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The Weekly Roundup, September 6, 2019

Post Date:09/06/2019 3:35 PM

Friday, September 6, 2019 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Be Part of History: Monday’s Fire Station 16 “Push-In” Ceremony


Are you ready for Monday’s “Push-In” ceremony? Don’t miss this historic event in honor of the opening of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s newest fire station, Station 16, in Lafayette. The event, on Monday, September 9, at 11:00 am, is co-hosted by ConFire and the City of Lafayette. The community is invited to join City officials, ConFire leaders, Commissioners, the Chamber of Commerce, and the construction project team in the celebration. Also on hand will be “Old Betsy,” Lafayette’s original Model T fire truck dating way back to 1919 when Lafayette had its own fire district. “Old Betsy,” on loan from the Lafayette Historical Society for the event, will stand proud as firefighters ceremonially push her younger sibling, Engine 16, into its new home in Lafayette. 

Fire Station 16 is strategically located in northwestern Lafayette to help better protect the area, with its combination of dense residential construction, hilly terrain, and heavy vegetation, from the threat of wildland fires. The station represents a big step towards regaining capacity lost during the great recession. It consists of a single bay for Engine 16, as well dormitories and support facilities for its three-firefighter crew. Come out for the ceremony on Monday at 4007 Los Arabis Drive, in Lafayette. Plan to arrive early to park along nearby El Nido Ranch Drive, a five-minute walk from the station. A shuttle will also be available for those needing assistance.


City Council Meeting Monday and John Kiskaddon on the Piano

Enjoy a musical interlude before digging into the nitty gritty of the City Council’s agenda on Monday evening (see details below). An accomplished Lafayette pianist, John Kiskaddon, will be performing at 6:30 p.m., in the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. John started learning classical piano at age eight and began composing jazz tunes at fourteen. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

In 2000, he co-founded the JazKatz, a jazz quintet, and has played at the Piedmont Jazz Festival, fundraisers for the Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Piedmont Unified School District, as well as numerous private events. He counts among his many musical influences composers and artists ranging from Mozart to Stevie Wonder to Dave Brubeck. He loves playing his grand piano for patrons of the boutique clothing store, Harper Greer, that he and his wife Terry own in downtown Lafayette. In fact, Councilmember Cam Burks recalls John playing for him when he was on a walking tour of Lafayette business as Mayor-- Harper Greer was the first business he visited on his tours! We’ve wanted John to play before Council ever since. Come and enjoy John’s superb talent Monday night.  


Park Theater Trust, Now Officially a Non-Profit

Here’s an exciting update from The Park Theater Trust: All papers filed with regulatory agencies have been accepted and the Park Theater Trust has officially adopted its bylaws, elected its officers, and held its first board meeting as a nonprofit corporation. This is an important step forward for the community-based volunteer group working to bring the Park Theater back to life as a cinema and cultural hub in downtown Lafayette. Look for them at Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, and their open meetings are the last Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at City Offices. Please visit them at to learn more!


Police Department Gets a Lift, Six Actually


Good news, going operational this week are the six new vehicle parking lifts at the Lafayette Police Department. Months in the making, there is now enough room for 12 vehicles, six on top and six below, to be parked behind the police station on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Chief Ben Alldritt and his officers and staff are thrilled. So much so, they made this time-lapse video of the new vehicle lifts being installed, which we are sure you’ll enjoy.

Emergency Preparedness Tips and Tasks

Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commission is charged with preparing the city and residents for all hazards. Each week they present a tip or a task that can make you more prepared for a wildfire, an earthquake, or other disaster. This week’s Tip: Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.  

Things to consider include if you have poor cell reception, you may not get a CWS warning, so make sure your VoIP phone is registered with CWS. Remember that emergency news or weather broadcasts may not be closed captioned and the information that is shown on screen may not be spoken aloud. Words moving across the bottom of a television screen may move very quickly. The screen color or color of the text might make some information on television hard to read. If you have any comments or suggestions on these preparedness tips, please email


Public Art Committee’s LPIE in the Sky Exhibit at the Library


Lafayette’s Public Art Committee is pleased to present LPIE in the Sky: Spotlight on LPIE Art Instructors, a first-ever exhibition featuring the work of five Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) artist-instructors: Susan Fuller, Valyrie Gillum, Tim Hancock, whose work is shown above, Kristen Jensen-Horne, and Lisa Larsen. This exhibit seeks to honor the contributions of these artists to the cultural enrichment of the community. Lafayette is fortunate to have these talented artists and passionate educators inspiring its students.  

The exhibit is on now through September 30, and the opening reception is schedule for September 23, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Library’s Art Gallery.  LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers, working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools – Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette, and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School, and Acalanes High School.


