The Weekly Roundup
Friday, April 12, 2019 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Stepping Down as Lafayette's Mayor, Cam Burks Will Remain on City Council
At the conclusion of this week’s Lafayette City Council meeting, Mayor Cam Burks announced that he would be stepping down as mayor, effective April 20. He will, however, remain on the Council for the rest of his term. Cam, who was first elected to the City Council in 2016, and become Mayor in December, expressed his appreciation to staff for all of their work during his tenure and said he was leaving to devote more time to his family and to a new professional opportunity in the Bay Area.
Mayor Burks said, "Starting this endeavor successfully, along with my primary commitment of being an actively present and supportive dad and husband (the most important value in my life), are absolutely huge." He went on to say, "Our Mayor should be able to commit to the position 100-plus percent (of which my past Mayor colleagues have done so ably), and I just won’t be able to do this given these circumstances."
Cam added, "It has been a sincere honor and a privilege to serve Lafayette — and certainly the most rewarding four months I’ve had in public service." I’m profoundly thankful to my Council Colleagues, City Staff and community for the unbelievable support (and fun!). I intend to remain fully engaged and will complete my term as a Councilmember through 2020."
You can watch Mayor Burks's statement on the City of Lafayette's YouTube channel here.
Interview with Donn Black, Our City’s First Mayor
As part of last year's 50th anniversary of the City's incorporation, we interviewed Donn Black, Lafayette's first mayor who passed away at the age of 88 in March. With his passing, we decided to present our full interview with him. If you are a history buff or are simply interested in the origins of our town, this is a must-see. Donn, a wonderful, committed Lafayette "Communitarian," gives us an eyewitness account of what went into making Lafayette the city we all love. You can watch our interview with Donn on the City's YouTube channel here.
Density Bonus Demystified
Everyone is cordially invited to attend a training session about the sometimes confusing practice known as Density Bonus. This session will go into what exactly is a Density Bonus, and the State and local laws concerning how it is carried out. This training, which is open to the public, is scheduled for April 22, from 6-7 pm, in the Don Tatzin Community Hall. After the session, the City Council and the Design Review Commission would hold their regular public meetings. To learn more about Density Bonuses, check out these Density Bonus ordinance and State law links: City of Lafayette Density Bonus Ordinance and State of California Density Bonus Law.
The City’s New Monthly Column in the Lafayette Sun
We’re excited about the City’s new monthly column which was published this week on the East Bay Times website and is in print today in the Lamorinda Sun. “Around Lafayette” features tales from all around our beautiful, semi-rural town, which is why, eh, the column is called "Around Lafayette." The first edition contains an introduction by Jeff Heyman, the City’s Communications Analyst who writes the column (pictured), and stories about the recent Springhill evacuation exercise and the Lafayette Police Department’s annual report. And please let Jeff know if you have any ideas for the column! Just in case you haven’t already seen it, you can read the first column here.
Save the Date: Mitchell Ridge Plaque Ceremony
Please mark your calendars for May 18, at 4pm, for the dedication ceremony of a plaque naming Mitchell Ridge in honor of our late Mayor and Councilmember Mark Mitchell, who passed away last November. The plaque will be placed at the corner of Carlyle Terrace and Sweet Drive. More details will be forthcoming, but we look forward to seeing you at the ceremony on May 18.
Watershed Network and Creek Day
This week, Jeff Gilman, Vice-Chair of the Lafayette Creeks Committee, participated in “Watershed Day at the Capitol,” an annual event sponsored by the non-profit California Watershed Network. The morning program featured a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, and networking with other creek and watershed groups. In the afternoon, the group met with local representatives’ staff, including Senator Glazer, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (pictured, in red), and others. Check out the photo: Jeff is in the middle with the blue shirt and white beard, and the other folks are members of the Walnut Creek Watershed Council (in which Lafayette participates) and Contra Costa Resource Conservation District. Speaking of watersheds, don’t forget that Lafayette’s annual Creek Day is coming up soon on April 27. We’ll be publicizing it, but you can read more about Creek Day here. And the Creeks Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, April 16, with a working session at Brook Street Park, 3562 Brook St., Lafayette, followed by the meeting at Lafayette City Offices, Conference Room 265, 3675 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, at 7pm.
Lafayette Community Foundation Major Donor Reception and Excellence Grants Ceremony
The Lafayette Community Foundation’s annual Major Donor and Excellence Grants Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at Locanda Positano. They are looking forward to thanking Major Donors for their generous support as well as distributing Excellence Grants to non-profits that are doing important work in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for our Major Donors to meet the leaders of these organizations and hear first-hand how their contributions make a difference. For more details, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.lafayettecf.org.
From Danville to Lafayette: It’s Lemon’s Grand Opening
Lemon was established in November 2017 with the goal to have an amazing gift shop featuring high-quality items, organic baby/spa items, gifts people really want to give and get and to carry local California items. The first location was in Danville, and now a second store is coming to Lafayette. Join the grand opening on April 23! The shop is located at 3539 Plaza Way, and you can find out more here: LemonGiftShop.com. Make sure you tell Sara that we sent you.
Interested in Participating in Local Government?
Our Supervisor, Candace Andersen, is looking for interested, motivated residents to serve on a few Contra Costa County citizen advisory boards. These volunteer boards usually meet monthly and advise the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues. They play a vital role in county government, and the input provided is invaluable. Applications are currently being accepted from residents of District 2, which includes Alamo, Canyon, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Parkmead, Rossmoor, San Ramon, Saranap, and Walnut Creek (West of N. Main Street), for the following:
- Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board
- Mental Health Commission
- Contra Costa Sustainability Commission
Read All About It: Events at the Library
Get ready, you master gardeners, it’s all about pomegranates on Thursday, April 18, from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the Library and Learning Center’s Homework Center Room. Join UC Master Gardener Bonnie Brookhart as she takes gardeners through the fascinating story of pomegranates. Learn their history and the many ways you can enjoy growing this delicious fruit in your own yard. For more information on this and all the great programs at the Library, click here. Remember: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
Caffeine! Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Philz Coffee
Philz Coffee began in the Mission District of San Francisco in the back room of a corner store. What started out as a passion project has blossomed into a labor of love. Philz’s Lafayette store carries on the traditional brewing style that Phil himself perfected, offering individually crafted cups of coffee prepared just the way you like them. Their mission is to Better People's Days, so come in and let Shellie and her team better yours! Join this Chamber mixer on Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-7pm, 3597 Mt. Diablo Blvd. You can register here.
Monday’s Public Meetings
Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette, but there are also meetings throughout the week. Unless otherwise noted, public meetings are held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. To view all of the week’s public meetings please visit our full calendar.
- The Planning Commission, Monday, April 15, 7pm, in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- Traffic Congestion & Improving Mobility Strategy (Objective 5) Subcommittee, Monday, April 15, 5pm, in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- Support for Local Businesses and Downtown Vibrancy (Objective 4) Subcommittee, Monday, April 15, 7pm, City Offices, Conference Room 240, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Read the agenda here.
Photo for the Week
Donn Black, Lafayette’s first mayor, who died last month at the age of 88, is shown (in white shirt) with former mayors Robert Fisher, Don Tatzin and Anne Gordin, in this photo from the City’s 50th Anniversary of Incorporation celebration on July 29, 2018. Read above about his interview on the beginnings of the City of Lafayette.
Quote for the Week
Winning the election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. Okay, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor.
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