The Weekly Roundup
Friday, October 5, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Ace Was on a Mission: Cleaning Up Lafayette Community Park and a Missed Lunch
Recently, the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Department has received complaints about an upswing in off-leash dogs and pet waste in Community Park and at Leigh Creekside Park. One day recently, our Director of Parks, Trails & Recreation, Ace Katayanagi, instead of taking lunch, decided to take a hike in Lafayette Community Park. He grabbed his bucket, put on some gloves, and – wait for it – five gallons and 21 lbs. later, he came back with, not surprisingly no appetite for lunch.
First, the bad news: Houston, we have a problem. Some park visitors need to be reminded to bring bags and pick up after their pups. Now, the good news: Thanks to Ace’s selfless efforts, we have a fresh start; he walked almost every trail and scooped almost all the poop. Along the way, he noted to himself that it did seem like most park visitors follow the rules and pick up after their pups. He may have gotten 5 gallons that lonely day, but park maintenance staff takes away trash cans full of pet waste every week, so keep up the good work everyone! Here are a few ways you can help:
- Please remember to bring bags and always pick up after your pups.
- Keep your dogs on leash. It’s the law and it keeps them from leaving waste where you cannot see them.
- If you see off-leash pups please talk to your neighbors but be please be friendly. You can tell them the tale of the poor PTR Director that had to carry 21 lbs. of dog poop from Rohrer Drive back to the Community Center and never got to eat the sandwich his lovely wife made for him.
But there are even more reasons to keep your pups on-leash: The most important of which might just be inherent in Lafayette’s semi-rural natural setting: coyotes. Yep, they are out day and night. They are very present in the parks. Park staff had to clean up deer remains on the field earlier this week, so the danger to our furry friends is real. And, remember, it’s the law. Animal Control and Lafayette PD visit the parks and may issue you a citation. Then there is equestrian safety. Our hounds need to be controlled around horses on the trail for their safety and the safety of the riders. We won’t even mention ticks – that’s another story entirely.
We all love Lafayette and we all love our parks, so please pitch in and pick up after your leashed pups. By the way, there is a happy ending to Ace’s woeful tale: A Lafayette resident and parent of two Lafayette Youth Commissioners, Christina Goddard, brought him a sandwich for lunch later in the week to make up for his lost meal. Now, that’s community spirit!
Let’s Talk about AB 2923’s Passage and What It Means for Lafayette
Now that AB 2923 will become law on January 1, 2019, there is talk around town about just what the passage of this Transit-Oriented Development bill will mean for Lafayette. At this juncture, we really don’t know for sure what will happen – and we certainly don’t want to trade in speculation. We will, however, pass on information about BART’s plans for the Lafayette station’s parking lots as soon as we learn some definitive news. One thing is certain, and that is the form that the law will take come January, thanks to the hard work of Lafayette’s citizens, Mayor Don Tatzin and Vice Mayor Cam Burks, is, in our opinion, a more reasonable way for a small city like ours to address the Bay Area’s housing crisis. On Monday, Mayor Tatzin put out this statement on AB 2923 becoming Law:
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2923, the Transit-Oriented Development Bill sponsored by Assembly Members David Chiu (San Francisco) and Timothy Grayson (Concord).
The City of Lafayette opposed AB 2923 not because we wished to limit housing development, but because the Bill will likely result in reduced parking at our BART station and, more importantly, because it will remove local control over zoning and development, which we believe is unconstitutional.
The City of Lafayette – which incorporated in 1968 when residents sought to have their own say on zoning and housing development – has built or approved over 300 multifamily units since 2006. We have worked to address the housing crisis facing the Bay Area and California. Now that AB 2923 will become law, the City looks forward to working closely and collaboratively with the Bay Area Rapid Transit District on its Access Plan and transit-oriented development on land it owns adjacent to the Lafayette BART Station.