Read All About It: Events at the Library

Birds of the East Bay Hills, Tuesday, September 17, at 11:00 am in the Don Tatzin Community Hall: Join Bob Lewis, award-winning photographer and past chair of Golden Gate Audubon's Adult Education Committee, to learn about the many bird species found in our gardens, with a discussion of things we can do to enrich bird habitats. Bob has taught birding classes in the Bay Area for over 25 years and this talk will include many illustrations of our local birds. Find out more here.  And, as they do most weekends, the Friends Corner Book Shop at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is having a Bag Sale on Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 am to1:00 pm.  Come along and fill your bag with treasures for just $10!  Remember: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"


CoCoCo’s Count Me In

Contra Costa County is excited to announce the release of the Contra Costa County Census 2020 Outreach and Assistance Grants Request for Proposal. Consider applying for a grant to support your work and to share the Census Outreach & Assistance Grants RFP with all tax-exempt organizations, schools, and public agencies who are working on Census 2020 outreach and awareness. The County seeks to fund grantees that are committed to ensuring a complete count of County residents with an emphasis on hard to count populations. Grant amounts in phase one of the RFP released on September 3rd will range between $2,000 to $20,000 to support Census outreach and education in Contra Costa County. All applicants are encouraged to attend the Bidders Conference on September 11, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Paramount Conference Room, 777 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA. For more information about Contra Costa County’s Request for Proposals and its Census 2020 work and resources, visit Questions about the RFP can be directed to Barbara Riveira, Office of the County Administrator, at (925) 335-1018.


200 Housing Bills? Come to the City’s Housing Legislation Meeting


Hard to imagine, but 2,700 bills have been introduced in Sacramento for consideration during the 2019 Legislative Session. Of those, approximately 200 are focused on housing. Similar to those introduced in 2017 and 2018, the 2019 bills cover a wide range of issues including the funding of affordable housing, streamlining of development review, erosion of local control, and increased state reporting requirements. Their impact on local governments and land use control is significant and they will require changes to local codes, master plans and the development review process. How will all of this affect Lafayette? 

Find out on September 24, when the City Attorney, Mala Subramanian will present an overview of the housing bills of 2019 and their potential impacts on the City of Lafayette. In addition, Townsend Public Affairs, the City’s advocacy firm, will provide an update on key housing bills (see also below). The meeting will commence at 7:00 pm at the Jennifer Russell Building, Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette.


Legislative Update: Bills We Are Watching

The City Council’s Legislation Committee keeps an eye on key bills that could impact the City of Lafayette. The City’s Legislative Agenda and principles are outlined on our Legislative Agenda Webpage, where you can also read detailed analysis of these priority bills:

AB 1484 (Grayson) – This measure would require a city or county to post on its website each fee imposed by the city, county and any dependent special district that is applicable to a housing development project.  The City of Lafayette has a Watch position on this measure. 

AB 1487 (Chiu) – This bill would establish the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority and would state that the authority’s purpose is to raise, administer, and allocate funding for affordable housing in the Bay Area and provide technical assistance at a regional level for tenet protection, affordable housing preservation, and new affordable housing production.  The City of Lafayette has an Oppose position on this measure. 

SB 330 (Skinner) – This bill establishes the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, and makes numerous changes, until January 1, 2025, to various statutes related to housing development. The City of Lafayette has an Oppose position on this measure. 

SB 592 (Wiener) – This bill extends provisions of the Housing Accountability Act to accessory dwelling units and certain ministerial decisions, and adds new provisions related to the enforcement of the Act. The City of Lafayette has an Oppose position on this measure.


Save the Date for These Local Happenings 

  • Sustainable Sunday, Sunday, September 15, 3:30-6:00 pm, in the Jennifer Russell building at the Lafayette Community Center
  • Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am to 7:00pm, and Sunday, September 22, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Coffee with Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson, Friday, September 27, 8:00-9:00 am, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
  • 8th Annual Harvest Fest, Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center,Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm


This Week’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 this week’s public meetings please visit our full calendar

  • Downtown Objective Standards Subcommittee, Monday, September 9, at 5:00 pm, at the Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Suite 265, Lafayette, in Room 265. Read the agenda and staff reports. 
  • Design Review Commission, Monday, September 9, at 7:00 pm, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Read the agenda and staff reports
  • City Council, Monday, September 9, at 7:00 pm, in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

    Entertainment 6:30-7:00pm provided by pianist John Kiskaddon. Open Session 7:00pm:

    • Mayor Anderson Recognizing Lisa Spiegler, Past President of Lafayette Partners in Education
    • Tracy Robinson, Administrative Services Director Introduction of new employee:  Jaime Rinetti, Assistant Recreation Coordinator
    • Election Coverage in the Almost Daily Briefing
    • Resolution 2019-44: Approving Application(s) for Specified Grant Funds associated with the  Brook Street Park Local Assistance Specified Grant
    • Resolution 2019-46 Authorizing Roadway Closure on Moraga Boulevard and Merriewood Drive for Halloween Trick-or-Treating
    • Amendment to the Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP scope of work for legal services related to the Terraces application
    • Tracy Robinson, Administrative Services Director Authorize an Appraisal of the Former Boswell’s Site
    • Councilmembers report on activities and consideration of matters a Councilmember wishes to initiate for placement on a future agenda
    • City Manager’s Update
    • Mayor Anderson Art & Wine Schedule for September 21st and 22nd
    • Councilmember Steven Bliss and Mayor Anderson Update on Strategic Goal 2 – Develop and Define the City’s Core Values and Corresponding Key Elements that Represent Lafayette’s Character
    • Councilmembers Bliss and Gerringer Resolution 2019-45 Appointing one member to the Community Center Foundation
    • Closed Session: Conference with Legal Counsel - Anticipated Litigation, Initiation of Litigation

Read the entire agenda and staff reports.


Photo for the Week

Congratulations to Joanne Robbins, City Clerk, left, and Carol Files, Administrative Assistant, right, on their 25th Anniversary with the City of Lafayette! When they started, there wasn’t email and the City still used typewriters for its correspondence. Now, those were the days.


Quote for the Week

All our sweetest hours fly fastest.




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