The Weekly Roundup
Friday, May 10, 2019 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Park It: The New East End Parking Lot Opens Monday, Ribbon-Cutting 4:30 p.m.
Join Lafayette residents, Mayor Mike Anderson, Vice Mayor Susan Candell, Councilmembers Steven Bliss, Cam Burks, and Teresa Gerringer, other dignitaries, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and City of Lafayette Officials on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 4:30 pm, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the City’s new East End Parking Lot. The East End Parking Lot will officially open for public use immediately following the ceremony.
Providing fifteen metered parking spaces, and one van-accessible handicap parking space, the East End Parking Lot is the newest addition to Lafayette’s growing public parking stock. Located next to the Ace Hardware store at 3311 Mt. Diablo Blvd, the East End Parking lot was constructed as part of a land exchange agreement between the City of Lafayette and EBMUD.
“The City of Lafayette owes a great debt of gratitude to EBMUD Director John Coleman and General Manager Alex Coate for their flexibility and willingness to make these improvements a part of their pump relocation project,” said Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson. “These additional parking spaces will be well used and much appreciated by the residents of Lafayette,” Mayor Anderson added.
Not only does the East End Parking Lot provide additional parking spaces to serve Lafayette’s East End businesses, but also complies with the latest stormwater pollution prevention standards and Lafayette’s clean water program by incorporating a bio-retention facility that treats runoff, removing potential contaminants that enter our creeks, streams and, ultimately, the Bay.
Also Happening Monday: Corporate Terrace Study Session and Public Hearings
You are cordially invited to attend a City Council and Planning, Design Review, and Transportation and Circulation Commissions joint study session on May 13, 2019, starting at 6 pm in the Don Tatzin Community Hall, to review the conceptual plans for the proposed development of parcels located at 3470 and 3462 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, also known as the Corporate Terrace property.
The joint study session is to discuss the demolition of existing 81,000 square feet of professional and medical offices known as Corporate Terrace to develop 124 for-sale condominiums units and 44 below market rate rental units affordable at low and very-low income households. The proposed buildings will be three and four-stories tall at a maximum height of 45’ with 25 to 40 units in each building. Also proposed are a two-story 10,000 square feet medical office building, and a 1,400 childcare facility, both fronting Mt. Diablo Boulevard. . The applicant intends to submit a density bonus request with the formal application., consistent with the City’s density bonus ordinance.
Council and Commissioners will be reviewing a preliminary design proposal and providing feedback. Since this is only a study session and no application for development has yet been filed, no action will be taken. There will be opportunity for members of the community to provide comments. The study session will start at 6 pm, and will last for 60 minutes. The public can comment on the Corporate Terrace project and review project documentation here at Lafayette Listens: https://www.opentownhall.com/7500.
Two public hearings will also be held at Monday’s City Council meeting. The first is a review of Phase 1 Priority Objective Standards for new multi-family and multi-family mixed-use development in the Downtown Specific Plan Area. On February 11, 2019, the City Council directed staff to develop the standards in two phases, where Phase 1 standards will be adopted in the short term (priority standards), and more detailed, nuanced standards will be adopted later in the year in response to the 2017 Legislative Housing Package adopted by the State. Staff will be introducing the Phase I or Priority Standards to allow the Council and the community an opportunity to provide feedback. The project will be brought back to the Council on May 28, 2019, for final adoption. Comment on Phase 1 at Lafayette Listens: https://www.opentownhall.com/7510.
The second public hearing is on the proposed ban on the sale of Flavored Tobacco Products in the City and the requirement for a tobacco retailer’s license. Councilmembers will consider the creation of a new Chapter in the Municipal Code entitled "Tobacco Retailer Licensing and Restrictions on Sales of Tobacco and Flavored Tobacco." You can also comment on the proposed ordinance and flavored tobacco products on Lafayette Listens by using this link: https://www.opentownhall.com/7395.
Remember, if you cannot attend the study session and the City Council meeting, you can always watch it live on the City of Lafayette's YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/LafayetteYouTube. It will also be archived on the City’s channel so that you can watch any part of the meeting – or the whole thing – on-demand anytime.
