The Weekly Roundup
Friday, August 10, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
What Do You Think About Saving the Park Theater?
There has been a lot of support shown on social media for saving Lafayette’s Park Theater. But the big question is just how to do it? One of the agenda items on Monday's City Council discusses this very issue. Let us know what you think at Lafayette Listens here. You can also come to the City Council meeting on Monday (see below) to hear what others are saying and learn about proposals for saving our famed Park Theater.
Transit Bill AB 2923 Is Moving Forward: Get Involved Now!
AB 2923 is a bill that would allow BART to control housing development within a half-mile radius of its stations. The City of Lafayette has formally opposed AB 2923. The bill is currently set to be heard on August 13 in the Senate Appropriations Committee. If you feel strongly about this bill, which could have a real effect on downtown Lafayette, we urge you to write members of the Appropriations Committee. We have provided detailed background on the bill, including contact information for key elected officials, on a special webpage. You can also read opposition letters, see videos, review pro and con arguments on AB 2923, including a con argument co-authored by Mayor Don Tatzin, as well as look over important documents concerning the bill. Please visit our AB 2923 page here: http://bit.ly/LafayetteAB2923.
Lafayette Community Foundation’s 10th Annual Senior Symposium
About 200 Lafayette Seniors gathered last week for the 10th Annual Senior Symposium, sponsored by the Lafayette Community Foundation. The Saturday morning event at Acalanes High School was an opportunity for seniors to interact with 40 service providers, and to listen to five interesting speakers. Dr. Alan Brast of John Muir Health talked about "Navigating Life's Challenges." Mayor Don Tatzin discussed the city's partnership with AARP. Deputy District Attorney Jill Henderson spoke about the work of the Elder Abuse Unit for Contra Costa County, and Sgt. Thomas Rossburg from the Lafayette Police Department told seniors how to protect against "Scams and Shams." Also, Anne Ornelas gave an update on the Lamorinda Village. It was an informative and fun event, and a shout out to everyone, including our Senior Services Commission, who made the symposium possible.
Stories About Lafayette's History Told By Those Who Lived It
As part of Lafayette's 50th Anniversary Celebration, a reception was held for longtime residents and former mayors, councilmembers and commissioners. Some amazing stories about Lafayette were told. Watch this 90-minute video and learn all kinds of things about the history of Lafayette that you might not have known: http://bit.ly/50thReceptionHistoryStoriesVideo. You can also watch all seven videos documenting our 50th Anniversary celebration right here: http://bit.ly/50thVideosPlaylist
The Terraces of Lafayette Project Has a New Webpage
As most everyone knows, in 2011, a project known as the Terraces of Lafayette was submitted to the City for review. The application was for 315 moderate-income apartments on a 22-acre parcel located at the southwest corner of Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette. Zoning at that time was for professional offices and multifamily residential units, with a density of up to 35 dwelling units per acre. Then, in December 2013, the developer submitted an alternative project known as Homes at Deer Hill. This alternative was thought to be more in keeping with Lafayette’s semi-rural character and proposed44 single-family homes, a community park with a multi-purpose athletic field, playground, dog park and parking lot.
A lot has happened since: the matter was the subject of litigation and then, in 2018, the City placed a referendum, Measure L, on the June 5, 2018, ballot. Measure L asked residents to vote yes or no on the Homes at Deer Hill Project Alternative. Measure L failed and the approval of the Homes at Deer Hill was reversed. Shortly after the defeat of Measure L, the Developer formally asked the City to resume processing the original 2011 Terraces of Lafayette Project. Processing of the original 2011 application by the City of Lafayette is currently underway. You can read a more detailed history of the project on a new webpage here. We will also be posting documents associated with the project to the webpage soon.
What a Year It’s Been: The Creeks Committee Annual Report
Monday will be the annual joint meeting of the City’s Creeks Committee with the City Council (see details below). And what a year it has been. Here are some of the Creeks Committee’s accomplishments in 2017-18.
- Downtown Creeks Preservation, Restoration and Development Plan adopted by City on October 23, 2017: Worked with consultant and city staff, met with City Commissions/Committees, stakeholders including creek-side property owners, and regulatory agencies to foster Final Draft Plan to Planning Commission and City Council for successful adoption.
- Applied for and received $193,000 grant from East Bay Regional Parks District Measure WW funds: Grant funds will allow implementation of First Street project identified in Downtown Creeks Plan, including viewing areas, creek icon development and installation and LID rain garden.
- Hosted a Creek Cleanup Day on May 20 at Leigh Creekside Park: Collaborated with Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department to plan the event. Coordinated with local Boy Scouts and schools to recruit youth participants.
