steven Falk last week introduced Jeff, who has several decades of experience in public sector communications, to Mayor Don Tatzin, City Council Members and the Chamber of Commerce. After more than 18 years heading public information and communications at the Oakland-based Peralta Community College District, Jeff joined the City as its Communications Analyst on April 9. He’s already increased messaging for us on Next Door, Facebook and Twitter and you’ll be hearing a lot more about City events and issues now that Jeff has joined the team. Feel free to email or call him anytime at email@example.com or 510-299-3241. You can read a press release on Jeff’s arrival here.
The Orange Shirt Report: Notes from Public Works and Engineering
Traffic between Moraga and Lafayette was very difficult last week, from Monday evening to Tuesday afternoon, due to a large tree falling onto Moraga Road that also brought down electrical, cable, and phone lines. Utility and public works crews worked to clear the road and restore utilities while police helped enforce the road closure and detours while the work was performed. This impacted many drivers and residents so thank you for your patience. Looking ahead, Public Work crews are starting seasonal weed abatement throughout the City and with the dry weather now in the forecast, we plan to start catching up on some of our outstanding work orders that include hot asphalt paving. Engineering has also had a preconstruction meeting for this year’s road reconstruction project and the contractor plans to start work in early May. We are also wrapping up bid packages for a slurry seal project and a storm drain repair and replacement project that we plan to let out for bid within the next two weeks.
Band Showcase Coming to the Lafayette Community Center
You are not going to want to miss this event on Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Lafayette Community Center. It’s free for high school and middle school students and will not only feature local rock bands, but rap and hip hop too. If you’re a band interesting in joining, you might win one of the prizes. The evening is co-sponsored by the City of Lafayette Parks, Trails & Recreation, the Lafayette Youth Commission, the Orinda Teen Advisory Council and the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee. The Community Center is located at 500 St. Mary’s Road in Lafayette. Find out more about this great event by visiting www.abrighterday.info.
Lafayette’s Annual Creek Day is Coming Up
Celebrate Lafayette's Creeks at the Annual Lafayette Creek Day! Do you want to learn about your local creeks? Or volunteer to help keep them healthy? Come join us for the 6th Annual Lafayette Creek Day. Help care for Las Trampas Creek and learn about the importance of creeks. Bring the entire family and enjoy a day in the park. The Annual Lafayette Creek Day will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 10am - 1pm at Leigh Creekside Park. Learn more here.
Lamorinda CERT Annual Disaster Exercise
The Lamorinda CERT Annual Exercise will occur on Saturday, April 28th from 8A to noon at MOFD Station 41, 1284 Moraga Way, in Moraga. The day will start with check-in and coffee at 8 a.m. We will have stations for Neighborhood Rapid Needs Assessment; Medical Triage, Transport and Treatment; Fire; and Cribbing. You will use radios during the exercise (remember that cell phones didn't work in the Northbay Fires). CERTs should bring their backpack and FRS/GMRS radios. If you don't have a radio, we have some available for use. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking around a neighborhood, assessing damage. The scenario will be a large earthquake, the same as this year's Great Shakeout. In the HayWired Scenario earthquake, the rupture of the Hayward Fault starts beneath southeast Oakland and, in less than a minute, travels along more than 52 miles of its length, both northward toward Richmond and San Pablo Bay and southward toward Fremont, at speeds as great as 7,000 miles per hour. As the fault break reaches the Earth’s surface, it damages roads and buried pipelines and electrical conduits that cross the fault north of Hayward. In Berkeley, for example, the ground shifts by as much as 3 to 5 feet in a matter of seconds. If you are interested in reading more about this scenario, go to this link. CLICK HERE
Mother’s Day Weekend “Artful Gardens Tour”
The Lafayette Garden Club will host its ‘Artful Gardens Tour” on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 3 pm. The tour will feature five unique, private Lamorinda gardens selected for their variety of design, plant material and garden features. The tour also will include a pop-up market and plant sale. The pop-up market, located at one of the gardens, will offer a wide selection from local artisans including jewelry, ceramics, botanical art and food items. The plant sale will include specimens propagated by club members. The tour of four Lafayette gardens and one in Orinda is self-directed with the starting point designated on the tickets. Tax-deductible tickets may be purchased online at the club’s website lafayettegardenclub.com or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope and check to the Lafayette Garden Club, P.O. Box 294, Lafayette, CA 94549. They also may be purchased at The Lazy K at Orchard Nursery in Lafayette. Tickets cost $40 each or $35 each when four or more are purchased. Tour proceeds will benefit local schools and Lafayette beautification projects.
Donate Your Books Here
The Friends Corner Book Shop is once again accepting donations -- but they must be placed inside grey cabinets in garage. Look for them, please! The stacks and stacks of books left out in the garage were deemed to be a fire hazard.
This Week at the Library
To see what’s happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center this week, click http://www.lllcf.org/program-calendar/. Support your Library - Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop, corner of 1st St. & Golden Gate Way!
Poetry for the Week
By Lia Purpura
That crag, in its hunching,
suggests a shawl
under which we can slip
our burdens, since
we alone among creatures
we really exist,
and name boulders and peaks
Widow’s this, Widow’s that,
so others might navigate
by the forms
of our grief.
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