The Weekly Roundup
Friday, October 12, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Back By Popular Demand: Our Second Downtown Workshop
It was an overflow crowd last time we held one. And we are expecting another huge turnout for the second in our continuing Downtown Workshop series at the City Council meeting on Monday, October 22, in the Community Hall at the Library and Learning Center. A four-person panel of local business owners will speak to Council and Planning Commission members regarding the current experience of doing business in Lafayette. The panel includes Larry Blodgett, owner of Blodgett’s Abbey Carpet & Flooring; Jennifer Perlmutter, owner of Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery; Connie Stokes Collier, Vice President of Diablo Foods; and Jack Moore, owner of Metro Lafayette. We are encouraging all members of the community to attend and provide input in the City’s ongoing efforts to improve the downtown. The meeting is slated for 6-7pm, but check back for the start time as we get closer to the date of the meeting.
Are You Ready For Trick or Treat Street?
Speaking of downtown, hundreds of families visit Downtown Lafayette for Trick or Treat Street each year! If you are a business owner, you can entice them with candy or other goodies to visit your shop. If you are a parent, bring your kids in costume and have a blast while supporting local businesses. Join this a fun, safe Halloween event on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Plaza Way to Dewing Ave, Lafayette Circle and in La Fiesta Square from 4-6pm on Friday, October 26. All participating businesses will display a “Trick-or-Treat Poster” and balloons. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don’t forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag. Interested in participating as a local business? Give the Chamber a call ASAP at (925) 284-7404!
Recess with a Cop Begins: What’s All That Stuff on Your Belt?
Lafayette Police Department’s Recess with a Cop program has officially begun. Springhill Elementary was the first stop for our officers, who love spending time with the kids and talking about an assortment of “arresting” topics. Besides the big question about all that stuff that officers carry on their belts, kids wanted to know if it was okay to hit someone if they hit you first (answer: no). Probably the most difficult question the cops faced was this: Is a hotdog a sandwich? (We’ll let you decide.) Crediting parents, the officers remarked on how polite our Lafayette youngsters are. They were tickled with the many kudos they received from the students for making Lafayette such a safe town. Recess with a Cop will be visiting more schools later this fall.
It’s Here: Our Very Own Ballot Box at Lafayette’s City Offices
It was so reassuring the other day when Felix and Benita from the Contra Costa Elections Division (pictured) installed our very own red ballot box at Lafayette’s City Offices. With nearly 400,000 ballots mailed this week to registered voters, voting has begun for the November 2018 General Election! You can save postage and time with this vote-by-mail program, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide are providing convenient Vote By Mail drop off locations, prior to and on Election Day. The secure drop-off boxes have been placed at Contra Costa city halls, the County Administration Building in Martinez and some select community centers and libraries, including at Lafayette's City Offices. You can’t miss this distinguishable ballot box, which is available in Lafayette during normal business hours, 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. (And, please don't leave ballots under the door during non-business hours!) Postage is not required with the drop-off box service. A full list of drop-box locations is available at https://www.cocovote.us/ballot-drop-off/.For more information about voting by mail, call 925-335-7800 or visit the Elections Office website at www.cocovote.us. And remember, you can pick up a copy of the Lafayette Voter’s Guide at the Chamber of Commerce office.
Bollinger Valley Project Final Environmental Impact Report
On Monday, October 15, the Town of Moraga Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the development application and revisions to the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) document for a proposed housing development known as Bollinger Valley. The proposed project is located in Moraga, near the Lafayette border. While the Town retains land use authority over this development application and review process, Lafayette has deemed the proposed project scope and proximity merits focused review of the project environmental analysis. So, as was done for the prior Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) in 2013, the Lafayette Circulation Commission will also meet on October 15 to review FEIR comments and submit their recommendation for transmittal to the City Council. A brief history of this project: In February 2013, the Town released the Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The DEIR evaluated a proposed project and five alternatives. Lafayette formulated comments in response to that DEIR, which the City Council transmitted in an official response letter to the Town in April 2013. In 2017, the Town prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) that incorporated responses to 2013 DEIR comments. However, that environmental document was not acted upon because soon after publication, the development applicant submitted one additional project alternative, which prompted a subsequent revision to the FEIR (Revised FEIR). The Revised FEIR has since completed and on September 14, 2018, the Town released this document for public review. As with the prior DEIR, the issuance of the FEIR (now the Revised FEIR) for the Bollinger Valley Project is a major milestone towards deciding on a zoning designation. Readers wishing to review relevant project environmental documents in greater detail may click here to reach the Town of Moraga’s focused project web page. City staff has also prepared a report to the Lafayette Circulation Commission for review at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, October 15. The latter report is accessible here. The Circulation Commission will review the staff report, take public comment, and forward its recommendations to the City Council for its consideration the following week, on October 22. It is Lafayette staffs' understanding that the Town Council will then consider the matter several weeks hence, on November 14.
