The Weekly Roundup
The Weekly Roundup
May 11, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Ballot Drop-off Box Arrives at Lafayette City Offices: Save Time and Postage
Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming June 5th Primary Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide are providing convenient ballot drop-off locations prior to and on Election Day. The secure drop-off boxes are located at Contra Costa city halls, including at the offices of the City of Lafayette, the County Administration Building in Martinez and some select community centers and libraries, starting now – just days after voters receive their permanent vote-by-mail ballots.
The City of Lafayette’s drop-off box has arrived and is located in the City’s offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #210. Our offices are open 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. The bright red box will be available during normal business hours. Postage is not required with the drop-off box service. Contra Costa voters can drop their ballot at any location, regardless of where they live. Staff members will have the popular “I Voted” stickers available for those who drop off their ballots.
Julia Burke Flute Choir Performance
You will not want to miss the Julia Burke Memorial Flute Choir of Stanley Middle School’s special performance before the Lafayette City Council meeting at 6:30pm, on Monday, May 14, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Everyone is welcome to attend this free performance. See more event information here. You can read about Monday's program here.
BART Partners with Scoop to Provide Guaranteed Parking at Lafayette Station
BART has partnered with carpooling app, Scoop, to guarantee parking spaces at the Lafayette station. In place since May 7, BART has posted information about this new program at its website. You may click HERE to read how the program works.
In summary, all one has to do is download the free Scoop app for iOS or Android at takescoop.com. Type in the BART station name, and schedule a ride either before 9pm the night before the morning commute or by 3:30pm for that evening’s commute. Shortly after the deadline, Scoop notifies commuters who have matched with one of their 100,000+ users and provides a guaranteed ride home for passengers unable to be matched into a carpool for their return trip. Scoop coordinates with BART to help verify carpoolers and works with BART police to ensure smooth operations every morning.
The Lafayette City Council will receive a brief informational presentation about the program at its next meeting on May 14. For more information in the meantime, please visit rideshare.511.org, BART.gov/carpool, or Takescoop.com/bart.
Update from EBMUD on Old Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Work
The City received this brief update from the East Bay Municipal Utility District on the upcoming work at the old Diablo Vista Pumping Plant located at 3305 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Please note the below timeframes are estimates and subject to change:
Demolition of the old plant is expected to start soon. In mid-May (likely starting on May 14) Pacific, Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s) subcontractor will be on-site performing excavation work. PG&E’s crews will start work on May 30th and be on site for approximately one week. During this time there may be intermittent lane closures and traffic control.
EBMUD crews will begin work after PG&E equipment removal is complete (likely June 6). Demolition work hours are 8AM-5PM and are expected to last approximately three weeks. During demolition work, there will be equipment operating and truck traffic for delivery and off-hauling. On several days there will be a single lane closure to drop off and pick up heavy equipment. Traffic control will be present for trucks entering and leaving the site. Once this demolition is complete, the construction of the new parking lot is expected to begin in early July. Our current construction estimate is approximately four weeks.
Please contact EBMUD Community Affairs at email@example.com should you have any questions about the project.
Welcome Eric Singer, the City’s New Assistant Planner
We welcome Eric Singer this week to the City of Lafayette as our new Assistant Planner. Eric is originally from a small mountain town in Southern California, where his love of all things outdoors first developed. He completed his undergrad degree in Political Science at University of California, Irvine, and subsequently moved to San Francisco in 2011 to advance his sales career. In 2016, he left sales and enrolled in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at San Jose State. During his program, he earned his stripes by interning at the City of San Rafael Community Development Department, where he worked on a range of development projects from small residential to commercial and industrial. He is married with a 3-month-old son (their first), and in his spare time enjoys anything that affords him fresh air and sunshine (or fog and rain, if he’s stuck in San Francisco, where he lives). He is excited to help the City of Lafayette achieve its planning and development vision for a vibrant and healthy community with a strong connection to its small-town roots—and we are very happy to welcome Eric to the City!