Trail Maps! Trail Maps! Trail Maps!
We are proud to announce the launch of the Lamorinda Google Earth Trail Map! To access the interactive, digital trail map download Google Earth on your desktop or mobile device and visit www.LoveLafayette.org/Trails to download the google earth layer from the Lamorinda Trails Challenge table. While you are on the page check out the All Trails Maps from all three Lamorinda cities, Lafayette neighborhood trail maps and the Lamorinda Trails Challenge Guidebook!
EBMUD Joins the Lafayette Homeowners Council For Breakfast. Be There.
Lynn Hiden wants you to know that the Lafayette Homeowners Council has been issued an invitation by EBMUD Board Director John Coleman to join him and General Manager Alex Coate for an informational breakfast at the Lafayette Library’s Don Tatzin Community Hall, Thursday, May 23, 8:30 to 10:30 am The agenda includes networking, coffee (yes!), and light breakfast. Topics to be covered include water supply, environmental protection, investments in infrastructure, financial stability, and customer programs. And don’t worry, there will be ample time for Q and A. Everyone is welcome to attend. In fact, whole families are welcome, Lynn says, just so long as they don't forget to RSVP. Get your seats by RSVPing before Thursday, May 16, to Kathryn Horn, EBMUD Community Affairs, at email@example.com or (510) 287-2053.
What Really Goes on at City Offices? This High School Student Found Out.
This week, Taye Grover, an Acalanes High School Junior, came to City Offices to get a taste of a day in the life of a City employee. Taye sat in on a zoning application hearing and visited various departments to get tips and advice and a glimpse into working in local government. Taye is exploring City Planning as an option for study in college. City of Lafayette Senior Planner Sarah Allen took him under her wing as part of her work at the Contra Costa Leadership Academy, a collaborative effort among local governments in Contra Costa County that works to enhance the skill set of emerging leaders through a 7-month program. As part of her project, Sarah made a 1-minute film featuring Taye, who is a super engaged and impressive student. You can watch their video here.
It’s Dunkball Tomorrow, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at the Community Center
Lafayette Rec’s 3-on-3 Dunkball Tournament will feature lowered hoops for dunking and a lot of fun. The games will take place on the Sports Rink at the Lafayette Community Center at 500 St. Mary's Road. Middle Schoolers are on the court at 12pm, and High Schoolers at 3pm. Winning teams will receive gift cards for local shops! Event sponsored by the Lafayette Youth Commission and supervised by Lafayette Staff. Please fill out this registration form now to register your team!
More Tomorrow: Rotary’s Annual Free Concert at the Res, 11am-3pm,
Join the Rotary Club of Lafayette for an amazing afternoon of free music on the stage at our beautiful and beloved Lafayette Reservoir. The entertainment includes Acalanes High School, Stanley Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School from Oakland, and the Rossmoor Big Band as well as dancers and singers from Lafayette Town Hall Education and the Performing Academy. This annual concert raises money to support local school music programs as well as other Rotary-sponsored programs. Though the stage is a short walk from the parking area, the Rotary Club will be providing golf cart transportation to and from the stage for those who may desire it. Public restrooms and a children’s play area are nearby, and parking is available for $7 all day or at metered spaces. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win unique prizes, including weekend getaways. Food and drinks are also available. Have a great picnic and swing to the beat. See you there.
Lafayette Community Garden Reminds You to Save Water in Your Landscaping. Here’s How.
Water will be saved at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center on Saturday, June 1, from 12 – 1:30 p.m., when Contra Costa County Master Gardener Roxy Wolosenko expertly guides the audience through a variety of practices that can help homeowners conserve water in their landscape. Learn about irrigation methods, plant selection and placement, water gardening and rainwater harvesting. Participants will also receive hands-on practice using irrigation components.
