The Weekly Roundup
April 29, 2016 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Special Earth Day Edition!
Lafayette Just Got Greener
Last Monday night, the City Council celebrated sustainable efforts in Lafayette by presenting the Awards of Environmental Excellence -- the “Green Awards” -- to the 2015 recipients. Awards were chosen across four different categories this year: business, community organizations, residents, and youth. The 2015 recipients are as follows:
- Businesses – Douglah Designs, and Republic Services
- Community Organizations – Lafayette Community Center, and Rising Sun Energy Center, and Town Hall Theatre (Michael Gilson)
- Residents – Wei-Tai Kwok, and Kim Overaa, and Janet Thomas
- Youth – Sue Park’s 3rd Grade Class
To read more about the winners, see why they won here.
Marin Clean Energy Adopts Lafayette
Last Thursday, April 21, 2016, Marin Clean Energy’s (MCE) Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve Lafayette as a member of MCE. This means that as soon as this autumn, Lafayette residents and businesses will be able to choose between using MCE or PG&E for their power. The way the plan works: Lafayette power customers will automatically be enrolled in MCE’s “light green” 50-percent renewable option, but customers can also choose to switch to MCE’s “dark green” 100-percent renewable option, MCE’s “local sol” 100-percent local wind and solar option, or continue to use PG&E at 27-percent renewables. Over the next few months MCE, in conjunction with the City, will be doing extensive outreach including speaking with local groups, holding workshops, sending out mailers, providing information online and in City Offices, and attending local events. Learn more about MCE on the City’s website here. The website will be updated with more information as it becomes available. Also, contact Megan Canales at email@example.com or Julia Koppman Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Last Monday night, the Lafayette City Council approved a resolution authorizing EVGo, an electric vehicle charging station provider, to provide, install, and maintain two Level-3/DC fast-chargers and one Level 2 charger at public parking spaces on Golden Gate Way near the Park Theater, at no cost to the City. EVGo will use five parking spaces, four of which will become dedicated “EV-only” spaces and one of which will be striped-off for the charging station equipment and to provide ADA-accessibility. Although this won’t make parking free for EV drivers (parking meters will remain in place), this is a great step towards greening our City!
Notes from Chief Christensen: Forewarned is Forearmed
Can we agree that it’s better to be informed than uninformed? If so, we have a couple of locations here in town that I want you to be informed about. Officers will be spending a little bit more time in over the next couple of weeks at these two places:
- Mt. Diablo Boulevard at Mt. Diablo Ct. This is the area near the Park Hotel. East Bay MUD is digging up their pipes and making some modifications, so you'll see the construction crews out there. Because crews are working in the road, the speed limit has been reduced to 25 MPH. There are BIG SIGNS, flashing lights, everything anybody would need to advise drivers to slow down; the reduction is all about safety, keeping the workers from having a car drove over or into them. But guess what? Not everybody is slowing down! Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who apparently need to get somewhere rea; quick and are ignoring the signs. And so you'll see us out there writing citations. One thing to keep in mind: since it's a construction zone, the fine will be doubled. But that is not the end of it: if you get caught it's likely the judge will also suspended your license for a couple of weeks, which will not only inconvenience you but also send your insurance rates through the roof. Slow down, people! It's a minor inconvenience and it will save you a TON of money.
- Reliez Station Road. If you have not been there, there are some new signs along Pleasant Hill Road and Olympic Boulevard indicating that the weight limit for these roads has been changed. There are lots of signs. There are signs, electronic message boards; there may even be a marching band out there advising truckers of this change. But, for whatever reason, some people just don't pay attention! The Municipal Code has been changed to say that no vehicles over 5 tons Gross Vehicle Weight Rating are allowed. This is a pretty significant change for the road. If you've been through there recently, you likely saw our officers stopping and rerouting the trucks. Most drivers say they did not see the sign and they were just following their GPS. But, again, this is a very expensive ticket. If you have scheduled a delivery, advise the company not to use Reliez Station Road!
Gold Coast Chamber Players joined by San Francisco Symphony musicians for ‘Boundless’
Boundless, the fifth and final concert of Gold Coast Chamber Player’s 2015-2016 series, showcases music by J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy and Dmitri Shostakovich for piano and strings. The concert will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. A pre-concert talk will start the evening at 7:00 PM. San Francisco Symphony, associate concertmaster, Nadya Tichman, returns to Gold Coast for the first time in over twenty years and brings with her some of her most distinguished colleagues from the SF Symphony, including Gold Coast favorite, cellist Amos Yang. J.S. Bach’s influence on Shostakovich was tremendous. The choice to begin the program with his fifth cello suite will offer the listener a foundation for the entire program. The program concludes with the Shostakovich piano quintet, a rare, thought-provoking work. Even a first hearing leaves listeners with the uncanny sense that they already know this work well, and that they have heard something significant. At the same time one is struck with the quintet's originality; nothing sounds hackneyed and Shostakovich’s score comes across as fresh and immediate. Ticket price includes complimentary champagne, a pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM, and a reception with the musicians following the performance. Tickets are $37.50 general, $32.50 seniors and $15 for students and are available at www.gcplayers.org and by phone at (925) 283-3728. Free garage parking at the library on Golden Gate Way. Limited seating, please reserve early.
This Week at the Library
- LLLC Volunteer Information Session, 4/30, 10:00am >
- Group Meditation, 4/30, 11:30am >
- Bike Camping 101 with Pedal Inn, 5/3, 6:30pm >
- 100th Birthday of the National Park Service, 5/4, 7:00pm >
- DSS Welcomes: Joyce Maynard, 5/5, 7:00pm >
- Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden, 5/7, 2:00pm >
- Gold Coast Chamber Players: Boundless, 5/7, 7:00pm >
Support your Library - Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop, corner of 1st St. & Golden Gate Way! The Friends will have a half-price sale on Saturday, 5/7 from 9-5!
Quote for the Week
Sports should be about kids and their dreams, not about parents and their goals.
St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny
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