Come down to the meeting on Monday and hear all the details of the Creeks Committee’s important work preserving our City’s watery treasures.
National Night Out in Lafayette
On Tuesday, August 7, the Lafayette Police Department, joined by Vice Mayor Cam Burks, participated in National Night Out. This year the PD visited three locations that had gatherings, Black Forest Court, Lafayette Pointe and Solana Court. National Night Out is such a great way to meet your neighbors and talk in a casual setting. Next year, our officers hope to visit more neighborhoods to meet even more residents. Please talk to your neighbors about hosting a gathering next year!
Meet Katrina Lapira, Planning Technician
Katrina Lapira is our newest addition to the City’s Planning and Building Department, joining us as a Planning Technician. Prior to coming to Lafayette, Katrina completed her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and worked for a variety of planning organizations throughout Los Angeles, including T.R.U.S.T South Los Angeles and three6ixty. For fun, Katrina enjoys searching for the best boba spots and biking to nearby taquerias—essentially exploring the Bay through food! Only a week into her role, Katrina is excited to check out all the bike trail paths in Lafayette, learn from all the awesome planners on the Team, and get to know more community members! Stop by the counter and say hi to Katrina.
Mixing, Socializing & Lawn Games at the Lafayette Reservoir Tonight!
Now, this is going to be good! Mix it up with some new experiences and Grab a friend to join the Lafayette Chamber Young Professionals for a beautiful summer afternoon at the Lafayette Reservoir. They will be located at the grassy field near the play structures. New people are always welcome! Dogs, too! Tonight, Friday, August 10, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Learn more here.
Teddy Bear Overnight at the Library
Bring along a small stuffed animal and have “beary” fun time helping them zipline in the library! Your cuddly pal will then spend the night in a tent and have many after-hours adventures. Pick up your tired friend anytime on Thursday and see photos of the night before! The Overnight is Wednesday, August 15, 4-5pm in Children's Corner. And don’t forget: "Support your Library...shop at Friends Corner Book Shop."
City Council Election-Five More Days to File
The November 6, 2018, General Municipal Election will fill two seats currently held by Ivor Samson and Don Tatzin. Nomination papers may be obtained from the City Clerk and shall be filed with the City Clerk in person no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, August 10 2018. If one or more incumbents do not file nomination papers by 5:00 pm Friday, August, 10, 2018, the filing period for qualified individuals who are not currently City Council Members will be extended to Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm. Here is a City Council Candidate update as of noon on Friday, August 10::
Nomination Papers Issued
Susan Candell – July 20, 2018
Teresa Gerringer – July 18, 2018
Karen Maggio – July 16, 2018
Robert McClain – August 1, 2018
Ivor Samson – July 20, 2018
David Smith – July 17, 2018
Nomination Papers Filed (Returned)
Teresa Gerringer – August 10, 2018
Karen Maggio – July 24, 2018
Ivor Samson – July 31, 2018
David Smith – July 25, 2018
For further information regarding the candidate filing process, you may contact City Clerk Joanne Robbins (925) 284-1968.
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, beginning at 6:15pm, in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here. If you cannot attend in person, you can provide feedback on any item on the agenda by visiting Lafayette Listens here. Your comments will be provided to Councilmembers prior to the meeting.
- 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.
Topic of the Week: County Proposal for Taylor Boulevard and Reliez Valley Road
One of the items on the City Council’s agenda is by traffic conditions along the Taylor Boulevard/Pleasant Hill Road and Reliez Valley Road corridors and that, on August 14, the County Board of Supervisors will receive a proposal to test time-limited turn restrictions at intersections within their jurisdiction, in addition to one intersection within City of Pleasant Hill.
Lafayette staff understands that this item will be placed on the Supervisors’ Consent Calendar, which means it is recommended for approval without discussion. The signed restrictions would limit certain turn movements in the County unincorporated area and, potentially, at one intersection in Pleasant Hill, on weekday mornings between 7 -8:30am. School buses would be exempted. Lafayette staff is monitoring this County-led effort and has drafted a related an informational status report for City Council review at its August 13 meeting. You can register your comments concerning these corridors at Lafayette Listens right here.
Photo of the Week
Have you visited the latest downtown sensation? Yep, it’s Town Center Climbing Rock, shown here with some fifth-generation Lafayette kids scampering to the top. The rock, located just at the end of the path to BART, includes embossed hand and footholds carved into the rock for climbing and two discovery tactile animals along a "Critter & Crawler" theme. Come down to the rock and bring the kids!
Quote of the Week
Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.
– Greg Child
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