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The Weekly Roundup

Post Date:02/08/2019 1:50 PM


Friday, February 8, 2019 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Mayor’s Weekly Message

In this week's message, Mayor Burks talks with Terry Black, Chair of the Senior Services Commission, regarding Lafayette's upcoming age-friendly community kickoff event on Feb. 20. You can watch Cam’s message here.   

As we’ve mentioned in past Roundups, the Age-Friendly Community Kickoff on Feb. 20 will be held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. The discussion will focus on the “Eight Domains of Livability,” which represents the backbone of this initiative. Terry and the entire Senior Services Commission has really shown leadership in one of the City’s primary objectives for 2019, to develop and implement a strategy to broaden senior community inclusion in Lafayette. Join them at the kickoff. You can read a flier about the event here.

Also, please join Cam tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9-10am, at the Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery, next to the Lafayette Post Office and Trader Joe’s, for another “Coffee with the Mayor.” Mayor Burks is eager to chat about anything and everything, and he loves this fantastic restaurant/cafe run by terrific local folks – a true Lafayette establishment!


Council to Consider Naming Ridge in Honor of Former Mayor Mark Mitchell

Join the Lafayette City Council on Monday as it considers naming a ridge in honor of former Mayor Mark Mitchell, who passed away last year. Council Members will consider a resolution to name a local ridge in honor of Mark Mitchell for his contributions and dedication to protecting ridgelines and open spaces as a Planning Commissioner, Lafayette City Council Member and former Mayor. 

"Mitchell Ridge" runs up Sweet Drive and down Solana Court. Join the community in this historic event. The peak of the ridge (starred in the above graphic) would be around elevation 663’ in the vicinity of Doreen Way. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center (see details below).


Acalanes High Chamber Singers Council Meeting Performance on Monday


You simply cannot miss this very special performance at Monday’s City Council meeting. The Chamber Singers are one of two auditioned ensembles at Acalanes High School, and they have performed in England, Switzerland, France, Canada and Mexico. They sing a wide repertoire of music ranging from Renaissance to Pop and new music and are known for their tone and professionalism. So much so, that many members from past groups are now professional singers. The Singers consistently place in the top five at the NorCal Golden State Choir Competition and have received unanimous superior ratings at the Napa Valley Choral Classic Invitational for the past 15 years. Come listen to what promises to be a beautiful and inspiring performance. For more information about the Chamber Singers, contact Bruce Lengacher, Director of Choral Activities, CMEA Bay Section President, Acalanes/Las Lomas High Schools at


Mayor’s State of the City Address

It was sold out. In spite of the rain, everyone was there at the Lafayette Park Hotel for the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year dinner honoring Terry Ring. It is also the traditional venue for the Mayor’s annual State of the City Address. Now, through the magic of digital video technology, we are pleased to bring you in its entirety Mayor Cam Burks’s State of the City, which is on the City of Lafayette's YouTube channel here. If you want to see more, check out photos of the evening on the City’s photo gallery right here.  


PG&E’s Wildfire Prevention Plans  

PG&E, as part of the utility’s enhanced wildfire safety efforts, will be conducting accelerated inspections in Lafayette of transmission towers and poles in areas at higher risk of wildfire. This, PG&E tells the City, will lead to possible vegetation clearing, repairs and potential replacements. These new efforts by PG&E were implemented following recent wildfires in California as additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risk. The City understands that this work is mandated and needs to be completed by July. 

PG&E notes that in some cases there are repairs that have already been identified and it is now scheduling that work. Inspections are expected to continue throughout the next few months. If any issues are found during the accelerated inspections that pose an immediate risk to public safety, PG&E will take action right away to address them. For all other repairs, they will take steps to bundle the work to minimize customer impact, where possible. If any permits are needed, PG&E will be working with the City’s Public Works staff to discuss the process and coordinate its work.


Coming Soon to Your Home: It's Lafayette Vistas


It’s here. Or more precisely, it’s at the post office. On its way to your home is the Winter 2019 issue of Lafayette Vistas, the City’s award-winning quarterly magazine. In this edition, we are featuring a tribute to late Council Member Mark Mitchell, a story on the Park Theater Friends group, and you get to meet our Interim City Manager and the Acting Planning Director. We also offer up a feature on sustainability in Lafayette, some advice on handling winter storms and ask folks what they want to see in a new City Manager. In addition to the snail mail edition (and what’s the matter with good, old-fashioned paper anyway?), we’ll be posting Lafayette Vistas to our website soon. Happy reading! 


California Premiere of Brooklyn Bridge at Town Hall Theatre


Next up in Town Hall Theatre 2018-19 “Lost & Found” Season is the California Premiere of Melissa James Gibson’s Brooklyn Bridge, a play full of heart and humor for the whole family. The show will have 12 performances, including two previews, February 28 through March 23, 2019, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at There is also an Opening Night gala and other events planned. Check out their website for all the fun – and get your tickets now!


Deadline Tonight at Midnight for the 16th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

Do it now! All high school students living in or attending school in Moraga, Orinda or Lafayette and/or attending the Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School can enter in this unique competition. Artwork must be created while the student attends high school (9-12 grade). The competition features cash awards, merit citations and a month long public exhibit of all entries at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Register NOW with this link by February 8th at midnight. The 2019 exhibit runs from February 14 through March 14. Detailed information regarding the registration form, important dates, hanging instructions and more can be found at The Artists and Awards Reception will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 7-8:30pm at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. This is a free event, open to the public. Please join in and celebrate our young artists!


The Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Anne Raeff & Lori Ostlund

Come down to the Lafayette Library & Learning Center on Tuesday, February 26, from 7-8:30 pm, in the Don Tatzin Community Hall to join two award-winning authors, Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, for an engaging conversation about all aspects of their writing, including what it’s like to be part of a writing couple. Simpson Family Literary Project Chair Joseph Di Prisco moderates the conversation. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. Remember: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"


Chamber 2.0: 10 Ways to Use Online Tools to Leverage Your Chamber Membership

Let’s face it: If you are a Lafayette Chamber of Commerce member, you probably want to grow your business, right? But, as a busy business person you don’t have time to go to all the networking events every month, and even if you do, maybe you want to get more out of those efforts -- and faster! The key nowadays is to leverage those traditional Chamber of Commerce networking opportunities with online tools. In this workshop, led by local Chiropractor and Chamber Board President Dr. Christina Alba, pictured, you’ll learn the top ten simple ways to do that. It’s easier than you think - promise! All workshops in the Social Media Strategies for Local Business workshop series are FREE and open to the public, but space is limited to 40 seats! Register now here.


This Week’s Public Meetings 

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

  • The City Council, Monday, Feb. 11, beginning at 6:30pm, in the Don Tatzin Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
  • The Design Review Commission, Monday, Feb. 11, at 7pm, in the Arts & Science Discovery Room. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reporters here.


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: Please comment by noon on Monday the 11th, 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!


City Council Meetings Now Streamed Live


Want to make sure you see every minute of every City Council meeting? You can watch the meetings live on YouTube and also review archived videos of the Council in action. Check out videos of the meetings on the City’s YouTube channel right here:


Photo for the Week

The view this week from atop the soon-to-be-named Mitchell Ridge.


Quote for the Week

There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.

-Washington Irving


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