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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:11/02/2018 2:51 PM


Friday, November 2, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


There’s a New Name in Town for the Circulation Commission

Have you heard? The Circulation Commission is now called the Transportation & Circulation Commission. Yep, that’s right. On September 24, the City Council adopted new administrative regulations (what some of us might call a charter) for this Commission. Here we are 30 days hence, and the new regulations have come into effect, including the new name. The new title is intended to make the Commission’s purpose more obvious to the public (“Transportation”) while also retaining familiarity to long-time residents (“Circulation”). The essential Commission duties also remain familiar, albeit with some procedural streamlining. Already, suggestions for nicknames are rolling in, including the “T&C Commission,” “Transport & Circ,” or just plain old “TCC.” Let us know if you have any ideas for a nickname for the new Transportation & Circulation Commission.


PG&E Exposed Pipeline Replacement Project

As part of PG&E’s efforts to ensure the ongoing safety of the gas transmission pipelines serving the Lafayette community, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company will be replacing a segment of exposed pipeline along the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail. PG&E is working with the East Bay Regional Park District and the to finalize plans for this project, which includes replacing approximately 150 feet of pipeline between Hawthorne Drive and Reliez Station Road. According to PG&E, work is scheduled to begin Monday, November 5, and will take approximately six weeks to complete. During this period, there will be partial trail closures during the work, with a detour along Beechwood Drive. PG&E has said that nine trees will need to be removed as part of this safety project. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact PG&E local customer outreach specialist Julian Lacson at (925) 459-8097 or


This Month: Reception at the Veterans to Honor Our Outgoing Officials

Join the City of Lafayette in honoring the local officials who have served our community for many years. On top of speeches, merriment of all kinds, and photo-ops, there will be light hors-d'oeuvres and a no-host bar at the ready.  Please no gifts, however donations can be made to LPIE and the Gift of Green (MCE) to honor these civil servants: Steven Falk, Teresa Gerringer, David Gerson, Don Tatzin, Richard Whitmore and Rachel Zinn. Put this on your calendar in ink: Tuesday, November 27, 5:30pm to 8pm, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center 3780 Mount Diablo Boulevard. The reception is open to everyone! Join us in paying tribute to our local officials by RSVPing now right here.


Lafayette Youth Commission Thanks All Who Bravely Visited the Haunted Laboratory

Haunted House Thank You

It was an awesome weekend at the LYC's 15th annual Haunted House, which this year was actually a haunted laboratory. We’d like to thank each of 2,000 guests who ambled the lab’s halls for their continued support in the Lafayette Youth Commission. The LYC looks forward to offering more opportunities for youth in our community! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter @itsthelyc. If you want to be scared you can watch these videos: Saturday Night Very Scary Video &Sunday Night Very Scary Video.


What is Halloween at the City Offices?

Alex Trebek made a visit to Lafayette this week. In fact, the host of TV’s long-running game show Jeopardy! visited the Lafayette City Offices in multiple forms this Halloween. It’s been an age-old tradition for the City’s Planning Department each year to transform the otherwise staid offices into some Halloween wonderland or another. And this Halloween they did not disappoint. Citizens, visitors and others – unidentifiable beneath their costumes – all had a chance to play Jeopardy! with creatively-imagined Alex Trebek lookalikes. Oh, and there was a costume contest too. To see all the fun, visit our Halloween gallery here.  


Reminder: November 7 Park Theater Revival Meeting

The next meeting of the Park Theater Revival Group will be held at City Offices on Wednesday, November 7, from 7:30-9pm. At the meeting, the group, led by Mayor Don Tatzin, will go over a number of issues, including new information, the status of any other options to accept a density transfer, obtaining a structural condition review of the building and other options.  Come join the group and help revive our iconic theater. No films will be shown, but there will be popcorn served.


Mixer at Lafayette Police Station Wednesday


Join the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette for a Special Mixer at the Lafayette Police Station, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, on Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30-7pm. If you missed the Open House earlier this year, now is your chance to take a tour, meet with the Chief, our officers, and staff. It’s a great new headquarters for our police force. Don’t miss this special event and tour of Lafayette’s Police Station. Learn more here.


