11/22/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/22/2019 16:56
Friday, November 22, 2019 | What's Doing in Lafayette?
Production Note: The Weekly Roundup will not be published next week in honor of Thanksgiving.
Mayor Anderson Writes CPUC Seeking Reimbursement for Power Outage and Fire Costs
At the direction of the City Council, Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson sent a letter this week to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Marybel Batjer, seeking reimbursement for costs the city incurred during Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and Lafayette wildfires caused by downed PG&E lines in October. In addition to President Batjer, the Mayor's letter was also sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom, PG&E CEO William Johnson, and others. In his letter, Mayor Anderson asks the CPUC to direct PG&E to reimburse the City of Lafayette for $26,000 in costs related to the PSPS events and to-be-determined costs associated with the October 27, 2019 fires that caused an evacuation alert to be sent to 800 homes in Lafayette.
The Mayor also underscored in his letter the detrimental impact PSPS events have on Lafayette's local businesses and asks the CPUC to demand a long-term corrective plan from PG&E that will counteract the need for future power shutoffs. In seeking reimbursement, the Mayor requests the CPUC to order PG&E to reimburse California cities for their PSPS-related costs and to also develop a cost recovery policy for all cities as part of the PSPS program. Read the Mayor's full letter. The letter was also featured in an East Bay Times newspaper article, Lafayette Asks State to Require PG&E to Pay Back City for Power Shutoff Costs.
Council Amends Legislative Agenda to Ensure Safe, Reliable Delivery of Public Utilities
The Mayor's letter demonstrates the commitment the City of Lafayette is making towards keeping PG&E accountable for its actions. The City Council is also deeply concerned about the overall resiliency of our public utilities, including our telecommunications infrastructure. To this end, the Council Members recently amended their Legislative Agenda to more closely watch bills concerning public utilities and public safety - and to advocate for or against proposed legislation that could affect Lafayette. In addition to supporting legislation to access funding and resources that provide high quality police, fire, emergency management, emergency medical and public health services, the Council amended its Legislative Agenda to specifically include 'the need to monitor and support legislation that would reform public utilities to ensure the safe, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy and communications to Lafayette.' You can read the Council's amended Legislative Agenda here.
Let the Season Begin: Lafayette Chamber's 41st Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast
What better way is there to start the holiday season in Lafayette other than the Chamber of Commerce's Thanksgiving Breakfast, held annually for the past 41 years? With a breakfast served up by Lavash Mediterranean Restaurant and Catering, an invocation by Rev. Robin Wells of our Lafayette United Methodist Church, and a benediction by Pastor Jorge Chavez from the Living Hope Fellowship, the 200 or so gathered at the Veterans Memorial Center truly felt the holiday spirit come to Lafayette. The proceedings were expertly MC'd by Chamber President Christina Alba.
With a who's who list of dignitaries, including current and former Citizens of the Year, City Council Members, business, organizational and civic leaders, Rotary members, and just-plain-citizens, the morning provided everyone with that sense of community who cherish here in Lafayette. The inspirational speaker was Sean Perlmutter, of Pivotal Twist, with a talk, 'The Strangers of Kindness,' that laid out challenges to kindness, why they need to be overcome, and how to make kindness a core part of our daily existence. If you couldn't make it this year - or just want to re-live the morning, check out these photos from today's Thanksgiving Breakfast.
Lighting Lafayette's Tree of Lights
Last night, Hospice East Bay held its 33rd Annual Tree of ceremony at the old oak tree in Lafayette. The Roundup Saloon's parking lot was transformed by members of the community holding candles in memory of loved ones who have passed away. Vice Mayor Susan Candell offered moving remarks just before the beautiful oak tree was illuminated. As they looked up, family members were asked to pick one of the lights to represent their lost loved one. Hospice East Bayprovides end-of-life care to terminally ill patients, while offering emotional, spiritual, and grief support to the entire family. The not-for-profit, accepts all medically qualified patients, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Hospice East Bay has been compassionately serving patients and families in our community since 1977. View a photo gallery of last night's tree lighting in Lafayette.
