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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:03/23/2018 5:31 PM


The Weekly Roundup

March 23, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Chief Christensen

Come Say Goodbye to Chief Christensen

As we reported last week, Police Chief Eric Christensen has accepted a position with the City of Oakley and will be leaving us next at the end of the month.  He’s done a great job for Lafayette, using both education and technology to reduce crime.  Here’s an amazing statistic:  we now catch more than 90% of the burglars who make the mistake of thinking it’s a good idea to break into a house in Lafayette.  90%!  In some other cities, it’s less than 5%.  The word must be spreading from bad guy to bad guy because, as a result of that high capture rate, Lafayette’s residential burglary rate has declined by more than half since Chief Christensen arrived.  He’s done a great job for us, and you can thank him for his service next Thursday evening, March 29th, at the Veterans Memorial Building.  The social event begins at 6P, with comments from Mayor Tatzin and others starting at 7P sharp.  You can RSVP here.



Stop The Summer Sting in the Spring

Spring has sprung and the time to prevent yellowjackets is NOW! Contra Costa County is home to four species of yellowjackets.  During the winter months, the yellowjacket queen hibernates and then during the warm days of late winter and early spring she emerges to search for a location where she can build a new nest. This is the time to reduce the risk of yellowjackets  -- by catching the queen in her tracks!  The rule of thumb is that the queen makes her rare appearance after the last hard freeze or frost of winter.  In Contra Costa County, however, this can be difficult to predict due to the county's diverse microclimates.  This year’s prediction has Lafayette’s last frost happening between March 21 and March 31, which means now is the time to hang up those traps.  For more information about yellowjacket control visit the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District website.



The Orange Shirt Report

This week, Public Works crews have been assisting a tree gang pruning trees in the downtown medians for safety and visibility.  We have also been keeping the sandbag stations (Mt. Diablo Blvd. at Village Center and Camino Diablo at Loveland Drive) supplied and noticed an uptick in users during the big rainstorm.  The break in the rain this weekend gives homeowners a great opportunity to clean up any leaves and debris around their properties that may clog up storm drains, ditches, or creeks.  The city’s engineers, meanwhile, opened bids for our road reconstruction project recently and, due to the busy construction climate, prices came in high.  Very high.  Still, by reshuffling of some of our gas tax revenue, we should be able to still award construction to start road reconstruction by late April or early May.


Baker’s in the Backyard!

This Saturday, join Assemblywoman Catharine Baker in partnership with John Muir Land Trust and Environmental Defense Fund for a Walk and Talk Town Hall in Moraga’s Carr Ranch at Rancho Laguna Park. Enjoy a nice walk through nature while getting the latest updates on state legislation.   


Saturday, March 24th


Carr Ranch

Meeting point: Rancho Laguna Park

2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga

RSVP here:


Let’s Give Them A Green Trophy

Do you know someone in Lafayette who has done an amazing job in reducing reduce their carbon footprint, or who has contributed to the City’s environmental goals, or helped inspire others in the community to be green? Lafayette’s annual Awards of Environmental Excellence for 2017 (Read: “Green Awards”) are open for nominations! Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, April 11th. Winners will be announced at a City Council meeting in late April. Awards are chosen across the following categories: residents, local businesses, schools, community organizations, and green building.


Lafayette Garden Club Presents the Aesthetic Pruning of Japanese Maples

Lafayette Garden Club is pleased to present speaker Yuki Nora who will share her extensive expertise in Aesthetic Pruning of Japanese Maples. The Japanese Maple, when pruned well, has an essence of grace and elegance. We look forward to hearing Yuki teach us how best to care for these beautiful trees.  Lafayette Garden Club meetings are held at the Lafayette Veteran’s Building located at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 9:45 AM to 12 noon. Visitors are welcome! Questions can be directed to Carolyn Poetzsch at  Also:  Be sure to save the date on Mother’s Day weekend for the Saturday, May 12 grand tour of five glorious Lamorinda gardens!  Go to to get information about purchasing tickets to “Artful Gardens”. 


Musicians in Concert Benefit on May 5

What if a bunch of musicians got together to play jazz, with the proceeds going to help underprivileged kids?  What if it was an amazing funk band playing a 90 minute tribute to Tower of Power trumpeter Mic Gillette (who coached so many Lafayette students)?  Sounds good to us!  Tickets for the inaugural MIC benefit fundraising show, taking place on May 5 at the Veterans Memorial Building, are now on sale at MIC is a new 501(c)3 public charity whose goal is to raise money for educational scholarships to help needy and underfunded Bay Area school music programs and individual music students with limited resources. Go to to purchase tickets for the May 5 benefit.   A no host bar will be provided and the food truck "Taste of Cali" will have some great food available as well.


Donate Your Books Here

The Friends Corner Book Shop is once again accepting donations  -- but they must be placed inside grey cabinets in garage.  Look for them, please!  The stacks and stacks of books left out in the garage were deemed to be a fire hazard.


This Week at the Library

To see what’s happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center this week, click  Support your Library - Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop, corner of 1st St. & Golden Gate Way! 


Poetry for the Week

We race toward the mounds of gravel, the morning star met with its wanderer.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski


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