Get Social With Our New ‘Connect With Us’ Page
We know you’re out on social media – we see that iPhone in your hand! And now so is the City of Lafayette. Come visit us on all the usual social media sites, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Nextdoor, and, of course, Instagram. You’ll find the latest events and news about the City, great photos and videos of things happening around town. Speaking of photos, did you know we have a photo gallery of pictures and videos of life in Lafayette? You can find everything from scenic views, celebrations, performances, City Council meetings, awards and even historic photos uploaded by residents. Best of all, you can download any of the photos and send them to family members or share them on social media – don’t forget to tag #lovelafayette when you do! You can find out everything you need to know about our social media on the City’s new Connect With Us page right here: lovelafayette.org/connect.
Just What Is the Story With that Parking Lot?
Way down on the East End, you may have noticed a parking lot project near the ACE hardware store. Well, that is an EBMUD construction project that is part of and land exchange agreement involving the old Diablo Vista Pumping plant located at 3305 Mt. Diablo Blvd that will result in a new parking lot for the City. We spoke to EBMUD’s project manager recently and he provided us with the following what we might call “rough” schedule for the month:
- Week of 10-1 – Forming and pouring new concrete curbs and retaining curb in the parking lot
- Week of 10-8 – Trench to the median on Mount Diablo Boulevard to connect to the existing electrical and irrigation system
- Weeks of 10-15 and 10-22 – Additional concrete work including new parking lot entrance and sidewalk
- Week of 10-29 – Paving the Parking lot
This schedule can and will likely change as we enter the rainy season and for the best information, or if you have issues related to EMBUD’s project, please contact them. In the meantime, EBMUD just issued this week an announcement that there will be eastbound lane closures on Mt. Diablo Blvd., from Tuesday, October 9 through Friday, October 19. EBMUD’s contractor will trench across eastbound Mt. Diablo Blvd. as part of the construction of the new parking lot. EBMUD asks that you please heed “no parking” and traffic control signage and use caution when driving through active construction areas. The work hours will be 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Work hours may be modified based on traffic conditions. For further information, visit www.ebmud.com/about-us/construction-my-neighborhood/diablo-vista-pumping-plant-replacement/. Outside of normal business hours, call 1-866-403-2683
Meet Brianne Reyes, Our Contract Planner
Brianne is a contract planner for the City of Lafayette Planning Department who assists with processing various development applications. She has been working as a Planning Associate for Michael Baker International for about three years, and in Lafayette for six months. She graduated from UC Riverside with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and is extremely passionate about sustainability and public health of the community. Brianne was born and raised in San Diego and moved to the Bay Area this past March. As a new Bay Area resident, Brianne has grown to love every part of northern California and has especially felt welcomed at the City of Lafayette. She really enjoys that Lafayette staff are so helpful and that they keep so many treats stocked in the break room! Make sure to say hi to Brianne the next time you stop by the Planning Counter.
Be Scared (a Little or a Lot) – Lafayette Youth Commission’s 15th Annual Haunted House
Come explore the Haunted Laboratory, but beware of the evil scientist and watch out for the spooky experiments being done inside. It’ll be open for your chilling thrills October 27 & 28 (Saturday & Sunday), with these, let’s say special hours for all ages:
- Not Too Scary - 5:00pm-6:45pm - $3 per person
- Very Scary – 7:30pm-9:00pm - $5 per person
Come by and you might just meet the St. Mary’s Gaels Men’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball! Tickets on sale now at www.lafayetterec.org
Couples Counseling? This Halloween Be Married by a Ghost or Goblin Instead
Speaking of the spooky season, have you ever thought about being married by a fictional character or maybe a ghost or goblin? If so, you can probably skip couples counseling. Why? Because now Contra Costa County will give you that opportunity this Halloween as the Clerk-Recorder is once again offering couples the unique experience of having their Halloween wedding officiated by a costumed staff member. Past costumes have included witches, pirates, zombies, Disney princesses, fairy tale lasses, historical figures and many more. In addition to the unique officiant option, one of the ceremony rooms will be decorated and there will be some holiday-themed decor inside the office. The Clerk-Recorder staff will have some other tricks and treats for visitors as well. Deputy commissioners in classic robes will also be available to perform ceremonies. Holidays such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day and unique numerological dates, such as December 13, 2014 (12/13/14) tend to increase the number of ceremonies, which start at 8:30 am and are held until 3:30 pm. To make a wedding appointment or for more information, visit them at http://www.contracostacore.us/.
