The Weekly Roundup
Friday, September 7, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Special Council Meeting Monday to Talk About All Things PG&E
Coming up on Monday is a special meeting that includes our City Council, PG&E, the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) and the public. The purpose of the meeting is to improve community engagement with PG&E and build trust that Lafayette’s gas pipelines are safe and well-managed. The dialog will include a myriad of complicated issues around PG&E’s work in the city and how they manage their pipeline safety programs. There are many questions from the public that PG&E will respond to at this special meeting on September 10, and you can review the documentation PG&E submitted to the City in response to 150 issues raised by residents here. If you have concerns about or compliments for PG&E, this is your chance to speak directly to the people who manage the utility. NOTE: the meeting will be held at 4:00pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. (See more details below.)
It Is Going to be a Busy Monday: Parking Ordinance Also on the Council’s Agenda
Also on Monday evening, the Council will review a comprehensive update to the Parking Ordinance. The City’s all-volunteer Parking Ordinance Committee (now disbanded) and staff worked for five years to develop the draft regulations, which effort included significant research, an extensive on and off-street occupancy survey, public outreach through the Chamber of Commerce, and three district-based workshops. What makes the new ordinance special? Well, the general concept of the update is to simplify the regulations, while giving retailers and commercial users more predictability and flexibility. If you’re curious about recent trends for downtown parking, check out this video featuring Donald Shoup, UCLA professor and parking guru. If you’re interested in the work done to date you can review the staff report here.
The 23rd Annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival – It Is Almost Here!
Clear the streets! Fire up the kettlecorn kettles! Get out the corkscrews! An estimated 80,000 people will soon stroll our downtown visiting commercial booths, viewing art and handmade crafts, enjoying foods from our local restaurants and food trucks, tasting wines and microbrews, and pausing to enjoy continuous music from our three main stages and a kids’ stage. And don't miss the kids’ activities and rides too! All of it happens Saturday, September 15, 10am-7pm & Sunday, and September 16, 10am-6pm. Here’s what to expect:
· 4 stages with live music both days including a Family Stage
· Premium Wine Pavilion
· 3 Kids’ Zones
· Free Admission, parking at BART, shuttle to event and Bike Valet
· 250+ art and craft booths
· 22 downtown restaurants
· 14 food booths
· 5 food trucks
It’s Lafayette’s biggest annual event – now in its 23rd year! See music schedules and more at www.LafayetteFestival.com.
Planning Underway for the Restoration of the Iconic Reservoir Tower
As you may have read, that the iconic tower that sits watching over the Lafayette Reservoir is in need of a seismic upgrade. Since EBMUD provided a briefing to the Lafayette City Council in December, the District has engaged a consultant to perform detailed structural analyses of the tower. Next steps? Concrete samples of the tower will be taken and a subsurface boring will be performed to properly characterize the soil conditions. Permits for that work have been secured and the work is being scheduled. Once results are finalized, the alternatives will be reviewed by EBMUD staff, and CEQA planning and public outreach will begin shortly thereafter. Depending on the level of CEQA documentation and regulatory approvals, design could occur in 2019 with construction beginning in 2020. We’ll keep you in the loop on this iconic project that is so important to all Lafayettans.
Meet Jennifer Wakeman, Financial Services Manager
Jennifer has been working in municipal finance for nearly 16 years, starting at the Town of Moraga and the City of Walnut Creek before landing at the City of Lafayette. She enjoys managing the City’s finances and simultaneously serves as a board member for the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. Jennifer lives with her family in Lafayette and spends most of her non-working time corralling her three sons: Jack (8 years old), Madden (6 years old), and Emmett (1 year old). Here's fun fact: Jennifer's kids are fifth generation Lafayette! Next time you stop by the City’s offices, make sure you say hello to Jennifer.
Chip & Slurry Seal Projects Around Town
Telfer Pavement Technologies has been performing maintenance repairs on various streets throughout town. The work is nearing the final stage where a slurry seal is spread over the streets sealing cracks and providing a new wearing surface and a uniform black appearance. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of next week. The final stage of work where the pavement striping will be installed will be completed by the end of the month. Yellow notification signs have been placed on the streets that will be worked on to inform residents of upcoming road closures and traffic delays that should be anticipated. The streets remaining to be sealed are as follows:
- Upper Happy Valley Road from El Nido Ranch Road to North Peardale
- El Nido Ranch Road from Mount Diablo Boulevard to Upper Happy Valley Road
- Las Trampas Road
- North and South Peardale
- Canyon Road
- Pine Lane
- Happy Valley Road from the City Limits to White Pine Lane
It’s Happening Next Week: The Lafayette Citizens Police Academy
Here’s your opportunity to rob a bank, ride in a patrol car, and spend some time in jail without actually breaking the law! Find out what a police officer really does by attending the Lafayette Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. The very popular 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 coming up fast: Tuesday, September 11. Get all the information about the program by visiting the Police Department's Academy webpage here. Or sign up today by emailing Cathy Surges-Moscato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a Mini-Don With the Acalanes High School Sideline Cheer Team!