The Master Gardener will present data showing how conventional watering practices increase surface water runoff by 50-70% with a corresponding loss of rainfall retained for the landscape and replenishment of groundwater. Such runoff also places limitations on the soil’s ability to filter pollutants and washes pollutants into waterways via storm drains. Methods for creating rain gardens to capture rainwater onsite, rainwater harvesting, and other water conservation ideas will be discussed. Lafayette’s Travis Johnson will also be present to answer questions about gray water systems. The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center is located at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. across the street and west of the Lafayette Reservoir entrance. Register online at www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org. And, what’s more, this great event is free! Make sure to check out the other events the Community Garden is holding in the coming weeks.
Spare the Air Urges Everyone to Help Reduce Air Pollution
Warmer temperatures are just around the corner, and that likely means Spare the Air Alerts. The Spare the Air campaign works to raise awareness about local air quality and its health impacts while promoting clean air alternatives to driving alone. During the warmer weather months, hot temperatures, sunlight and tailpipe exhaust combine to create ozone or smog. Cars and trucks on Bay Area roads are the top cause of smog, which means the single most important action you can take to improve air quality in the Bay Area is to reduce your driving. Vehicles on Bay Area roads account for more than half of the air pollution in the region, so try commuting to work a different way – by carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, biking or walking. To learn more, sign up for email AirAlerts, or to get the daily air quality forecast, please visit sparetheair.org.
Acalanes Girl Up Club Knows How to Celebrate Mothers
The Acalanes High School Girl Up Club is hosting its second annual Mother’s Day celebration and wants your support. Join them and celebrate mothers and women around the world. The event is Saturday, May 18, at St. Stephens Church in Orinda, from 9:30am-12pm. There will be light brunch, games, and a raffle! Tickets are only $20 dollars for adults and $10 for kids. All ages and genders are welcome to attend the event. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the Girl Up Campaign, which focuses on providing resources for girls and girls' education in developing countries. Learn more and get tickets at the Acalanes webstore here. Questions about the celebration or Girl Up? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read All About It: Mother’s Day at the Friends Corner Book Shop
The Friends Corner Book Shop at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is the perfect place to grab those last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day. Whether the mom in your life is looking to build her knowledge of German history, plan her next adventure to Cambodia, or plant the most amazing kitchen garden, you may just find a book to match her interests. And cookbooks are even 50% off! Gift certificates are also available. Remember: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
It’s Another ‘Around Lafayette’ Column in the Lamorinda Sun
The City’s monthly newspaper column, "Around Lafayette," will be published in the print edition of the Lamorinda Sun this weekend. The column features some hard work on Lafayette's Creeks Day and wonderful news about the Library's Children's bookmark contest. Can’t wait for the paper delivery person? Get a peak on the East Bay Times website right here.
New Brochure: Searching for Lafayette’s Permanent City Manager
Avery & Associates, an Executive Search Firm based in Los Gatos, is on the job searching for Lafayette’s next permanent City Manager. To aid in the nationwide search, the firm, working with City staff, developed a new brochure. You can see the brochure, and download it, at Avery’s website here. Please share the brochure with anyone you think might be interested in the job. Also, let us know what qualities you wish to see in Lafayette’s permanent City Manager on Lafayette Listens: https://www.opentownhall.com/7372. And be on the lookout for a survey to be sent out soon to gather more feedback.
Monday’s Public Meetings
Monday is public meeting day 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.
- Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission Special Meeting, Monday, May 13, 8:30am, Merriewood Children's Garden, 561 Merriewood Drive, Lafayette. Read the agenda here.
- The City Council, Monday, May 13, beginning with a Study Session at 6pm, 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.
- Youth Commission, Monday, May 13, at 6pm, at the Lafayette Community Center, Sequoia Room 500 St. Mary's Rd., Lafayette. You can read the agenda here.
- Design Review Commission, Monday, May 13, at 7pm, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Read the agenda here.
Photo for the Week
Don’t pick the flowers, but enjoy them and celebrate moms everywhere on this Mother’s Day. (Do you remember this bloom a few months back at the corner of Deer Hill and Happy Valley?)
Quote for the Week
If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
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