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Post Date:10/18/2018 3:55 PM


Friday, October 19, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Yesterday Was the Great American ShakeOut: Here’s What Lafayette Staff Did to Prepare for the Big One

Exactly at 10:18am on Thursday, 10/18/18, the Big One struck. Well, maybe not exactly the Big One, and maybe not exactly a real earthquake, but City of Lafayette staff, the Police Department, Contra Costa Fire, the Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Lamorinda CERT crew all gathered at the Veterans Memorial and practiced their trembler-response skills. It was the Great American ShakeOut Lafayette style. As amateur radio hams set up emergency communications links, Police Chief Ben Alldritt, assisted by ConFire, led City Staff through a harrowing hour-plus scenario of what might happen to Lafayette if an earthquake stuck along the Hayward Fault. An Emergency Operations Center was quickly set up and, following ICS protocol ( ICS stands for Incident Command System), staff proceed to respond to all manner of post-quake “injects,” including gas leaks, fires along Happy Valley Road, flooding downtown, cracks in the reservoir damn, evacuations and downed powerlines.  All-in-all, the City survived and there were important lessons learned by the emergency operations crew that will aid us when the real thing happens – which, unfortunately, it probably will one of these days. Since social media plays a big role in emergency communications, Lafayette’s ShakeOut was documented in real time on Instagram. You can check it out here.


Town of Moraga’s Bollinger Valley Project Update


Last Monday, October 15, the Town of Moraga Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to consider the Revised Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for a proposed residential development in Moraga of 126 single-family homes and 25 accessory dwelling units on 186.33 acres known as “Bollinger Valley.” After more than four hours of discussion, the Town of Moraga Planning Commission decided to continue this matter to a second hearing on Thursday, October 18. As Moraga’s project has potential impacts on residents of the City of Lafayette, those interested in following Moraga’s review process are encouraged to visit their project web page here for more information. Concurrently, Lafayette staff will provide comments on Moraga’s project FEIR to the Lafayette City Council at its regular meeting on Monday, October 22. Staff will request that Lafayette City Council forward any comments it has on the project to Moraga’s Town Council.


Not to be Missed: The Downtown Workshop is this Monday Evening

We love retail in our Downtown. And don’t forget the second in our continuing Downtown Workshop series at Monday’s City Council in the Community Hall at the Library and Learning Center. Learn the latest from a four-person panel of local business owners who 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 workshop will begin at 6pm.


Trick or Treat Street: Friday, October 26, 4pm-6pm, Downtown Lafayette

For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat 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. Recommended for children age 9 and under. Don’t forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag!


Reminder: 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 special hours for all ages: Not Too Scary - 5:-6:45pm - $3 per person; and Very Scary – 7:30pm-9:00pm - $5 per person. Tickets on sale now at


Meet Komal Agarwal, Our Intern in the Planning Department

Komal recently joined the Planning team at City of Lafayette as an Intern. She is very passionate about community engagement and is delighted to be a part of a city that focuses on its values. Prior to joining Lafayette, she worked as a Project and Policy Manager with San Francisco Beautiful and at various departments at the City of Los Angeles. Komal holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s in Architecture (Urban Design) from CEPT, India. Currently, Komal lives in Pleasanton with her food-loving husband, two year-old artist and four-legged furry attention seeker. Komal volunteers as a Director of her community HOA and likes to listen to Bollywood music.


Saying Thanks: LPIE Business Partner Appreciation Event

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) invites you to its annual Business Partner Reception on Thursday, October 25, from 4:30-6pm at the LPIE offices, 3450 Golden Gate Way. Enjoy treats and live music. LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette's six public schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School, and Acalanes High School. All are welcome. Whether you are a current Business Partner, donate to our events or want to know how you can support LPIE, please join them and support education! RSVP by October 20th to


Get These on Your Calendar: Lafayette Chamber Events

Come enjoy a Chamber coffee with Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk & Communications Analyst Jeff Heyman on Friday, October 26, 8-9am, at the Lafayette City Offices, 3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Room 265. And don’t forget to put on your calendar the Chamber mixer at Lafayette Police Station, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., on Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30-7pm. If you missed the Police Department Open House earlier this year, now is your chance to take a tour!


