Latest News

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:07/06/2018 1:36 PM


July 6, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Campolindo Fire: Our Police Department Was There

Campo Fire

On July 2, 2018, at approximately 1:5opm, a fire broke out in the area of Buckingham Drive in the Town of Moraga.  Within a few minutes, Moraga Police arrived on scene and advised the fire was fast moving and close to homes.  Lafayette and Orinda Police immediately responded to the area to assist.  Moraga-Orinda Fire Department, along with police, evacuated homes along Buckingham Drive. Traffic control by police allowed fire personnel to quickly access to the site.  In the City of Lafayette, our immediate concern was the potential for the fire to move up the hillside, break the ridge, and potentially affect areas along St. Mary’s Road.  Lafayette Police called in additional resources including, off-duty Police Officers and Reserve Officers.  During this incident, Lafayette Police had seven units in the area of St. Mary’s Road and South Lucille Lane, prepared to conduct evacuations if necessary.

Within minutes of the initial fire call, PG&E and Barnard Construction employees, working on the St. Mary’s Pipeline Replacement Project, began to prepare for a full roadway opening. During this entire incident, one-way traffic control was in place, and emergency vehicles had full access to St. Mary’s Road.  There were approximately 300 feet of open trench and crews worked feverishly to put metal plates in place so the roadway would be fully open in the event of an evacuation.  Since the beginning of the St. Mary’s Road Pipeline Replacement Project, Moraga and Lafayette Police/Fire have had emergency plans in place. The July 2nd fire incident demonstrated the effectiveness of the cooperation between PG&E, Barnard Construction, and Emergency Services in the Lamorinda area. Thank you to ConFire, Moraga-Orinda Fire and CalFire for their quick and effective response! (Photo: NBC Bay Area)


It's Fire Season, Make Sure You Have Nixle Alerts–And, Please Check Your Settings

We’ve written before about how you can get vital information on road closures and emergencies with Nixle. It’s even more important now that fire season is here. You can sign up for a free Nixle Alert account and have up-to-date information sent to you by email and/or text message by visiting the Nixle Website here.  By the way, if you have already subscribed, please check both your Nixle settings and the emergency notifications settings on your phone to make sure you get all alerts.  Also, note that you can click on the short Nixle text messages for more specific information.


Going Away This Summer? Lafayette’s Police Department Provides Free Vacation Checks

The Lafayette Police Department Vacation Home Check program is alive and well.  With summer upon us, we are busier than ever with vacation home checks, which is a good thing!  If you are interested in having us check on your home while you are away please go here to find out more.  This service is provided free of charge.  If you have any questions we can be reached at or give us a call at (925) 283-3680.


Public Art Update: Ursus Redivivus Stands Tall and Dramatic New Light Panels

UrsusLight Panel

Thanks to the City's talented Public Works crew, Ursus Redivivus now has an attractive wooden base which blends with the metal bear and his environs quite nicely. And, thanks to the City of Orinda, we now have an identification plaque for both bear and artist. If you haven’t already, come to see Lafayette's own grizzly bear at 3505 Golden Gate Way! Bring the whole family; Urus is a real kid-pleaser.

Art enthusiasts and residents of all ages will enjoy the newly installed light panels featured at the new Town Center III condominiums located on Mt. Diablo Blvd. at Dewing Ave.  The illuminated light panels, by local artist Ben Trautman, are located behind Panda Express in the covered walkway which links the condominiums to the south entrance of the BART station.  The panels are particularly dramatic at night as they “glow” along the stone wall, guiding pedestrians to Ben Trautman’s tree trunk sculpture “Shadow” and then to the BART station.   The artist shares, “The light panel series reveals the beauty of the tree across many scales and levels of abstraction. The blue in the wall panels emphasizes the idea that trees are full of tubes and structures that move water from the ground and air. These abstract pieces will work in dialogue with the trunk sculpture and the large trees on site.”

