The Weekly Roundup
Friday, August 17, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Save the Date: A Reception Honoring Our Outgoing Elected Officials
The City of Lafayette will be honoring our outgoing elected officials at a reception to be held on Tuesday, November 27, at the Veterans Memorial Building. We will be paying tribute to Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin, Acalanes High School Boardmember Richard Whitmore, Lafayette School District President Teresa Gerringer, and Lafayette School District Boardmember David Gerson. The reception will start with a no-host bar at 5:30pm and public comments outlining these outgoing officials will begin at 6:30pm. Please save the date and plan on attending this special reception.
City Task Force to Explore Options for Lafayette’s Historic Park Theater
There has been much discussion about town regarding the Park Theater. And, as discussed at this week’s City Council meeting, a number of options are being bandied about, although nothing has yet to be decided. If you are interested in possibly joining a task force to explore options for Lafayette’s Park Theater, please send an email to the City of Lafayette’s Administrative Services Director, Tracy Robinson, at TRobinson@ci.lafayette.ca.us. Please include in your email some background information about you, your interest in the Park Theater and any particular expertise you could bring to the task force.
School Starts Next Week in Lamorinda – Watch for Yellow School Buses!
With school starting next week, the Lamorinda School Bus Program has some safety tips for you. When driving a private vehicle, please do not pass a school bus with red lights flashing. When those lights flash, students are crossing the street. By law, when a bus flashes its red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop. In California, all vehicles moving the same direction – and in the opposite direction – are required to stop. Be aware! Violations result in heavy fines; and more importantly, violating this law endangers students. Stay out of the Bus Danger Zone (twelve feet away from the bus). If you are too close, the bus driver may not see you and passing cars may not see you. Our students are the future – let’s keep them safe! For more information about school bus safety, please visit www.lamorindaschoolbus.org
This Fall Don’t Miss Our Citizens Police Academy
Interested in learning what it's like to be a police officer in the city? Have you ever wanted to drive a police car? How about processing a crime scene just like they do on television? If this sounds like something you'd like to do, you should consider attending the Lafayette Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. The six-week program is designed to give participants an overview of law enforcement. The course is hosted by the Crime Prevention Commission, and the next class is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 11, 2018. For more information about the program and to get an application, visit the Police Department's Academy webpage here, or email Cathy Surges-Moscato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re Nearly There: Update on PG&E St. Mary's Road Project
Effective Wednesday, August 15, PG&E's full road closure of portions of St. Mary's Road has been lifted. However, it is expected that over the next month there will be localized lane closures on St. Mary's Road: Expect Delays. Also, expected at the conclusion of the project is a 1-2 day complete road closure in order to surface seal the roadway. This current work will continue to be carried out Monday-Saturday, between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
Smoothing Out Our Streets and Roads: Surface Seal Projects
Over the next few weeks, the City of Lafayette will be performing maintenance repairs on 17 streets and roads in town. If you live on a street that will be impacted by this work you should have received a notification in the mail. You might have also seen the signs that have been placed on the streets to be repaired. If you have not, or wish to review the letter with the full details concerning the project, it can be found on our website here. Although we endeavor to have all of our construction projects completed prior to the start of school, sometimes this is not always possible. Thank you for your patience.
Meet Carlos Garcia, Engineering Intern
Carlos joined the City of Lafayette this summer as an Engineering Intern. He would, first of all, like you to know that his absolute goal in life is to own a dog once he graduates from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Now, that he’s gotten that off his chest, he further wishes to tell everyone that although he is majoring in civil engineering, he is really a nerd that loves to program. He says if he gets tired of being outside – which he is a lot as an Engineering Intern – with programming under his belt, he can always hop back inside and still be happy. With only four more weeks left in his internship, make sure to look out for Carlos around town and say hi.
Keeping It Clean: Street Sweeping
The City of Lafayette provides street sweeping services for our City’s public streets, those with curb or asphalt berms. We have noticed that some residents are leaving their cars on the street on sweeping days. We want to make sure we keep our streets as clean as possible. So please move your car on sweeping days to allow those big street sweeping trucks to get to all the way to the curb. You can learn all about the City’s street sweeping program and check the sweeping schedule here.
Temporary Parking Changes at Lafayette’s BART Station in August
BART is making improvements to station access and the parking lots at Lafayette Station. When fully completed, this project will increase the number of ADA-compliant parking spaces, improve signs, replace paving, improve circulation through the lots, improve pedestrian safety and access, increase motorcycle parking, and improve the bus zones and passenger drop off areas. According to BART, on August 20, 2018, they will reopen most of Lot A (the lot bounded by Happy Valley Road and Deer Hill Road). Areas around the edge of the lot will be closed as some finishing work is completed (striping, numbering, paving, sign install, etc.) There will be signs and fencing around each work area. Around the same time, we will begin work to complete the solar panel project in Lots C & D. Portions of these lots will be fenced off in turn while the work is completed. In Lot D, no more than two carport structures will be closed off at a time with up to 94-space out of service. In Lot C, 68 parking spaces will be taken out of service at a time. The work in each section should take approximately two weeks to complete. See map above for details. BART says that this project is expected to be completed by approximately October 15, 2018.
