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Friday, July 13, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin Will Not Seek Reelection
At the City Council meeting on Monday, July 9, Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin announced that after more than 30 years in elected office, he will not run again for a seat on the City Council in November’s election. At the conclusion of his statement, the public, his colleagues on the Council and City staff gave the Mayor a standing ovation in honor of his many years of service to the City of Lafayette. You can read Mayor Tatzin's statement here.
Don's accomplishments on behalf of the City of Lafayette are nothing short of monumental. Having served for more than half of the City's incorporated life, Don has had a hand in every significant project that the City has completed over the last three decades. That list includes the development of the Lafayette Community Park and Buckeye Fields; the acquisition of Leigh Creekside Park; the deal to acquire the Acalanes Ridge Open Space; the rebuilding of Lafayette Plaza; the Veterans Memorial Building; and the new Lafayette Police Station.
Don's greatest accomplishment is probably his least well-known: he was the financial architect behind the $50M Lafayette Library and Learning Center; his plan not only helped pay for the Library but also endowed the Library Foundation with more than $10M, thus ensuring that the Library would not only be built, but also successful for generations.
During his thirty-three years on the City Council, Don Tatzin has been an unwavering champion for transparency; for public participation; for people with disabilities; and for fiscal responsibility. By making these his priorities, he set an example for other councilmembers and for all of the many staff members who worked for the City during Don's tenure. The City and its residents are far better off because Don Tatzin chose to devote more than half of his life to public service.
Tatzin’s Decision Opens Up November Elections
Don Tatzin stepping off means that this November’s election will deliver a non-incumbent to the City Council. Lafayette voters will elect two councilmembers on November 6, 2018. For those interested in running, the nomination period opens on Monday, July 16, 2018, and closes on Friday, August 10, 2018, unless an incumbent does not file, then the period is extended to Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (5pm) for non-incumbents only. Candidates should make an appointment with City Clerk Joanne Robbins 925-284-1968 to pull nomination papers. The City Clerk will walk potential candidates through the filing process and provide materials at this meeting. Candidates must meet the following requirements (1) an elector of the city when he or she assumes office; and (2) a registered voter of the City when nomination papers are issued (Government Code § 36502). You can find more information here.
City Council Rezones Deer Hill Parcel
On Monday, July 9, the City Council rezoned the 22-acre parcel, commonly known as the “Terraces” or “Homes at Deer Hill” property, to R-65 to allow for 1.5 acre lots. This will allow a future development application of up to fourteen single-family homes and an equal number of accessory dwelling units. This action of the City Council brings the parcel’s zoning into conformance with a density of up to two dwelling units to the acre that is stipulated in the General Plan. The City Council did not extend the 45-day development moratorium on the parcel.
On a related note, O’Brien Land Company, the developer of the parcel, has asked the City to resume processing the 315-unit multifamily development application that was set aside in 2014 while the City considered the 44-unit single family development application known as the Homes at Deer Hill. With the recent defeat of Measure L, the Homes at Deer Hill application is no longer an option. City staff has resumed processing the Terraces application and is currently reviewing the environmental documents that were prepared for this application. Stay tuned for more updates. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Meet Annie Blodgett, Part-time Administrative Assistant
Annie Blodgett recently celebrated her 15th anniversary working as a part-time administrative assistant at the Lafayette Community Center. In her time with Lafayette, Annie has helped implement process improvements including the new recreation software program. Annie is well-liked by her colleagues and customers alike as they have come to depend on her quick action, witty attitude, and ability to get things done. Annie grew up in Albany and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in liberal arts. Prior to working at Lafayette, Annie worked as a Project Planner and NEPA/CEQA specialist for Nextel Communications. In her free time, Annie loves to travel, garden, do arts & crafts, and support her two kids, Lucy and Joey, in their school activities.
It’s Our Anniversary: 50 Years Ago Lafayette Was Incorporated – Don’t Miss the Party on July 29!
How time flies. It is hard to imagine 1968 as being fifty years ago. But it was, and 1968 was the year that Lafayette became an incorporated city. Now, fifty years later, our community is going to celebrate the work we did to incorporate Lafayette, bring us where we are today, and create an ever-improving community for tomorrow.
