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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:08/03/2018 2:58 PM


Friday, August 3, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?

Our 50th Anniversary Celebration: Relive the Party!


And what a great party it was! A beautiful day, a joyous crowd (estimated at 1,000), a fantastic band and – who could forget – mouthwatering barbeque. What could be better? It was our City’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of incorporation.  If you missed the party last Sunday -- or just want to relive it -- check out these photo galleries. As you can see, a good time was had by all.

The Reception:

The Party:

And, whatever you do, you cannot miss these videos:

Thanks to everyone who helped make the day a great success. Find out more about the event, the time capsule and see lots of historic photos and other information about our City’s history here.

The Deadline is Approaching: Council Filing Period for November Elections Is Open Until August 15

Lafayette voters will elect two councilmembers on November 6, 2018. For those interested in running, the nomination period opens on Monday, July 16, 2018, and closes on Friday, August 10, 2018, unless an incumbent does not file, then the period is extended to Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (5pm) for non-incumbents only. Candidates should make an appointment with City Clerk Joanne Robbins 925-284-1968 to pull nomination papers. The City Clerk will walk potential candidates through the filing process and provide materials at this meeting. Candidates must meet the following requirements (1) an elector of the city when he or she assumes office; and (2) a registered voter of the City when nomination papers are issued (Government Code § 36502). You can find more information here.

Twelve Condos Proposed on Lafayette Circle     

Next Monday (see below), the Planning Commission will consider a proposal to build twelve residential condominiums on the site of the former Spruzzo’s restaurant. This site is listed in the City’s Housing Element as an appropriate site for multifamily housing. The proposal also calls for a small live/work space located on the street, a pathway leading to the creek, and public art. Two of the homes will be available at below market rates to moderate-income households. More details can be found here.

Stuart Swiedler is back at the Lafayette Historical Society!

Stu is going to speak on how local walking trails, once railroad rights of ways, came to be. Everyone knows Stu from his previous talks for the Lafayette Historical Society, and they promise this talk will be just as informative and entertaining! Don’t miss it, Sunday, August 12, 2-3pm, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Center (located on the mezzanine floor). There is a donation of $10 requested for LHS members and $15 for non-members. Kids under 14 can come free with paying adult. For more information, contact LHS by email at or call the History Room at (925) 283-1848 with your questions or reservation requests.

A Message from Jenny Staelin, Lamorinda Arts Council Chairperson

We hope you are enjoying a fantastic summer, including some artistic performances or events. Maybe a production by one of our Arts Partners like CalShakes or Town Hall Theatre? Concerts in the park or an art exhibition in San Francisco? Later this month, our Lamorinda Idol Finals will take place at the Orinda Theater on August 19. With some veteran performers and some brand new faces, we expect to enjoy a day filled with inspired performances. We invite you to join us in cheering on our talented young singers. In September, we hope to join in the fun at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival (September 15-16). And in October, we invite you to join us for our annual Art of Mixology craft cocktail competition. In the meantime, our Arts Partners are kicking off new events of their own, details below. You can find out much more on the Lamorinda Arts Council website.

"Surreal" at The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Through September 1.


The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is pleased to present "Surreal," which opened August 2, featuring the work of Bay Area artist Tom Gehrig. The exhibit will also include works by Catherine Moore, Carol Aust, and sculpture by Southern California artist Emily Maddigan. In times when truth is stranger than fiction, and the daily news feels surreal, we look to art for understanding and perspective. Viewers will be delighted by this engaging exhibit of work, a tribute to surreal art. The exhibit is on view through September 1, 2018. For more information, visit the gallery’s Website:

California Shakespeare Theater’s West Coast Premiere of Everybody Now through August 5

A sparkling new riff on the 15th-century morality play The Summoning of Everyman by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whom the New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers." A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Everybody is Cal Shakes’ second official offering under the New Classics Initiative (NCI), exploring what it means to be a classical theater in the 21st century, and to allow living writers to expand our classical canon. Directed by Nataki Garrett making her Cal Shakes debut, Everybody plays now through August 5 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Tickets (ranging from $20‐$92) are available through the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or by visiting

Meet Greg Travers, Maintenance Supervisor


Greg is Lafayette’s parks maintenance supervisor, caring for the city parks, trails and open spaces and has been with the city since March of 2005. He is, in essence, a one-man parks department, calling in contractors for larger tasks when needed. Away from work he loves the sport of bocce ball and is commissioner of the Martinez Bocce Federation, the nation’s largest; Greg hopes to bring the sport to Lafayette someday.