Road Closures: 26th Annual Reservoir Run This Sunday, October 21

Speaking of the Chamber, don’t forget the Res Run for Education on Sunday. And make sure you take note of street closures for this event (leave the car home, and strap on those running shoes). The roads the course is run on will be closed from 7:00am to 11:00am (may vary depending on conditions) on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Course runs on Mt. Diablo Blvd. between Moraga Road and Lafayette Reservoir. Mt. Diablo East Bound will be closed at Paulson Court (Oakwood Athletic Club will be accessible) to Moraga Road. Mt. Diablo Westbound will be closed at Moraga Road to Paulson Court. One lane on Mt. Diablo’s Northside between Happy Valley Road and El Nido Ranch Road will be open Westbound for local traffic with minimal delays. One lane on Mt. Diablo’s Southside will be open Eastbound from Village Center to Mt. View Road for local traffic with minimal delays during peak periods of race traffic. You will not be allowed to cross over Mt. Diablo must use coned detour lanes. You can always visit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce website for event details here:


Read All About It: Happenings at the Library


Founded in 1993 by Sam Coronado, the Serie Project envisioned a workshop where underrepresented artists could benefit from collaboration and learn the serigraphy technique, a print technique also known as screen-printing or silkscreen. Come to the library and enjoy WOW Graphicos-Contemporary Latino Prints from the Serie Project on Wednesday, November 14, from 2-3pm, in the Community Hall. In the last two decades the organization has fostered over 250 artists from different professional levels and ethnic backgrounds, who together have produced a rare and special collection of serigraphs.  Find out more about the event here and don’t forget: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"


EBMUD: Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail Detour November 2018 to Fall 2019

EBMUD plans to conduct needed upgrades at the Rheem Reservoir, located off of the Lafayette Reservoir’s Rim Trail and Rheem Blvd. The project will include replacement of the existing roof, recoating the tank’s interior, installation of safety stairs, replacement of the drinking fountain and electrical improvements. This project will allow EBMUD to maintain high-quality drinking water by updating the reservoir to current standards and improve water service reliability in the Lafayette area. On November 1, 2018, a portion of the Rim Trail will be inaccessible and a detour will be located at Canyon Trail and Rheem Trail allowing visitors to complete a full loop around the Reservoir. This is to ensure the safety of hikers, bikers and pets during construction. The full Rim Trail is anticipated to be reopened by EBMUD in Fall 2019 and the project will be completed in Winter 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Horn, EBMUD Community Affairs, at 510-287-2053 or


Rescheduled: PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Informational Webinar

PG&E informed us that they will be rescheduling the informational webinar that was scheduled for this past week. The webinar is now planned for Wednesday, October 24, from 10:30am to noon. Click this link to access the webinar.


Poll Workers Needed – Do Your Civic Duty!

The City of Lafayette is encouraging any and all of our civic-minded residents to volunteer to be poll workers on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. What more fun could you possibly have than to help voters cast their ballots and shape our society? We would love to get some new, enthusiastic residents out at polling places to help their neighbors exercise their right to vote. If you’re interesting, please sign up below ASAP so that everyone can attend training with ample time to get ready for Election Day. Get a unique first-hand glimpse into the democratic process and serve the community by contacting the Contra Costa County Elections Division here: If you have any questions, call Paul Burgarino, Community Education and Engagement Specialist for the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department, at (925) 335-7805. Oh, did we mention that Volunteers receive a $125 stipend for the day? Also, remember you can bring your ballot to the Lafayette City Offices during normal business hours right up through Election Day.


Monday’s Public Meetings

Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette with most meetings held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are: 

  • The City Council, beginning with a workshop at 6pm in the Community Hall (see above), with the public meeting starting 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.


Make Your Voice Heard: Comment on Monday’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: comment by noon on Monday, October 22, 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!


Photo for the Week

Poem for the Week

Nature, Poem 28: Autumn

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

-Emily Dickinson


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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