The Lafayette Historical Society Speaker Series: “The Bay Miwok Saklan in Lafayette”
James M. “Doc” Hales will tell us how the Bay Miwok Saklan Native Americans made use of edible, medicinal, ceremonial, and plentiful plants and wildlife in their Lafayette and Walnut Creek villages. James will bring his mini-museum of artifacts to his presentation. Doc Hale is a renowned wildlife biologist in the East Bay and 1968 graduate of Acalanes High School. His biography is rich and varied. He has conducted field research throughout California, the western United States, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico. James lectures and leads natural and cultural history interpretive field trips throughout California. He has been Vice President of Friends of the Creeks since its inception in 1990. Read much more about Doc Hale here. Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 2pm. in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Community Hall. Donation Requested: $10 LHS members; $15 non-members – Kids under 14 free with paying adult. For questions or reservations please call (925) 283-1848 or email Lafayette.History@comcast.net.
Want to Help a Shelter Animal But Can’t Adopt? You Can Always Eat Pizza
Round Table Pizza will be hosting a Dine & Donate event benefitting the CCAS (Contra Costa Animal Services) Benefit Fund. Round Table will donate 15% of ALL sales (dine-in & take out, not including alcohol) from people who reference the promotion between 11:30am-9:30pm, on Thursday, October 25. The participating Round Table Pizza parlors are 504 Center Ave., Martinez, 2960 Treat Blvd., Concord and 629 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville. Be sure to mention the promotion (bring a flyer or show the flyer on your smartphone) and feel free to share with family and friends. Our shelter pets thank you for your support.
Read All About It: Happenings at the Library & Learning Center
What about an afternoon of great music, dancing, BBQ, and FUN. Three terrific groups starting with Quake City Jug Band, a veteran jug band with snare drum, tap dancing, accordion, vocal harmonies, and feather boas, followed by The Stevens Sisters, an all-female barbershop quartet made of 2 sets of sisters, and finishing with Dirty Cello, blues, bluegrass, and rock cello like you've never heard. It is the Library’s Little Fall Music Fest, on Saturday, October 13, from 2– 5pm, in the exquisite Community Hall.
We live in a digital age — how do we protect ourselves and our information from cybercrime? Learn the basics of online privacy and security, and find resources to go even further. Find out all about internet privacy and security on Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30 – 8pm, in the Library’s Arts & Science Discovery Center. This event is hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international non-profit digital rights group based in San Francisco.
Find out more about both events at www.lllcf.org and don’t forget: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
Support Lafayette Rotary and Enjoy a Day on the Links
The Lafayette Rotary Golf Classic at the Moraga Country Club is sponsored by Lafayette Rotary and will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018. Registration will open at 10am with use of the driving range. The event will begin at 12pm with a shotgun start and a box lunch. Proceeds from The Lafayette Rotary Golf Classic are used to support a variety of charities in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. The tournament concludes at 4:30pm and participants can join us for cocktails and then dinner. Register here!
Can You Hear Me Now? Lamorinda CERT’s Great Shakeout Communications Review
Join your CERT team on Monday evening, October 8, at 7pm, in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library, to prepare for The Great California ShakeOut. The ShakeOut, a nationwide emergency drill, will be at 10:18am, on October 18th. Dennis Rein, Emergency Coordinator for Lamorinda, will lead this meeting and will discuss plans for the ShakeOut. This year's focus is on communications. How are we going to get information following a major earthquake and how are we going to get information back to the Emergency Operations Center so they can know the situation in the neighborhoods? We'll cover neighbor-to-neighbor radio as well as neighborhood-to-city center radio.
