The Weekly Roundup
Friday, January 4, 2019 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Special Meeting to Fill City Council Vacancy
2019 is going to be a great year in Lafayette. And to start things off, the City Council will be holding a special meeting next week to fill the vacant seat left by the untimely death of Council member Mark Mitchell. The applications are in, the deadline has passed. The special meeting will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 5pm, in the City Offices Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Suite 265, Lafayette, California 94549. You can find the meeting agenda here. Councilmember Candidate interviews will begin at 6pm and follow this schedule:
6:00 – Mark Dunaway
6:30 – Carl Anduri
7:00 – David Clark
7:30 – Lon Light
8:00 – Ivor Samson
8:30 – Bob McClain
9:00 – Steven Bliss
9:30 – Rambabu Yarlagadda
The new Councilmember will be seated at the Council’s first meeting of the New Year on January 14, 2019.
Lafayette’s Age-Friendly Community Initiative Kickoff
The City of Lafayette Senior Services Commission is proud to present an AARP/World Health Organization Age-Friendly Community Initiative kickoff meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 10am to Noon, in the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd.
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, and, as many of us know, with the population aging and people staying healthy and active longer, communities like Lafayette must adapt to these changes. Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents of all ages. Members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities become part of a global network of communities – over 1,000 and growing – that are committed to giving older residents the opportunity to live rewarding, productive and safe lives.
The Eight Domains of Livability that form the backbone of the initiative are Outdoor Spaces and Buildings; Transportation; Housing; Social Participation; Respect and Social Inclusion; Civic Participation and Employment; Communication and Information; and Community and Health Services. Each of these domains will be discussed at the meeting and focus conducted groups for each will be held at a later date after the kickoff. And, most, importantly, refreshments will be served. Come by and join us!
School Active Shooter Training for Our PD
Our Lafayette Police Department hosted an Active Threat Exercise on January 2, 2019, at Stanley Middle School. In attendance were Lafayette PD, Orinda PD, Moraga PD, Moraga-Orinda Fire, ConFire, AMR, and State Department. The participation was great. Attending were Acalanes Superintendent Dr. John Nickerson, Acalanes Principal Travis Bell, Miramonte Associate Principal Nick Carpenter, Stanley Principal Betsy Balmat, and Happy Valley Principal Shayna Peeff. There were also over 30 volunteers who assisted and were instrumental in the success of the training. The focus was on neutralizing the threat on a school campus, immediately providing medical aid to the injured, and getting Fire/Medical personnel into the site as quickly as possible to triage victims. It is nice to know that our police department takes these situations seriously and trains regularly to ensure the safety of Lafayette’s schools.
Pop-up Idea Stems from Downtown Workshop
Here’s one great outcome of the downtown workshops that the City hosted last year: Art gallery owner Jennifer Perlmutter is working with property owner Steve Cortese to open a pop-up art and cultural hub in the temporarily vacant Wells Fargo building (some of us remember it as the World Savings building) at Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road. Kudos go out to Vice Mayor Mike Anderson for coming up with the idea! There will be meetings soon with local artists as well as the Chamber of Commerce to help with some logistics. We will keep you in the loop, but in the meantime check out this webpage for more details.
Lafayette’s Business Person of the Year: It’s the Wizard of Lafayette, Terry Ring
When Toto pulls back the curtain and reveals the Wizard of Oz, we are confused. It is not the person we thought it was. And when we realize who it really is, we are even more impressed by his or her importance. This year we do pay attention to the man behind the curtain. The guy who without recognition has done so many great things for our community while running a very successful construction company for decades. Terry Ring is not only an amazing community volunteer, he is an IRON MAN. The Iron Man team is the group of volunteers behind the curtains at the annual Art & Wine Festival, doing whatever is needed for the event to be successful. Terry has been helping with so many events over the years with the Lafayette Rotary Club (and Terry is the incoming President), the City, and the Chamber of Commerce where you can find Terry at the starting line of the Res Run for Education instructing the runners on proper running etiquette.
Terry and his crew ultimately built the Rotary Stage at the Reservoir and the new memorial honoring our local fallen sons and daughters who lived in Contra Costa. The new memorial sits out front of the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center. You can celebrate Terry’s contributions by joining a dinner in his honor. The Business Person of the Year dinner will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa on Friday, February 1, 2019. In addition to toasting and roasting Terry, new Mayor Cam Burks will give his first “State of the City” address. Reservations are required.