Both the light panels and the “Shadow” sculpture were paid for by the condominium developer, KB Home, as part of the City’s 1% for the arts program.  To learn more about this program, or the City’s vibrant Public Art Committee, contact Staff Liaison, Juliet Hansen at


Meet Francine Kuykendall, Public Works Analyst


Francine is one of the newest members of the City of Lafayette’s staff.  She says she loves her role as a Public Works Analyst because of the wide variety of duties, which include jobs such as inspecting complaints and working with contractors to resolve issues in the public right-of-way, as well as providing administrative and analytical support to the department.   She’s a Bay Area native with over 16 years of public agency experience serving local cities.  Her first love is her husband and family, and her greatest joy is being a Nana to her grandsons.  


Happenings at Lafayette Library

Do you want to begin a nature journal or boost your current practice? Join the Lafayette Library and Learning Center for its monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! Journaling opens up a world of beauty and discovery and makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist. Learn the practices that make journaling a lifelong habit and get tips for setting up your own journaling kit. In this class, you will learn a radical new way to draw better birds with fewer lines! Bring a sketchbook, your favorite drawing pencil, and a sharp non-photo blue pencil. All ages and experience levels welcome: Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws (shown above), Wednesday, July 11, from 11am - 12:30pm, Community Hall.

This is one “sweet” event! Learn about the history of honey by exploring the ancient caves of Spain, the mountains of Nepal, and the banks of the Nile in this fun storytelling show. Peek inside a real beehive - Can you spot the queen? All attendees will get to taste some delicious honey. Part of Contra Costa County Library’s Reading Takes You Everywhere summer program: Uncle Jer's Bee Show, Tuesday, July 17, 2pm, Community Hall.

Join the Library for a musical evening of jazz piano with the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society. A variety of performers will play standards and new favorites for your musical pleasure: CCPAS Concert, Jazz Piano, Friday, July 27, 7pm. For more information on this concert and the other great events going on at the Library, go here.


Parking Changes Coming to Lafayette BART Station in July

BART Parking

Two imminent changes are scheduled to occur at the Lafayette BART station as part of the on-going improvements to station access and parking. On Monday, July 9, BART will install a new station identification sign over the main (north side) entrance. This is intended as a single day project that will narrow the pedestrian pathway to the entrance. On the following Monday, July 16, a more significant change will occur: The Deer Hill Road entrance to the parking will be closed indefinitely while they proceed with more work in the parking area. Traffic that normally enters the main drop-off and pick-up area from Deer Hill Road will be re-routed to enter instead on Happy Valley Road. Unfortunately, it is not yet known when the main driveway entrance on Deer Hill Road will re-open, but when the City finds out, we’ll post another update. In the meantime, you may review the traffic detour map and follow project updates by clicking here. Questions and concerns should be directed to BART Customer Service at (510) 464-7134 or online by clicking this link.


This Monday’s Public Meetings

Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. Most of the City’s open meetings are held on Mondays at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are:

  • The City Council, in the Community Hall, beginning at 6pm with a closed session, followed by the regular meeting at 7pm. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here. Before the meeting, at 6:30pm, Town Hall Theatre's Summer Education students, Education Director Madison Gerringer, and Teaching Artist Andrew Mondello, will perform selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Alone in the Universe from Seussical and Song That Goes Like This from Monty Python's Spamalot. This a free event and everyone is invited to attend. 
  • The Design Review Commission, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.


Photo of the Week

Students enrolled in Town Hall Theatre's Summer Education Program will perform prior to Monday’s Lafayette City Council meeting. See above for details. (Photo: Town Hall)


Poem for the Week

Small Shoes 

If there are fewer stars now
than when I was a child,

I can’t say 
which are missing,
who was the last to see them.

Is it not a crime 
unless we call it a crime?

It is difficult to document
a disappearance,
a boat full of stars

Stars lying in the sand

wearing small shoes.
Add that to the report:

some of the stars washed up
in small shoes.

-Maggie Smith


 This weekly summary is prepared by City Manager Steven Falk for the Lafayette City Council, staff, and the Lafayette community.  Do you have thoughts about this week’s Summary or a contribution for next week’s message?  Forward it to him now! Do you have opinions about Lafayette?  Share them at Lafayette Listens!  You can subscribe to The Roundup here.


Return to full list >>