OK, we’ve offered you a chance to be a pretend police officer; here’s your opportunity to be a cheerleader! Spend three afternoon clinics with JV & Varsity, learning cheers and a dance routine. On game day, participants will cheer first half of the Varsity Football game vs. the El Cerrito Gauchos; then, perform the dance routine during halftime. It’s all happening the week of Monday, September 10, 5:30pm - Friday, September 14, 5:30pm. Pom-poms, t-shirt + cheer skirt + hair bow (uniform distributed Wed 9/12) and face decorations provided for game day outfits. Team photo included! Please pass this information on to all of your friends! Thanks for supporting the Acalanes High School Sideline Cheer Program — GO DONS!!! Register now: https://acalanescheer.com/
JMLT Announces Campaign to Save Painted Rock
It’s not Lafayette, but it’s close enough that we thought you’d be interested: the John Muir Land Trust is raising funds to acquire the 84-acre property known as Painted Rock, a highly visible hill located between Lafayette and Moraga near Campolindo High School featuring rocks that have been – yes – painted by spirited high school students for generations. If acquired, the Painted Rock property will anchor a large 505-acre public open space. This would be a stunning new recreational resource providing miles of new trails and sweeping views for the community, and be a protected haven for wildlife. Painted Rock is the next property in The Moraga Hills Campaign, part of JMLT's decades-long effort to protect the most threatened properties in the East Bay Hills. The campaign seeks to protect hundreds of acres in Lamorinda that will provide critical wildlife corridors, protect native species, preserve clean drinking water, and offer residents spectacular opportunities to experience wide-open natural spaces for recreation. JMLT has until May 2019 to raise $2 million, with $1 million already donated. Please join your neighbors and donate today to protect landscapes for future generations to enjoy. Learn more at jmlt.org.
Start Breaking in Those Running Shoes: The 26th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run for Education is October 21st
The annual Lafayette Res Run for Education, scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2018, attracts upwards of 4000 people of all ages and athletic ability each year, including hundreds who just cheer on the runners! See friends and neighbors and enjoy music performed by Stanley Middle School. Now celebrating its 26th anniversary, this community fitness event also attracts serious runners from across the Bay Area because of the event’s unique combination of small town feel, beautiful scenery and fast 5-K race and a challenging 10-K course which includes a trip around the Lafayette Reservoir. All races start and end at the same location – Corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Oak Hill Rd. Race Start Times are: 5K Race—8:00am; 10K Run—8:15am; and the 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk—8:45am. Register online www.lafayettechamber.org/resrun
By Way of Our Library, You Can Journey to Africa and Never Leave Lafayette
Born and raised in the African savanna, Maasai Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu will share his stories of a child becoming a warrior living among the animals that he now passionately works to protect, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center’s Community Hall, on September 14, at 3:30pm. Learn how Salaton survived with his vast knowledge of animal behavior while developing a desire to preserve Maasai culture and lands for the future. Back by popular demand, all ages will enjoy this adventure into the wild wonders of Kenya! Jewelry sales will benefit health, education, and conservation projects at Maji Moto Maasai Camp. Register now for this memorable event right here.
And while we are talking about the library, don’t forget to buy a book (or a dozen) at the Friends Corner Book Shop’s half-price sale on Saturday, September 15, from 9am to 5pm. "Support your Library...shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
This Monday’s Public Meetings
Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. Most of the City’s open meetings are held (unless noted otherwise) on Mondays at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are:
- The City Council, City Council-PG&E Special Meeting (4:00 p.m.) and City Council Regular Meeting (7:00 p.m.). You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- The Youth Commission, beginning at 6:00 p.m., Lafayette Community Center - Sequoia Room, 500 St. Mary's Rd. Lafayette, California 94549. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
Lafayette Listens Topic of the Week: Provide Comments on the City Council’s Agenda
One of the very best things about Lafayette is how much its citizens care about local issues. Whenever we publish a city council agenda, for instance, we get letters – lots of them; dozens of them; scores of them – voicing your many opinions about what’s going on the in the City. The only problem with those letters? Nobody else reads them except us down here at City Hall! Well, we’ve got a workaround for that. By using Lafayette Listens, our forum for civic engagement, you can register your comments on any agenda item in a place where anybody and everybody can also see them and register their support for your idea (or not). On the day of the Council meeting, staff gathers up all of the comments you have submitted, and forwards them to the City Council for its consideration. This is the best place to make your voice heard! Try it now: take a look at Monday’s agenda here and make your comments online at Lafayette Listens here. Please comment by noon on Monday, September 10, so that we can provide them to the Council for consideration at the meeting. Thank you for your participation in Lafayette’s public meetings!
Photo For the Week
Poem For the Week
Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate.
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.
-Claude McKay, 1889 - 1948
About this Poem: “America” was first published in The Liberator in December of 1921. It appeared in McKay’s collection Harlem Shadows (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922).
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