Help a Foster Child Get Back to Being a Kid
You have the powerful opportunity to impact the life of a vulnerable foster child when you volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Contra Costa County. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with a foster child to ensure that foster children and youth receive needed health, education, and therapeutic services, positive social and recreational opportunities, and consistent support. Learn more. Sign up to attend in-person Informational Session. You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. Get more info here.
Tomorrow: Urban Farmers Community Harvest
Join The Urban Farmers tomorrow, Saturday, January 5, 10am-1pm, in the Springstone School parking lot at 1035 Carol Lane, as they harvest fresh backyard fruit for donation to local soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and the food bank. Typical harvests take about 3 hours and travel no more than 25 miles from the starting location. They provide all the necessary equipment, including buckets, picking-poles, ladders, clippers, and crates. Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions of the day. Come prepared to be outdoors for 4 hours. Other items to consider are water, snacks, hat and sunglasses, gardening gloves, and a brown bag to take some fruit home. To reserve your spot, click here. For other local harvest dates and locations, see theurbanfamers.org.
Go Green: Holiday Tree Recycling Collection Schedule
We have just learned from Republic Services and Recycle Smart the schedule for recycling your Christmas tree (although you probably already know it). Here goes: Your pickup will be on the same day as your regular garbage service but by a separate truck. Lafayette customers should put their trees out the week of January 7–11. If you miss that collection, you can still have the trees picked up the week of January 14–18. But after January 18, you’ll have to cut up your tree and put the pieces in the organics cart; or call (925) 685-4711 for an on-call, organics-only cleanup. Or, of course, you can add the tree to your once-a-year, on-call garbage cleanup.
Remember to remove lights, ornaments, tinsel, and trimmings from branches before placing at curbside, and cut in half all trees that are 8 feet or over in height. Flocked trees can be collected curbside for a fee or be included in your once-a-year on-call garbage cleanup, but must be scheduled in advance. Do not leave stands (whether plastic, metal, or wood) on the tree. Trees with these items still attached cannot be picked up. Rest assured, collected trees will be composted.
Safely Dispose of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals at Local Pharmacies
Anyone in Contra Costa can now find a nearby drop-off kiosk to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or non-prescription drugs by visiting med-project.org. A mail-back service is also now available for people who have disabilities that affect their mobility. These new safe disposal services are made possible by the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance that is in effect in Contra Costa. Our police department also accepts unwanted pharmaceuticals. It’s a new year, please make a resolution to dispose of these meds properly.
Lamorinda CERT Search & Rescue and Patient Packaging Field Exercise
Get real on Monday evening, January 14, 2019, at 7pm, when Lamorinda CERT simulate a real search and rescue at the Moraga Maintenance Yard. The search will be on for three “victims,” all played by mannequins, in the wooded areas of the Yard. When CERT finds the victims, they will “package” them for transport and bring them back to the Command Post, ready for evacuation to medical care. To package these victims CERT will be learning to use backboards, basket litters, fabric litters and, for an infant, carry her to safety. Part of the exercise will be carrying a victim in a basket through a steel culvert. This isn't hard but will take a lot of teamwork. The “baby” will be in a different location and will be crying. A young child will be lost somewhere else and unconscious. There will be experienced mentors working with the rescue teams. If this sounds like your cup of tea, come, learn and experience the thrill of saving a life by rescuing a 'victim' in the woods. Please save this date and tell us you’ll be there by clicking here.
This Week’s Public Meetings
There are lots of public meetings in Lafayette this week. Plan on attending as many as you can and participate in local government!
- City Council Special Meeting, Monday, Jan. 7, beginning at 5pm, at the Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Suite 265, Lafayette, California 94549. You can find the meeting agenda here. (Also, see above.)
- Transportation & Circulation Commission, Monday, Jan. 7, beginning at 7pm, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Art & Science Discovery Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- The Planning Commission, Monday, Jan. 7, beginning at 7pm, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission, Wednesday, Jan. 9, beginning at 7pm, Lafayette Community Center - Sequoia Room, 500 St. Mary's Rd. Lafayette, California 94549. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
Photo for the Week
How sweet it is: The Fall 2018 Citizens Police Academy had this sign put up a couple of days ago. And we thank them for their dedication and offer our congratulations on their successful graduation from the Academy – one of the best sessions in many years.
Quote for the Week
Police officers may drive black and white cars, however what goes on in their job is a lot of gray.
– Arik Matson
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