Lafayette became a City on July 29, 1968, and July 29, 2018, will be the date of our 50th Anniversary celebration. Events will begin at 2:30 p.m., in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, with an informal reception honoring those who made Lafayette possible, including former and current Councilmembers, Citizens and Business Persons of the Year, long-term business owners, residents and others. People will be imparting memorable moments in Lafayette’s first fifty years as a city. We will also unveil a video that encapsulates fifty years of Lafayette history in five minutes. If you’d like to tell your historic stories of Lafayette – or if you just want to listen to tales of the City – simply arrive at the Community Hall.
The main event is from 4pm - 7pm, and will include a special Back Forty Texas BBQ dinner along with entertainment from Dave Martin’s House Party band, a kid zone with games and activities and a parade at 5pm. There will also be historical displays with Town Hall actors in costume, community organizations with tables and something for everyone. There is really, something for everyone. Don’t miss this historic event. Our webpage for the celebration will be updated with the latest information (and, soon, a sneak peek at the 50th Anniversary video). You can view it here.
Mayor Don Tatzin, the City Council and all of us at the City of Lafayette sincerely hope you will attend. So as to publicize the event, City staff has prepared a special 50th Anniversary edition of the Lafayette Vistas that should arrive in mailboxes during the next week or so. If you have any questions about day’s events or the dinner, please contact the City’s Communications Analyst, Jeffrey Heyman, at 925-299-3241, or at email@example.com.
We look forward to honoring you for your contributions to the City of Lafayette at our 50th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 29, starting at 2:30 p.m. See you at the party!
Get Your Discounted Back Forty BBQ Tickets
Lafayette's 50th Anniversary celebration is special and so are the dinner prices -- it's almost 1968 again! The first 1,000 Lafayette residents to sign up will get special discounted meal tickets for a delicious Back Forty Texas BBQ dinner that will be served from 4-7pm. Adult meals are $10 each and children $5. Regular dinner tickets after the first 1,000 will be sold at the event for $20 (adults) and $10 (children). Get your discounted tickets here.
Time Capsule to Be Sealed (And Maybe One Will Be Opened)
Don’t forget to bring something to put into the time capsule to be opened in 2068. Yes, that’s right, we are creating a time capsule to capture this historic day – and the times we live in. Bring something to add to the time capsule to a special depository table that set up at the Lafayette Historical Society during the July 29 event. Be creative and think about what people fifty years from now who live in Lafayette will want to know about us. Items for the Time Capsule will also be on display in the Library until the capsule is sealed and stored in the archives of the Historical Society. Rumor also has it that a time capsule has been located dating from the 1980s. Details are sketchy, but we’ll keep you in the loop and let you know if it will be opened as part of the Anniversary celebrations. To help prepare your items for the time capsule, why not take a historic tour of Lafayette here. For more about Lafayette's history, you can always visit the Lafayette Historical Society.
Want to Volunteer to Help with the Celebration?
The Chamber of Commerce, who has done a wonderful job helping to organize the 50th Anniversary party, is calling on any and all would-be volunteers to assist on celebration day, July 29. If you would like to take part in this historic event, you can sign up right here.
A Day in the Life Photo Contest for the 50th
What Does Lafayette Look Like to you on the special occasion of our 50th Anniversary of Incorporation? The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee is sponsoring another “Day in the Life” photo contest in celebration of the City’s 50th. Photos must be taken in Lafayette on July 29, 2018, and submitted by August 17, 2018. There are a few rules that apply and you must register to enter. You can find out all the details and more about the contest here. Get out those cameras – or smartphones – and let us know how Lafayette looks to you on our special day! By the way, the photo above was last year’s winner, “Spring Equinox 2017” by Stu Selland.
Upload Your Historic Photos of Lafayette!
