The Weekly Roundup
May 25, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Summer Fun Already: It’s the Rock the Plaza Series
Lafayette’s Rock the Plaza series, now in its 13th season, takes place Friday nights in June at Lafayette’s Plaza Park, at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. Join the City and the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 1, for the season’s first concert featuring the dr D Band.
dr D (yes, that’s how they spell it) is a five-piece band that plays Funk, R&B and Rock – basically anything that will get you going. dr D is comprised of five seasoned musicians who cover songs by Chaka Kahn and Rufas, Bonnie Raitt, Cream, Sheryl Crow, Led Zeppelin, Sly & the Family Stone, Pink Floyd, Melissa Etheridge and many great performers. But, here’s the bottom line: dr D want you to dance and have a great time! Join the fun at Lafayette Plaza Park, June 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm – and best of all it’s FREE!
Or if Jazz is More Your Thing…How About Stanley’s Jazz Café
Stanley Middle School presents Jazz Café on Friday, June 1 from 6-10pm. This is a collaborative performance of Jazz student musicians from Stanley, Campolindo and Acalanes. Support the fundraising efforts of the Stanley Middle School Jazz Program and enjoy a memorable evening of music. General admission is $10, elementary students $5 (cash only) and children under 6 are free. The evening includes food, raffles and a silent auction. For online tickets or more information, visit stanleymusic.org .
Wondering What to Do Downtown During Lunch? How about an Art Walk to See the City’s New Public Art Installations
This week, City staff took an “art walk” led by Juliet Hansen, Lafayette’s Public Art Committee liaison. And what a great walk it was! Thanks to the City Council and the Public Art Committee, our downtown features a surprising number of pieces of public art. So, if you are downtown, you might wish to take your own art walk and see some of the public art that has recently been installed.
Here’s a suggested tour starting at the Post Office and walking toward Plaza Park:
- Houses utility box wrap (Mt. Diablo Blvd. in front of CVS)
- Bridge utility box wrap (Mt. Diablo Blvd. at Lafayette Circle near Bank of the West)
Then head east on Golden Gate Way to see an amazing sight:
- “Ursus Redivivus” the grizzly bear – 3505 Golden Gate Way, just past the Park Theater
Turn left on First St., left on Mt Diablo:
- Planets utility box wrap (Taco Bell)
And Cross Mt. Diablo Blvd., turn left and head west:
- Yellow Girl utility box Wrap (Mt. Diablo Blvd. near City events sign)
- Jungle utility box wrap (Mt. Diablo in front of Uncle Yu’s)
Don’t forget to see “Shadow” by Ben Trautman, the sculpture on the downtown path to the BART station, and the new light panels being installed at Town Center III condominiums
We’ll have a lot more detail about these pieces of art coming up, but must-sees include Alex Nolan and Chad Glasoff’s “Ursus Redivivus, which was installed this week, and the utility box wraps that celebrate Lafayette’s 50th year of incorporation. The wraps feature elementary student art work and logos submitted by high school students to Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). Contact Juliet anytime to learn about our great public art at JHansen@ci.lafayette.ca.us. You can see a photo gallery from the City staff art walk here: http://bit.ly/LafayetteArtWalk.
St. Mary's Road Closure: An Update from Parks, Trails and Recreation
Lafayette’s PTR Department wants to assure program participants that they can still get to the Community Park, Community Center and Buckeye Fields all summer long! Due to PG&E pipeline work, a section of St. Mary's Road will be closed from the Community Park to Bollinger Canyon Road from June 7th to August 21st. However, this will not block access to any Lafayette Recreation facilities.
If you live in Walnut Creek, Orinda and most of Lafayette, you will still be able to access the Community Center and Community Park by driving south on St. Mary's Road – your commute will remain the same. If you live in Moraga or south of Community Park, you may need to utilize an alternate route.
We have created this map to help you better understand how the PG&E’s road closure may affect your drive to our programs.
Additional drive time to get to the Community Cente
We understand that there is concern about PG&E’s road closure this summer, but you will still have access to our Community Center and the Community Park! You can count on Lafayette Recreation to provide quality programming,road work or no road work!
Spring is Here – Are You Ready for Home Improvement Season?