It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette (But We Know That Already)
Speaking of 'The Season,' the Chamber of Commerce is putting on its 7th annual It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette community celebration to kick off the holidays. Scheduled for Friday, December 6, from 4-6:30 p.m., in Lafayette's Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, this event is a family favorite. And it's free. Arrive early and plan to stay! Throughout the event there will be activities for the kids, light refreshments and lots of photo opportunities. Santa's arrival at 4:30pm is a must-not-miss for the little ones followed by the official lighting of the Lafayette holiday tree at 5:30 p.m. and a community sing-a-long lead by Rena Wilson of Performing Academy. Our Master of Ceremonies this year is Lafayette's very own Pam Freund-Striplen, Artistic Director and Founder of the Gold coast Chamber Players.
There will be live entertainment throughout the event, including local student musicians, singers, and dancers from Stanley Middle School Chorus, Lafayette Kids' Cottage, Performing Academy, Lafayette Nursery School, the Sizzling Latin Dance Studio, the MCVT Glee Club & the Town Hall Theatre Kids. What's more, this year, there will be free train rides on the Lafayette Express and holiday drawings created by Lafayette's many Third Graders that will be exhibited at the event. A colorful Wonderful Life webpage awaits you here.
Chamber's Holiday Mixer at Merrill Gardens of Lafayette
You're Invited to a Community Holiday Social
Lafayette Social is hosting a Community Holiday Social, which is open to all Lafayette residents and local business owners, on December 5, from 5-7:00 p.m., at Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd. This will be a time to come together to celebrate the holiday season with a pop-up marketplace featuring local artisans and home-based businesses, live music, activities, festive food and beverages, raffle items, and lots of good cheer! Make sure you RSVP at www.lafayettesocial.com or here. Also, plan to participate in Lafayette Social's Toy & Food Drive for the homeless by bring an unwrapped toy (ages: newborn-18 years) or non-perishable food items to the Community Holiday Social.
Diablo Women's Chorale 'Winter's Light' Concert
What do you get when you mix 'Fa-La-La' with 'Cool Yule,' add a dash of 'Christmas, BabyPlease Come Home,' and season with a blend of other winter holiday songs? You get the Diablo Women's Chorale Fall Concert, 'Winter's Light,' on Sunday, December 8. Show time is 4:00 p.m., at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, in Lafayette. Backed by live musicians, the Chorale will present a program of jazzy, uplifting songs to kick off the beginning of the holiday season. Grab your friends and family members and join the Women's Chorale as they lighten a winter afternoon with songs from Lisa Loeb, George Michael, Irving Berlin, Phil Spector, and many others. Purchase advance tickets online at www.diablowomenschorale.org or call 1-800-838-3006.
Town Hall Theatre Presents Cinderella: A Fairytale
Our very own Town Hall Theatre celebrates the holidays with a delightfully original take on the classic Brothers Grimm story, 'Cinderella: A Fairytale,' by Sally Cookson and Adam Peck, as part of its 75th Transformations Season. Cinderella will have 12 performances, including two previews, December 5 through December 21, 2019, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com. The three special events that Town Hall is hosting including an Opening Night gala on Saturday, December 7, Lit Up, a literary salon on Monday, December 9, and Theatre Club, a post-show talk-back with complimentary wine, on Friday, December 13. Don't forget Town Hall's full bar and entertainment in the lobby one hour before performances for some holiday cheer.
Lamorinda Call for Writers and Artists
The Lamorinda Arts Council invites writers and artists to participate in their Sunday Dec. 8 Art Embraces Words program at the Lafayette Library in the Arts & Science Room from 2 to 4 pm. Emerging writers read excerpts from their work surrounded by visual artwork from local artists. In this way art literally 'embraces' the spoken word. Master of Ceremonies, Lafayette resident Lynn Carey, former host of the Times Book Club, moderates the event. A reception with light refreshments follows the readings. Visual artwork is videoed and uploaded to social media. This free program is made possible by a generous grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation. Go to https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words/, email [email protected], or call (925) 359-9940 for more information.