Tomorrow, Come Shop for a Good Cause – The Juniors Rummage Sale
It's time for the Lafayette Juniors 25th Annual Rummage Sale! Pre-loved designer clothes, baby and kids’ clothes, toys, furniture, home goods, and much more will be for sale this Saturday, October 6th from 8am - 2pm at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 40 Knox Drive in Lafayette. Get in ahead of the crowds by paying a special $5 per adult Early Bird Entrance Fee from 7am-8am. All of the Rummage Sale proceeds will go to the Juniors 2018-2019 beneficiaries: MISSSEY (helping sexually exploited youth), Family Harvest Fund, Family Support Services, Family Violence Law Center, Community Violence Solutions, and Elderly Wish Foundation.
And Don’t Forget Saturday’s Citywide Garage Sale!
If you just can’t help yourself and love garage sales, tomorrow is your day. It’s the citywide Lafayette super garage sale! The fun is one day only and that is tomorrow, Saturday the 6th with over 15 yard sales taking place throughout town. Find all the garage sale address here. Have a blast and remember to bring small change!
Join the SunShares Community For a Renewable Energy Webinar
If you haven't already, be sure to reserve your spot to learn more about how to make the switch to solar energy, own an electric vehicle and receive discounts. SunShares is a community program making it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase that EV you’ve always dreamed about. SunShares offers a 15% discount on solar installation with pre-vetted solar providers. And, you can still take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Last year, SunShares helped over 200 homes install over 1 Megawatt of solar! Is 2018 your year to switch to solar?? If you think so, join BC3 for the SunShares Workshop, Wednesday, October 10, from Noon to 1pm. Reserve your spot and receive dial-in instructions at: https://sunshareswebinaroctober.eventbrite.com
White Horse Youth Chorale Performing at Tuesday’s Lafayette City Council Meeting
Don't miss this special performance by the Meher Schools' White Horse Youth Chorale prior to the Lafayette City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 9 (see details below). The recital begins at 6:30pm in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center's Community Hall and is free and open to all. The Chorale will be performing these pieces: When Every Heart Shall Beat, As One Friendship, Whether or Not Work and Play, Sparkle Is Your Smile, Learning to Work Together, Rejoice, and Seasons of Love. Most of the songs are original compositions written specifically for the school, except, of course, Seasons of Love, which is from the hit musical Rent.
The White Horse Youth Chorale consists of 15 third-through-fifth graders who share their singing gifts with others in joyful choreographed performances. The chorale’s repertoire is based on a collection of original songs written especially for the school that celebrate the universal themes of kindness and respect for all creation. The White Horse Youth Chorale has delighted audiences in San Francisco on Union Square and at Grace Cathedral, at International Day of Peace and Special Olympics events, at Broadway Plaza and Rossmoor, and at convalescent homes, among their many venues. Founded in 1975, The Meher Schools is a private preschool and K–5 elementary school whose students receive a high-quality education with a strong infusion of the arts and learn to live the values of harmony, compassion, and service to others.
This Tuesday’s Public Meetings
Usually, Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. But this week, we celebrate Columbus Day on Monday so the City’s open meetings will be held on Tuesday, October 9, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Tuesday’s public meetings are:
- The City Council, beginning with a closed session at 5:45pm, in the Community Hall. There will be a performance at 6:30pm (see above) and the public meeting will start at 7pm. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- 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.
- Neighborhood Meeting/Workshop: Merriewood Drive Halloween Closure, 6 -6:45pm, at the Lafayette Community Center, Sequoia Room, 500 Saint Mary's Road, Lafayette, California 94549
Comment on Tuesday's City Council Agenda
The best way to let your views be known on issues facing the City is through Lafayette Listens, our online public engagement site. Comment on any agenda item using Lafayette Listens and others can see and support your stance on key issues. View the entire agenda and comment here. Please comment by noon on Tuesday the 9th, so that we can provide your views to the Council for consideration at their meeting. Thank you for your participation in Lafayette’s public meetings!
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Quote for the Week
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
-Mahatma Gandhi, In honor of his 149th birthday this past week.
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