Springhill Disaster Preparedness Meeting: Are You Ready?
Get ready on October 17, from 7-8:30pm, during this special safety meeting at Springhill School. Learn about evacuation plans as well as home readiness in case of a disaster. Where would you meet your family? How would you notify relatives of your safety? Do you have the proper rations in your home to possibly last days or even a week or more? Springhill Valley is a precarious locale, with one road in and one road out. Learn how to prepare during this presentation by local and regional safety officials. Residents from all over Lafayette are urged to attend. Presenters include Ben Alldritt, Lafayette’s Police Chief, Duncan Seibert, Director of our Community Emergency Response Team, and Heather Tiernan, Manager of the Contra Costa County Community Warning System. In addition to a Q&A, there will also be an opportunity to register your cell phone number for updated alerts. If you have any questions about this important event, please call Susan Candell, President of Springhill Homeowners, at (925) 639-4321.
From the City’s Environmental Task Force: The Plastics Problem is Big, And Growing
Lafayette’s Environmental Task Force is an advisory body to the City Council on environmental policy for our City. One part of their charter calls for the Task Force to make citizens of Lafayette aware of major environmental issues of our time and to educate residents on policies and proposals concerning the environment that could affect us in Lafayette. The Talks Force notes that most of our plastic recyclables have traditionally been shipped to China. But as of January 2018 this all changed. China reduced what it will accept of the world’s used plastics because of contamination. Plastics are made from fossil fuels, and can leach chemicals into your food (yes even BPA free products!). Plastics cannot be infinitely recycled and, ultimately, end up in landfill or our world’s oceans. Start a journey to zero waste by reducing and reusing before recycling. Opt for items packaged in paper, glass, aluminum or no packaging at all! You can learn more about this important issue by watch this PBS video: Why your recyclables might have no place to go. And learn what you can do here: https://zerowastehome.com/.
Special Sustainable Lafayette Film Event at Town Hall: “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power”
On Tuesday, October 16, Sustainable Lafayette and the Town Hall Theatre are co-hosting a special showing of “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power.” Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. Join them for this reawakening event with a pre-movie reception, free appetizers and treats, an expert panel, and more. The reception starts at 6:30pm, movie at 7pm, Q&A at 8:45pm. More information and tickets can be found here.
Meet Jesse Hammond, Our Planning Intern
Jesse is the new planning intern with the City of Lafayette’s Planning Department. He’ll be tasked with processing applications and assisting with the daily functions of the city planning office. Jesse recently completed a double major at San Francisco State, obtaining a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning as well as Anthropology. He is a Bay Area native and hopes to help build healthy, livable, and inclusive communities. A former communications assistant for SPUR San Francisco, Jesse is passionate about promoting sustainability and community engagement. Jesse would like to thank the City of Lafayette staff for being so helpful and informative, and he looks forward to working with everyone throughout the City.
Tomorrow: Contra Costa County Fire District’s Second Annual Open House
Please join your firefighters for Contra Costa County Fire District’s Second Annual Open House, Saturday, October 13, from 10:30am to 3:30pm, at 2945 Treat Blvd., in Concord. There will be fire safety tips for you and your loved ones, live fire safety demonstrations, fun activities and prizes for the kids of all ages! Some of the things we have in store include live demonstrations of fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, the Jaws of Life, roof ventilation, rappelling, along with displays of our fire boat, our new hazmat unit, and our mobile command center. And we will have our special guest, Sparky the Fire Dog, making appearances during the day. Don’t miss this great event and make sure to thank our firefighters for their hard work projecting us.
PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Informational Webinar
As part of their Community Wildfire Safety Program, PG&E is holding power shutoff webinar on Wednesday, October 17, 10:30am to Noon. You can gain access to the webinar by using this link: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/_pge_~101718. Closed captioning will be available. This webinar is part of precautionary measures that PG&E is putting in place to further reduce wildfire threats. An important component of PG&E’s wildfire safety effort is potentially turning off power, as a last resort, during extreme fire danger conditions. For more information, please contact Deirdre Walke, PG&E ADA Program Manager, by phone at (916) 386-5240, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lafayette Public Art Committee’s Newest Art Exhibit
The Lafayette Public Art Committee welcomes its newest exhibit “Travels with an Artist” by Lafayette resident, Helen Ann Licht. Helen shares her colorful paintings based on her many travels through India and Burma. The exhibit runs through December 31, 2018. Helen is a graduate of Stanford. During her first show at the Lucien Labaudt Gallery in San Francisco, she decided she should learn to draw. That led to her second B.A., with honors, in Studio Art and Art History, from UC Berkeley. She studied with Joan Brown, Karl Kasten, Elmer Bischoff, Jay DeFeo and Lundy Siegriest. Her work has been shown in galleries and universities in the United States and Mexico. A welcome reception is planned for Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6-7:30pm, at the library gallery adjacent to the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The library gallery is open to the public on Monday evenings from 7-9p, and during the many public events at the library. For more information, contact Juliet Hansen at (925) 299-3216.
