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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:05/04/2018 5:08 PM


The Weekly Roundup

May 4, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


 utility box wrap

Utility Box Wraps Come to Lafayette!

Lafayette’s first utility box wraps are here!  The first wraps were installed on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 on the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Lafayette Circle.  The colorful wraps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Lafayette and feature elementary student art work and logos submitted by high school students to Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE).  Many thanks to our student artists, Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), the Public Art Committee and City Council for supporting this project.  Look for more wraps to be installed in the downtown over the next several weeks!  

Ben Alldritt Photo 

Notes from Chief Alldritt:  Update on What’s Going On

Happy Friday! Here are a few things that have been going on at the Lafayette Police Department that I thought you might be interested in: 

  • On Sunday, April 29th at 9A, Lafayette officers were alerted by one of the Automated License Plate Readers (those black trucks parked at each end of the downtown) about a suspicious vehicle.  When officers located the vehicle and made an enforcement stop at the 76 Gas Station, the driver had a 9mm handgun in between his legs.  He was arrested on numerous charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm, possession of burglary tools, and a probation violation.   An interesting side note:  Officers discovered that the suspect had a gunshot wound on his lower leg that allegedly was self-inflicted and occurred the day before when he was at home.  Dude needs to take a gun safety class; too bad they don’t offer those in jail.  I would like to thank Reserve Officer Brightbill for coming in and escorting the suspect to the hospital, then the jail.  Lafayette is fortunate to have several committed Reserve Officers that serve the community on their own time.
  • On Wednesday, May 2, at 11A, an armed suspect committed a robbery at the Citibank in Orinda.  Lafayette detectives assisted Orinda PD and identified the suspect as Valentino Luchin of Lafayette, who was then arrested in the parking lot of the Oakwood Athletic Club and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for robbery.  Luchin is a well-known chef whose Walnut Creek restaurant, Ottavio, went belly up a few years ago.

As all cities do, Lafayette experiences crimes of opportunity and we had a few lately.  The following are just two examples.

  • On Friday, April 27th, a subject stole a purse while the citizen was loading her vehicle on Mt. Diablo Blvd.  Officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect.  The purse and most of the contents were located and returned.
  • On Saturday, April 28th, a citizen left their vehicle running while they ran inside their residence to retrieve something and came back out in time so see their vehicle driving away in the area of Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.  The vehicle was later located by Oakland PD.

Lafayette is a safe town, but there are always individuals looking to take advantage.  Please remain aware of your surroundings and report suspicious circumstances to the Police Department.


Lafayette Circulation Commission Seeks Feedback About Whether to Pursue RVR Traffic Calming Solutions

At the direction of City Council, the Lafayette Circulation Commission is tasked with conducting public outreach along the Reliez Valley Road corridor to gauge whether there is community support to form a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) and pursue traffic calming solutions, as described in the Lafayette Traffic Calming Guidebook.   To gather feedback, the Commission created a public web-based survey. Initially, this survey launched in March 2018, but received only a small feedback sample. In an effort to reach a wider audience, the Commission is now re-releasing the survey which will remain open through May 31, 2018.  Interested participants may access the survey by clicking HERE. The survey link will also be posted to the City website at the PHR/RVR “Hot Topics” page.  For questions about this survey, you may contact the staff liaison to the Commission, Transportation Planner, James Hinkamp at or 925.299.3229.


Drink Beer to Support Trails!

Drakes Brewing Company is partnering with the Regional Parks Foundation once again in 2018 with the release of Kick Back IPA! New this year: the beer is available in cans and it will be sold year-round! Be sure to look for it at retail locations throughout California and in pubs and restaurants featuring Drake's beers beginning in May.  A portion of the proceeds from every can, bottle and pint of this delicious, easy going and hop-forward ale will help support trail restoration projects at East Bay Regional Parks. Join the Regional Park Foundation for the beer release at Drake's First Friday Fundraiser to help raise money for regional parks and trails!

  • When: Friday, May 4, 2018, 4-9 p.m.
  • Where: Drake's Brewing Company, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
  • Admission:
  • $5 recommended donation goes directly to benefit Regional Parks Foundation
  • $16 gets you a commemorative glass plus three beers.
  • Additional beers: $4

For more information about this event and East Bay Regional Park District parks and trails visit:


Just who was the Marquis de La Fayette?

Find out on Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center when the Lafayette Historical Society presents an informative program about the man whom after our city is named and who played such an important role in the establishment of our nation.  The speaker, Norm Tuttle, grew up in Lafayette, attended local schools, and returned to live in Lafayette as an adult, serving on the Lafayette City Council and as Mayor.  Please RSVP so the LHS will know you’ll be joining them. Phone (925) 283-1848 or email


French Connection:  The Concert

The award-winning Gold Coast Chamber Players will finish their season with a concert titled French Connection.  This colorful French program features the Piano Quartet #2, op. 45 by Gabriel Faure and piano trios of Lili Boulanger and Maurice Ravel. What makes Ravel’s trio such a masterpiece, besides its immediate sensual appeal, is the blending of both a skillfully crafted structure and the indescribably fresh voice of Ravel and a new musical era. Lili Boulanger was the first woman to win the prestigious Prix de Rome in composition and was undoubtedly influenced by her close family friend Gabriel Faure. Faure’s second piano quartet has been called “tempestuous” with vibrant modal inflections and innovative progressions. Arthur Cohen writes, “It is a cultured music that has a freshness that never stales.”  Tickets are $45 general admission, $40 senior (65+), and $15 for students and include a pre-concert talk by musicologist Kai Christiansen at 7PM (Lafayette only). Purchase online at or by calling (925) 283-3728. Limited seating, please reserve early as these concerts usually sell out.    


Tomorrow Night!  Amazing Funk and Jazz Concert at the Veterans Building

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


The Red Wheelbarrow 



so much depends



a red wheel



glazed with rain



beside the white



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