Lamorinda CERT’s Large Animal Rescue Program

Jim Breuner, besides being a CERT instructor, is a member of a large animal rescue team. He will speak about the challenges and methods of rescuing animals (both large and small) from dangerous situations. He will also cover preparing for disasters and evacuating with your animals. The program takes place Monday evening, August 13, at 7pm, in in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library. Find out more here.

BART Safety Tips

With all the news about crime on BART, the transit system has some tips to help keep you safe while traveling on BART: 

  • Download the free BART Watch App: it lets you send a private text to BART police dispatch.
  • Know your train car number: it’s located above the doors on each end.
  • Secure or hold your phone, laptop, or purse tightly when waiting on a platform or near train car doors while on trains, especially as doors open.
  • Be aware of surroundings and avoid looking distracted, especially while standing near stairs, escalators, and train doors and anywhere suspects can make a quick exit.
  • Don’t sleep on board train cars.
  • The Train Operator is in the first train car; it’s a great place to sit if you are traveling alone.
  • If something makes you feel uncomfortable, move to another train car. 

Stop the (Mosquito) Invasion: Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District


The West Nile virus is already endemic in Contra Costa County. What we do not want are new mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, or Yellow Fever viruses here in Contra Costa County. And right now, these mosquitoes are only two counties away, so the time is now to get the word out on how to prevent these new invasive mosquitoes. Please help stop this Mosquito invasion and let others know what they can do to control the mosquitos. Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District’s new campaign, “Fight the NEW Bite,” will help. Stop the Invasion by visiting their new website here.   

Bicyclist Killed on Reliez Valley Road

We end on a tragic note, with the passing of Martin Nelis, the City of Pleasant Hill’s Public Information Officer, who died in a collision with a truck yesterday, August 2. Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin issued this statement concerning the incident:

Yesterday there was a fatal collision on Reliez Valley Road involving a colleague from the City of Pleasant Hill, Martin Nelis. Mr. Nelis served as that city's Public Information Officer. While details of the incident are not fully known at this time, I understand that Mr. Nelis was riding a bicycle southbound on Reliez Valley Road and became involved in a collision with a truck between Gloria Terrace and Withers Avenue in Lafayette. Our thoughts are with Mr. Nelis' family and the staff and citizens of the City of Pleasant Hill. Further questions concerning the investigation of this tragic accident should be directed to the Lafayette Police Department at (925)283-3680.

Monday’s Public Meeting

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 meeting is: 

  • The Planning Commission, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here

Topic of the Week


AB 2923 will remove local zoning and land use authority on BART-owned land within ½ mile of a station and allow BART to develop the land. Cities would have little to no say on how the housing is zoned and BART would be allowed to develop buildings that are a minimum of five stories in height.  The City of Lafayette is opposed to the bill. You can read more about AB 2923, including Mayor Tatzin’s opposition letters here.

AB 2923 has generated a lot of discussion on Nextdoor. Our question this week: Do you support or oppose AB 2923? You can register your opinion on Lafayette Listens here.

Photo of the Week

City Manager Steven Falk took this photo of a perfect leaf on a Lafayette sidewalk. Do you have a photo you’d like us to feature? If so, please send it to Lafayette’s Communication Analyst, Jeff Heyman, at

Poem of the Week

The Leaves 

The leaves had a wonderful frolic.
They danced to the wind's loud song.
They whirled, and they floated, and scampered.
 They circled and flew along.

The moon saw the little leaves dancing.
Each looked like a small brown bird.
The man in the moon smiled and listened.
 And this is the song he heard.

The North Wind is calling, is calling,
 And we must whirl round and round,
And then, when our dancing is ended,
 We'll make a warm quilt for the ground.



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.

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