From the Superintendent: The Schools Report
The Lafayette School District, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Club and Lafayette Partners in Education, hosted 'Why Great Public Schools Matter,' an engaging discussion on November 6 with a panel of notable Lafayette public school alumni that included Dr. Gloria Duffy (Acalanes '71), President and CEO of the Commonwealth Club, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Bret Taylor (Acalanes '98), President and Chief Product Officer of Salesforce, co-creator of Google Maps, and co-founder of Quip, and Alan Chin (Acalanes '05), an American contemporary artist. Moderated by Dr. Duffy, the panelists shared their own experiences growing up in Lafayette schools and the effects on their personal and professional lives, as well as the impact of public education in society, and the challenges California public schools face today. View highlights from the event here.
Read All About It: Events at the Library
Stress/Rest and the Intersect with Food Choices, Health, and Longevity, Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the Homework Center: In this program, Dr. Julita Baker will share a scientific approach to thinking about the body's stress response, food choice, and health. She will delve into the research and you will leave the presentation with pragmatic tips to utilizing the stress response in a way that is beneficial to your long term health. Get a whole lot more info on the Library's website. And remember: 'Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!'
Are You Ready for BART's New Sunday Service?
According to BART, beginning February 11, 2020, two-line service into San Francisco will return. In addition to the Yellow Line, the Blue Line will once again offer Transbay service on Sundays, instead of turning back at MacArthur Station. How far the Blue Line will travel on Sundays depends on whether single tracking will be required on any particular Sunday for the cable replacement project that began earlier this year. Now, if you didn't know, on Sundays when there is no single tracking, the Blue Line will run to Daly City. For single-tracking Sundays, approximately half of all Sundays for the next two-to-three years, the Blue Line will travel from the East Bay to Montgomery Street Station and then turn back. For customers on the Blue Line who are travelling farther south, they will be able to transfer to a Yellow Line train at Montgomery St. Make sense? The tradeoff for the two-line service will be 24-minute headways, four minutes longer than the current Sunday service plan. BART staff believes this service plan will provide greater predictability and resilience in the event of a service delay. If you insist on learning more, we urge you to visit BART's website or call their customer service line at (510) 464-6000
Glenside Drive Speed Hump Update
As many folks know, the City installed a temporary speed hump on Glenside Drive on October 17, 2019. The matter will be brought before the Transportation & Circulation Commission for further discussion on January 6, 2020. Staff is compiling comments concerning the speed hump and the comments will be considered when the temporary speed hump is re-evaluated at the January 6 meeting. Also at the meeting, the Transportation & Circulation will provide direction to staff on how to proceed. Check out background on the speed hump, by visiting the Glenside Drive Speed Hump webpage. If you have comments regarding the Glenside Drive Speed Hump that you would like the Transportation & Circulation Commission to consider, please send them to the City of Lafayette's Transportation Planner, Justin Horng, at [email protected].
Watch Video of the Special Lafayette City Council Meeting Held on Monday
You can watch video of the Special Lafayette City Council meeting held Monday, November 18, 2019. The agenda included a Public Hearing concerning an Appeal by Lisa and Jon Williams of the Planning Commission's approval of L04-17 Vanita Bindal (Owner), PHC Zoning: Request for a Land Use Permit to demolish an existing 566 square foot office/retail space and install a new self-service car wash and a 763 square foot office/retail space, replacing the 173 square foot retail area in kind on a commercially developed property at 3255 Stanley Blvd, APN 177-061-027. The appeal was denied. Watch the entire meeting here on the City's YouTube Channel.
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.
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- Al Green
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