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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:04/13/2018 3:46 PM


The Weekly Roundup

April 13, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


All Hail Don Jenkins, Citizen of the Year

Don’t even try to buy a ticket for tonight’s dinner at the Park Hotel because it’s sold out!  Too many people want to be there to honor Don Jenkins, this fine man who was a founding member of the Lafayette Community Foundation; was part of the fundraising team that made the California Shakespeare Festival in Orinda; is a member of the Sunrise Rotarians, where he served as both Rotary president and national advisor to the Rotary Foundation; was a founding member of the Lamorinda Village; and is active with the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church and was a founding trustee. There’s hardly a corner of Lamorinda that hasn’t been touched by Don Jenkins, and this honor that he will receive tonight is richly deserved and too long in coming.


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Fire Station 16 Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Thursday, April 11, Mayor Don Tatzin joined a host of neighborhood residents and local dignitaries, including District II Supervisor Candace Andersen, Con Fire Chief Jeff Carman, and others, in a groundbreaking ceremony for what will soon be the most advanced fire station to serve Lafayette. The new Station 16 replaces the one that was closed in 2012.   In his remarks, Mayor Tatzin said, "the beautiful countryside that surrounds us is flammable -- explosively flammable in the wrong conditions." He added, "Fortunately, we are served by a dedicated fire-fighting force, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The rebuilding and staffing of Station 16 increase the chances that a fire can be stopped before it becomes a conflagration. Station 16 makes us safer." Mayor Tatzin also noted, "We know that the most calls for service will be medical issues. For some life-threatening conditions, fast response is vital for survival. We know that Station 16 will provide faster response times for Western Lafayette than we have now. Station 16 makes us safer and lives will be saved."  Chief Carman assured neighborhood residents that he would help minimize any inconvenience the construction of the station might cause. And with reference to the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma, Chief Carman noted that the $3.4 million station is strategically located in northwestern Lafayette to better protect the neighborhood, with its combination of residential construction, hilly terrain and heavy vegetation, from the threat of wildfires.


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Notes from Chief Ben Alldritt

I would like to start by thanking everyone for the warm welcome I have received over the last three weeks.  I am grateful to have been selected as your new Chief of Police. Each person I have had the privilege to meet has made me feel a part of the community.

I want to take this opportunity to update you on a couple of recent cases that your police department has been working on.  Currently there is an apparent hoax email threat that has been sent to our local school districts and to others throughout the United States.  The email threatens violence on an unnamed school. There is no indication that this is a credible threat. The e-mail did not target a specific school, person, date or time. As mentioned, the exact same e-mail was sent to a number of school districts in California and in the UK.  Preliminary investigations show that this email was sent by an international hacking group. The information has been sent to the regional federal and state cyber task force.  This information is being shared to let our community know that NO credible threat has been made.  The Lafayette Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will continue to monitor and look into the incident, as a matter of safety for our entire community.

At 2:45AM this morning, a Burton Valley resident reported three people inside her car that was parked in the driveway. Officers from Lafayette and Moraga immediately responded and two subjects were immediately detained in the front yard.   With other suspects still outstanding, officers conducted a yard to yard search and located the third suspect.  A vehicle was found nearby and towed for evidence and processing. The car appeared to have additional 496 stolen items inside.  As of this writing, six additional victims have been identified, with more still being counted.  If you believe you were a victim of theft or vandalism and you have not made a police report please contact us through our non-emergency Dispatch phone number (925) 284-5010.

On Tuesday at 12:31 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the Glenside Drive area.  A resident immediately called 911 as the subjects were fleeing the area in a vehicle.  Moraga Police officers located the vehicle as it entered their town.  A pursuit was initiated and went into the Canyon area.  The suspect vehicle collided with a concrete barrier near the Canyon Post Office and both suspects were detained by Moraga, Lafayette, and Orinda Police Officers.  Both suspects are from Oakland and currently on probation.  They were both arrested and charged with multiple offenses related to the residential burglary, pursuit, and probation violations. 

The results of these cases are great examples of the cooperative efforts between Lafayette citizens, local law enforcement agencies, and the Lafayette Police Department. I want to thank our citizens for being vigilant and immediately calling 911.  I look forward to serving the City of Lafayette and partnering with our residents in keeping Lafayette a wonderful community to live.


Tech & Trails or Trails, there’s an app for that  

Spring has sprung and it’s time to hit the trails!  Download these apps to enhance your trail experience. 

AllTrails: Hike Bike & Run

Turn your phone into a GPS activity tracker so you don’t get lost.  You can download PDF maps of Lafayette neighborhood trails or EBRPD trails and follow them with ALLTrails to ensure you are on the right track.    AllTrails will track your distance, elevation change and store photos from your adventures.  This year all twenty EBRPD Trails Challenge trails are available on the AllTrails app.  To find out more about the EBRPD Trails Challenge click here.

PlantSnap: Plant Identification

Have you ever been on a hike and wondered what species that plant, flower or tree was?  Take a picture of that plant, and PlantSnap will tell you what it is in seconds using its robust plant database. We are entering peak season for wildflowers and this app can help you identify the fabulous flora on display.  The native plant garden at the Lafayette Community Center (500 St. Mary’s Road) is a great spot to take this app for a test drive.  The EBRPD also offers downloadable guides to help you enjoy the plethora of poppies and loads lupines in bloom for the spring.

Audubon Birds of California

Audubon’s famous field guide fits in your pocket, plays bird calls, and allows you to track and share your sightings with this mobile field guide app.  Bring along the Audubon Bird Guide: California mobile app, and find out more fun facts Identify 523 species of birds with in-depth descriptions, thousands of professional photographs, range maps, bird songs, and more.  Take this app into the 68 acres of Lafayette Community Park and you may spot Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Humming Birds, Woodpeckers or even a Great Horned Owl!  


Lafayette Youth Commission Food Bank Volunteering!

Several Commissioners from the Lafayette Youth Commission joined up with members from the Orinda Teen Advisory Council to sort food at the Contra Costa Food Bank. Together the group sorted 7,300 lbs. of oranges in two hours! The 200+ boxes of oranges will now go out into the community to those in need. Great job LYC!


Summer Recreation Registration is Open!

It is going to be an AWESOME summer, so don’t wait to register! With so many camps to choose from, they could stretch the galaxy! Check out all the offerings in the Summer rec guide at or stop at the Community Center to pick one up.


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


Life is Fine

I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn't,

So I jumped in and sank.


I came up once and hollered!

I came up twice and cried!

If that water hadn't a-been so cold

I might've sunk and died.


     But it was      Cold in that water!      It was cold!


I took the elevator

Sixteen floors above the ground.

I thought about my baby

And thought I would jump down.


I stood there and I hollered!

I stood there and I cried!

If it hadn't a-been so high

I might've jumped and died.


     But it was      High up there!      It was high!


So since I'm still here livin',

I guess I will live on.

I could've died for love—

But for livin' I was born


Though you may hear me holler,

And you may see me cry—

I'll be dogged, sweet baby,

If you gonna see me die.


     Life is fine!      Fine as wine!      Life is fine!


Langston Hughes


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