It’s Coming: The 23rd Annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival
Right now block out Saturday, September 15, 10am-7pm & Sunday, September 16, 10am-6pm, on your calendar. It’s coming, the Annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival. And you don’t want to miss it. An estimated 80,000 people stroll our downtown visiting commercial booths; viewing art and handmade crafts; enjoying foods from our local restaurants and food trucks; tasting wines and microbrews, pausing to enjoy continuous music from our three main stages and a kids' stage. Don't miss the kids’ activities and rides! For more information, contact Sara at the Chamber of Commerce now at (925) 284-7404 or via email at Sara@LafayetteChamber.org.
The City of Lafayette’s American Red Cross Blood Drive
Help your community by donating blood during the City’s Blood Drive, August 30, from 10am to 4pm, at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road, in Lafayette. This blood drive, held in the Jennifer Russell Building, is to benefit the American Red Cross. To find out more, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code LAFAYETTE, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.
What’s Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Passing the Torch – Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller: Coming on Thursday, August 23, 7pm, don’t miss Eugene O’Neill’s last theatrical hurrah during his lifetime and Arthur Miller’s first great success happened together. The 1946-47 Broadway season, which featured both O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh and Miller’s All My Sons, in many ways marked a changing of the guard for the American Drama. This fall, the Eugene O’Neill Festival will explore O’Neill’s connections to the generation of playwrights that followed in his wake. This fall the Eugene O'Neill Festival will explore O'Neill's connections to the generation of playwrights that followed in his wake. Come to see cast members preview scenes and enjoy an overview of the annual festival’s upcoming events!
And let’s not forget tomorrow, Saturday, August 18, at that Friends Corner Book Shop, it’s the Half Off Sale! Support your library and buy all the books you can carry from 9am - 1pm!
Lafayette Recreation’s Free Intro to Yoga Class
If you have been thinking about trying yoga this is the class for you! In this free introductory class, you’ll have an opportunity to try yoga for yourself and find out why it has become so popular. Experience yoga postures, breathing exercises and learn a bit about yoga philosophy too! Benefits of yoga include stress reduction, increased flexibility & strength, improved energy. and overall well-being. This class is taught by Howard VanEs who has been a yoga instructor for over 20 years and has written many books about yoga. Dress for movement and bring a yoga mat and blanket if you have one, if not, one will be provided. The class is Saturday, August 25, 10am to 11:15am. Register now here.
Let Them Eat Brioche!
Town Hall Theatre is excited to launch this Season’s Town Hall ThEATre History: Let Them Eat Brioche! on August 25, 2018, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette. Join Town Hall for this cultural and culinary exploration led by Lafayette mom and Local Food Adventures owner, Lauren McCabe Herpich, as she takes you through the rich history behind Town Hall Theatre, introducing you to the professionals that bring the magic of the stage to life and the excitement of its theatrical productions, all while enjoying some seriously delicious local flavors along the way. Three local restaurants take on the “Brioche Challenge.” Enjoy savory dishes and wine from Lafayette's Yankee Pier, American Kitchen, and Locando Positano. Liliana Duque Piñeiro, Scenic Designer for The Revolutionists will give us a sneak peek behind her exciting set design and share her historical inspiration. Susan E. Evans, Town Hall’s Artistic Director and Director of The Revolutionists, will discuss her vision for the show and provide some historical context of the four women depicted in the play, as well as some background on a local playwright, Lauren Gunderson. It all starts at 3:30 pm, and is limited to 20 participants. Tickets are $60 for subscribers and $65 for non-subscribers, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com.
Council Appoints Eugene Sim to the Design Review Commission
At the April 13 City Council meeting, Councilmembers Anderson and Mitchell made a resolution, which was approved unanimously, appointing Eugene Sim to the Design Review Commission. Mr. Sim, who has lived in Lafayette for 2 ½ years, is a former Planning Commissioner and Chairman, for the City of South San Francisco. He is the founder and CEO of SIM Architects of San Francisco, specializing in educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. With a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sim, who is a registered architect in California, was a district architect for the Lafayette School District for 10 years. He is a member of the Amanda Lane Homeowners’ Association. His term ends June 2023. The Design Review Commission advises the Planning Commission and City Council on matters relating to aesthetics and the physical appearance of the City of Lafayette. Click here for the responsibilities of the Design Review Commission. Click here for the Conflict of Interest Policy for Members of the Planning and Design Review Commissions.
Lafayette City Council Candidates for November’s Election
The November 6, 2018, General Municipal Election will fill two seats currently held by Ivor Samson and Don Tatzin. The deadline for filing was Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm., and here are the candidates, and their contact information, who have filed to run for one of the two seats:
- Susan Candell, email: email@example.com
- Teresa Gerringer, email: TeresaforLafayette@gmail.com
- Karen J. Maggio, email: KJMaggio@gmail.com
- Ivor Samson, email: IvorSamson@comcast.net
- David Smith, email: DaveforLafayette@gmail.com
For further information regarding the November election, you may contact City Clerk Joanne Robbins (925) 284-1968.
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 7pm, 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.
Photo of the Week: BBQ and Potluck at the Corp Yard
Public works was very pleased to host staff, and Lafayette’s mayor, to an end-of-summer barbecue at the Public Works Corporation Yard yesterday. The City’s new contract public works crew from Terracare Associates was kind enough to do the heavy lifting and barbecue the meat while others brought side dishes and desserts to share. The barbecue was great, weather warm and shade provided – a wonderful time was had by all!
Quote of the Week
Good barbecue comes from experience, and experience, well, that comes from poor barbecue.
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