Gold Coast Players Bringing Their Brand of Chamber Music to Lafayette
The award-winning Gold Coast Chamber Players bring the finest in chamber music to Lafayette. Founded in 1987, GCCP distinguishes itself by its eclectic programming and by providing community access to leading musicians from throughout the world. The second of this season’s concerts, titled Brahms Latitude, will be performed twice, first at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, and then at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont. Dr. Martin Rokeach, provides a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior to each performance. Discounted season tickets are available to both Lafayette and Piedmont concerts. They say that Trio Latitude 41 is a happy meeting of European and American musicians and that listening to their performance is like “overhearing an intimate conversation in someone’s great living room. “Single tickets are $45 general admission, $40 senior (65+), and $15 for students. Discounted season tickets are available. Purchase online at www.gcplayers.org or by calling (925) 283-3728.
Reminding All Runners: 26th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run for Education is October 21
The annual Lafayette Res Run for Education, scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2018, attracts upwards of 4000 people of all ages and athletic ability each year, including hundreds just cheering on the runners, seeing friends and neighbors and enjoying music performed by Stanley Middle School. This community event now celebrating its 26th anniversary, attracts serious runners from across the Bay Area due to the event’s unique combination of small -town feel, beautiful scenery in addition to the fast 5-K race, the challenging 10-K course which includes a trip around the Lafayette Reservoir and a 2 mile Fun Run/Walk. All races start and end at the same location – corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Oak Hill Rd. Get details and register online right here: www.lafayettechamber.org/resrun
Read All About It: Happenings at the Library
Adonal Foyle is a retired basketball player who played thirteen seasons in the NBA, including ten with the Golden State Warriors. He is the author of several books, a national speaker and consultant, TV commentator, and community ambassador. Join the library for a fascinating conversation with him about his sports career, books, and life adventures on Thursday, October 18, from 7-8pm, in the Community Hall. For more information and to register, click here. And don’t forget: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
12 Angry Jurors — An Acalanes DramaDons Production
Experience the Acalanes High School DramaDons' emotionally impactful and mature presentation of 12 Angry Jurors. When a 19-year-old man stands trial for the fatal stabbing of his father, 12 jurors are taken to the bleak jury room to determine the fate of a young man they do not know. What initially appears to be an open-and-shut case, quickly becomes tense scenes of anger before leading to a final verdict. The retelling of this classic runs October 24-27, at 7pm, in the Acalanes High School Little Theater, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette. Tickets are: Students $7, General $12. Get more information at AHSPerformingArts.org.
Discover & Go Offers Free BART Tickets to Select Venues This Fall
The Contra Costa County Library is once again offering free BART tickets for use with Discover & Go reservations from October through December. County residents who are 18 or older can submit a request for BART tickets by clicking on the banner ad on their Discover & Go pass. BART tickets will be mailed to cardholders' homes within five business days of their request. The offer is limited to one request per household (for a $15 BART ticket) and is available while supplies last. This promotion is a partnership between 511 Contra Costa and the library and is intended to encourage the use of public transportation to visit museums. For more information about the program, please contact the Contra Costa County Library at ASK@ccclib.org or (800) 984-4636. The dozens of popular Bay Area venues are valid destinations for this BART ticket promotion. Try 511-Contra Costa's Trip Planner feature to plan your Discover & Go trip!
White Horse Youth Chorale’s Inspirational Performance at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting
The Meher Schools' White Horse Youth Chorale put on an outstanding, and dare we say inspirational performance prior to the Lafayette City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 9. The Chorale performed 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. The White Horse Youth Chorale is the performing chorus of The Meher Schools in Lafayette. It 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 universal themes of kindness and respect for all creation. You can see photos from this very special performance here and a short video of one of their songs here. Watch for more pre-Council performances coming in November and December.
This Monday’s Public Meetings
Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette and this week’s meeting, held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549, are:
- The Planning Commission in the Community Hall will start at 7pm. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- The Circulation Commission, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
Photo for the Week
Poem for the Week
On poem ideas I was running low
So I checked out the local flyer
To the downtown poet store
Just to see what they had on sale
Some of my friends they call me cheap
But why pay full price if you don't have to
On all the rhyming words I need
The front page slapped me in the face
With the Spring Cleaning Sale Galore
Everything I needed was half price
So I headed straight to the store
I ventured up and down the isles
Filling my basket with the best of rhyme
Getting a few extras of every word
So I'd have them when the time was right
I stocked up on love and encouragement
The right words I carefully chose
Because in my experience
You can never have to many of those
I even took a few from the back
Down a darkened isle where the lights were low
Being a poet my mood can rapidly change
And what words I might need you never know
With my basket full of wonder
I felt my day of shopping done
Confidant and ready
To go home and continue writing poems
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