Taste of Lafayette Tickets Sell Out
One of our City’s more popular events is the Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Lafayette. This year, Lafayette’s 16th Annual Restaurant Walk is being held on Tuesday, May 15. But, alas, it is sold out. If you want to attend next year, plan early. And there is still a chance to get on the waitlist for this year’s festivities. To find out more about Taste of Lafayette and get your name on the waitlist, visit the Chamber’s Website here.
Lafayette’s Detective Vince Ones Featured on KRON4 'Heroes'
Just in case you missed it, we are so proud that Lafayette Police Department’s Detective Vince Ones and his wife Thao were featured on KRON4’s ‘Heroes’ program for all the hard work they put into rescuing and caring for animals in need. We received very nice responses to the story on Nextdoor and you can watch this inspirational story about one of Lafayette's finest right here.
Sacramento Considers Bill That Would Give BART Land Use and Zoning Controls
Assembly Bill 2923, sponsored by Assembly Members Chiu and Grayson, will remove a city’s zoning and land use authority over BART-owned land and hand it over to the BART Board. The bill requires BART to adopt new transit-oriented development (TOD) standards that establish minimum development standards for the land it owns within ½ mile of a station. In Lafayette’s case, this could include the commuter parking lots on Deer Hill Road and other surrounding areas. BART’s current TOD standards for the Lafayette station are a minimum height of five stories and a minimum density of 75 housing units per acre. That’s a significant increase over Lafayette’s current maximum height of three stories and maximum density of 35 housing units per acre.
Land use regulation is a Constitutionally-granted local government function of cities and counties. Authorizing a transit agency to regulate density, height and parking requirements transfers this essential local government function from local hands to a single special district. The City Council has already sent an objection letter to Sacramento and it will continue discussions on AB 2923 at its May 14 meeting.
SEED Special Needs Resource Day Coming Up
SEED is the Special Education and Enrichment Foundation of Lafayette, a local, non-profit, community organization that supports children with special needs and their families. SEED hosts community events, as well as provides funding to the Lafayette School District to support enrichment opportunities for its Special Education program. SEED's Annual Special Needs Family Resource Day is coming up on Saturday, May 19, Noon - 3pm, at Twin Canyon in Lafayette. This fun, engaging event will provide an opportunity for kids and families to get hands-on exposure to local services for kids with special needs, in a casual outdoor environment. Highlights of the event will include:
- Parent education talks: Assessment Basics, Parent Support, and Social Thinking (child care during talks to be provided by PRO AuPair)
- Service providers: karate and CrossFit for kids with special needs, social skills group hikes, Canine Companions for Independence, energy healing, haircuts for kids with special needs, Challenger baseball, music therapy, and more.
- Entertainment and fun: Barbecue lunch, Jungle James animal presentation, archery
Please note that Camp Twin Canyon is a very rustic setting, with uneven ground and no paved pathways. It is not wheelchair-friendly. If anyone in your family uses a wheelchair or has other significant mobility challenges, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can assist you in determining if this event will be suitable for your family.
Free 'Concert at the Rez' This Saturday, May 12, 11am - 3pm
Since 1994, Lafayette Rotarians have been hosting an afternoon of music each spring. This annual concert was conceived by local Rotarian Dick Holt to raise money to support Lafayette school’s music programs, and to provide a venue where local musicians could entertain the community at our beautiful Lafayette reservoir. The Lafayette Rotary Club annually produces the Concert at the Rez with help from the Lafayette Community Foundation.
This year’s event includes the award-winning jazz combo from Acalanes High School, the Rossmoor Big Band/Generations in Jazz, the Bentley High Jazz Combo, the Stanley Middle School Symphonic Orchestra, who will be joined this year by the Westlake Middle School from Oakland, the stunning dancers from the Performance Academy and the talented Town Hall Education Performers.
Along with the great live music and dancing, there will be food and beverages available. The stage is adjacent to a shady picnic area, public restrooms and the children’s playground. Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase with great prizes including weekend get-a-ways. The proceeds are used to fund the Rotary Clubs public service projects and local school music programs.
Quote for the Week
So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees....
-John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra, Chapter Four, 1911
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