Meet Payal Bhagat, Senior Planner

The City’s Senior Planner is Payal Bhagat, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on urban design and environmental issues. With 14 years of planning experience working on long-range/current planning projects and acting as staff liaison to several committees/commissions in the cities of Fremont, Santa Clara, and Mountain View. She has worked for the City of Lafayette for the past two years and says she is delighted and grateful to work with such a talented group of people and for a community that is so involved in the decision-making process. When not knee deep in planning issues, Payal enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors. Of course, she also finds time to go hiking, swimming, stand-up paddling, and volunteering at local food banks and community fundraisers and events. Plus, she loves to cook. No wonder she’s so busy! Say hello to Payal next time you’re at the City Offices.


There’s an App for That: Lamorinda CERT on Technologies for Disasters


On Monday evening, November 5, 2018, at 7pm, in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library, Rick Palmer will present an update to his tremendously well-received presentation "Emerging Technologies in Disaster Response and Recovery." Just in case you didn’t hear, technology is changing the way emergency managers and responders deal with all types of disasters. From robotics to orbiting satellites, these technologies are becoming more and more sophisticated. The presentation will cover how these specialized technologies work, how they are used, what they do and why they are important. Rick has an impressive background: He was the President of Contra Costa VOAD ("Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters") and has been active in Red Cross for many years. Not only that, but Rick was a partner in a business specializing in manufacturing components for the aerospace industry and scientific instruments. He worked with NASA to provide components for the Apollo missions and spent the last 24 years in the robotics industry. This presentation is not to be missed. Register now right here.


Sustainable Lafayette: Urban Farmers' Lamorinda Harvests

Let's not forget those whose access to fresh fruit is more limited. The Urban Farmers' last two Lamorinda harvests of 2018 take place on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. You can register your trees if they still have fruit, or become a volunteer picker. The Urban Farmers make sure that the East Bay's backyard fruit doesn't go to waste. Learn more here.


Early Diagnosis Foundation Frozen Turkey Donation

Frozen Turkeys

The Early Diagnosis Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Lafayette, is providing a frozen Turkey donation for anyone who needs a Thanksgiving turkey or knows someone who does in order to enjoy the holiday. Early Diagnosis Foundation is inviting people who are in need a turkey – or know someone who is – to pick up their turkey on November 20th, two days before Thanksgiving, at the Lucas Ranch HOA Gallery, 1010 Oak Hill Road, Lafayette, from 3-7pm. They can also make arrangements to deliver turkeys if needed. The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lucas Ranch HOA Gallery, and Woehrle Development are proud supporters of this Early Diagnosis Foundation event. Donations are tax deductible.  Contact Ariana Fort at 925-330-6865, or to participate.


Lamorinda Moms 21st Annual Preschool Fair at the Oakwood Athletic Club

It is the 21st Annual Lamorinda Moms Preschool Fair! Teachers from over 30 local preschools are ready to talk with you about teaching philosophies, child to teacher ratios, pricing, and more! Find out everything you need to know to attend the fair right here:


Read All About It: Happenings at the Library

Don’t miss the Folk Art Workshops this Wednesday on Straw Figures. It will be held on November 7, from 1-3pm, in the Arts & Science Discovery Center at the Lafayette Library and learning center. Intricate designs and figures made from straw have been found around the world. Learn to weave and braid your own straw figures in this workshop led by local folk art teacher Evie Michon. Designed for children in 3rd grade all the way up to older adults, you can find out more and to register for this event, please click here.

Book Sale

And, yes, this weekend is the Friends Book Sale! That’s right, this Saturday, November 3, from 9am to 5pm at the Friends Corner Book Shop, you can shop for all the books you could imagine – on sale! You’ll want to take advantage of some great deals on some great finds at this Saturday’s sale. Find the shop at the corner of First St. and Golden Gate Way.


This Monday’s Public Meetings

Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. The City’s open meetings will be held on Monday, November 5, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are: 

  • The Planning Commission, beginning at 7pm in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here
  • The Transportation & Circulation Commission, beginning at 7pm in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.


Photo for the Week

Decsions Decisions

Decisions, decisions: Jonathan “Ace” Katayanagi, the City’s Director of Parks, Trails & Recreation, studies the Voter Handbook while in his Halloween costume which features campaign signs for each of the five candidates running for two Lafayette City Council seats. Don’t forget to vote for your choice on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.


Quote for the Week

Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between people, and their beliefs - in religion, literature, colleges and schools- democracy in all public and private life. 

-Walt Whitman


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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