Speaking of photos, do you have historic photos of Lafayette that you’d like to share? We’ve created a public photo gallery for you to upload your favorite photos of Lafayette. We’re hoping to find old, family treasures that capture the way the City looked over the years. If you’d like to share your pictures of Lafayette, simply use this link and upload your photos:
Please share this link with friends and family who might also have photographs they might wish to be part of the celebration. Who knows, you might see one of your photos in a slideshow during the 50th Anniversary party. And we will share your pictures with the Lafayette Historical Society. (Photo: Mildred Lane, Lafayette, 1953 via 680/24 Corridor History)
Acalanes Students Interview Long-time Residents
In honor of the City’s 50th, the Acalanes Blueprint, the student newspaper for Acalanes High School, talked to two long-time residents about their experience in Lafayette. You can see the article, entitled “A Small Town, Big Memories,” and a video here.
For Our 50th Anniversary, Give the Gift of Green
And in honor of Lafayette’s 50th Anniversary, we’re calling on 1,000 homes and businesses to participate in the city’s largest ever community gift of green energy. In about a minute, any Lafayette home or business can opt-up to MCE Deep Green and choose 100% renewable electricity sourced from California wind and solar farms. It takes 1-minute to sign up. Learn more here.
Lafayette Listens Topic of the Week: What Are Your Stories About Lafayette From the Past 50 Years?
Lafayette Listens is our online public forum for community members to share their views on timely topics. As mentioned above, former Mayors, Councilmembers and long-time members of the community will be attending a forum moderated by Mayor Don Tatzin. He will introduce people and ask them to share their stories about Lafayette. If you cannot attend and would like to contribute a story – or would just rather put your story in writing – you can do so at Lafayette Listens. The stories submitted, time permitting, will be shared at the forum on July 29 in the Community Hall. Tell us your stories right here.
Besides the 50th, Don’t Forget These Two Great Events!
Coming this Saturday, July 14, 5pm-Twilight, at Lafayette Reservoir, Rotary of Lafayette will honor our Veterans and salute our Troops with a concert and picnic featuring the High Water Line bluegrass band and the Big Band of Rossmoor. Join the Rotary Club of Lafayette at the tranquil waters of the Lafayette Reservoir. Show support for our active military, reserves, veterans and Gold Star Families who have lost loved ones who served bravely for our country. For more information about this free event, please email Maurice Levich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week at the Library, July 18 & 19, from 10:15am to 1:00pm, don’t miss Introduction to Programming for Teens (12-17): Python 101. Python is used for creating games, websites, and much more. Python is a real programming language used by professionals (Google, for example, has lots of Python programmers). One of the projects will be a text adventure game. Students will learn about and practice using many parts of Python including using their creativity and programming skills to create an adventure game with various interesting places and events. Contact the Lafayette Library for further information or visit the library website here. And don’t forget to support your library – shop at Friends Corner Book Shop! Learn more here.
This Monday’s Public Meetings
Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. Most of the City’s open meetings are held on Mondays at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are:
- The Planning Commission, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- The Circulation Commission, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- The Creeks Committee, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the City’s Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 265. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
Photo of the Week
Have you ever seen a dinosaur play goalie? Neither had we until we visited Lafayette Recreation’s Camp Awesome yesterday as the kids were celebrating World Cup Day. Go here to see more photos from Camp Awesome and here to learn all about Lafayette Recreation’s great programs. And don’t miss the World Cup final between Croatia and France on Sunday!
Poem of the Week
The Beautiful Game
The Beautiful Game, inflamer of passion,
Maker of legends and timeless skill;
The sport of the world, whether rich or poor.
From the packed dirt streets of Africa,
To the green grass pitches in England,
Is that matchless, extraordinary, game of games played.
It's a game of running, yet not always all out.
It's a game of passion, yet under harness and rein.
It's a game of team, of passing and sharing.
It's a game supreme, this Beautiful Game.
- Derek Jensen
This weekly summary is prepared by City Manager Steven Falk for the Lafayette City Council, staff, and the Lafayette community. Do you have thoughts about this week’s Summary or a contribution for next week’s message? Forward it to him now! Do you have opinions about Lafayette? Share them at Lafayette Listens! You can subscribe to The Roundup here.