Spring signals the start of the home improvement season and the Planning & Building Department’s page on the City’s website is chockful of handy information to get you going! Check our site to get tips on how to apply for a building permit, what types of permits you may need and other useful information. Additionally, planners are available by phone (925-284-1976) from 8am to 5pm, and at the Planning Counter at City Offices from noon to 5 pm during the work week. Our address is 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Come visit anytime. Happy renovations!
Don’t Forget Your Weeds: Did you know that Weed Abatement Deadline for Central Contra Costa (Including Lafayette) is May 31, 2018?
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has established minimum standards for weed abatement, which you can read here. ConFire defines weeds as all wild plants growing on streets or private property, including sagebrush, chaparral (chamise, coyote brush, greasewood, broom brush, buckwheat), dry grass, stubble, brush, litter, or other flammable materials which are capable of being ignited and endangering the public safety by creating a fire hazard.
Property owners are ultimately responsible for managing their vegetation to meet fire district requirements. As a public service, the fire district offers lists of some area contractors who perform vegetation management work, such as, mowing, discing, and "weed-eating". The fire district does not endorse contractors nor imply approval of the quality of work performed. The 2018 weed abatement deadline for central county is May 31, 2018; this area includes not only Lafayette, but Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill, Rossmoor and Walnut Creek.
Learn more about Defensible Space, the area around a building in which vegetation, debris and other types of combustible fuels have been treated, cleared, or reduced to slow the spread of wild fires here. And, remember, the most important person in protecting houses from wildfire is not a firefighter, but property owners. It is action taken homeowners before wildfires occurs that is most critical. Learn more here.
Meet Donna Feehan
Our Public Works Manager is Donna Feehan, who has worked for City of Lafayette for more than 20 years—and in Public Works since 2001. Donna has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Geneva College in Pennsylvania, where she grew up, and an MBA from the University of Houston. Donna says she enjoys working in Public Works because there is always a variety of interesting things to do. She especially enjoys meeting and providing assistance to Lafayette’s residents and learning more about, and caring for the City’s beautiful plants and trees.
Facelift for Chateau Lafayette Before Design Review Commission
This upcoming Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Design Review Commission will review Chateau Lafayette’s application to update and refresh the building façades. Chateau Lafayette is a local valued institution, an affordable senior housing project that consists of 67 housing units. The applicant proposes to remodel the exterior of all four existing buildings including modifying the existing siding, replacing wood railings with metal, replacing windows, and updating paint colors. The proposal also includes minor modification to existing landscaping and building an approximately 16” stacked rock wall at the edge of the sidewalk. The design team worked closely with the residents to select the colors and materials and to ensure minimal disruption while construction occurs.
Lafayette Listens Topic of the Week
What is the Best Way For the City to Provide You With Information?
Lafayette Listens is the City's forum for civic engagement. Read what others are saying about important Lafayette topics and post your own views. This week's topic is how should we at the City provide you with the information you want. Tell us a little about how much information, what kinds and how often you would like the City to send you news, stories and info about events around town. What are your favorite social media and web sites, blogs, podcasts, newspapers or other media? Do you mostly use email or prefer text messages? To weigh in on this week's topic - or any of the other open topics - simply log into Lafayette Listens here. We want to hear from you!
This Tuesday’s Public Meetings
Monday is usually public meeting day in Lafayette. But this Monday is, of course, Memorial Day, so the following public meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 29:
- Council Finance Subcommittee, City Offices - Suite 265, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Councilmembers will review next year’s draft budget. You can read the agenda here.
- Council Personnel Subcommittee, Lafayette Library & Learning Center - Cornerstone Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5:45 p.m. Councilmembers will discuss personnel reclassifications. You can read the agenda here.
- City Council and Planning Commission, Lafayette Library & Learning Center-Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Come and congratulate our graduating Youth Commissioners, Joshua Galla and Marianna Florine. You can read the agenda and staff reports here.
- Design Review Commission, Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m. See above Chateau Lafayette story and read the agenda and staff reports here.
Photo of the Week
Song of the Week
What’s more appropriate for this Memorial Day weekend than local folk singer Laura Zucker’s song Memorial Day? The song is about the crosses in Lafayette and we present it in honor of Memorial Day here.
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